Recently, I was invited to go along with a friend for a one day jaunt to Disneyland. As I've already posted here ("Assisted" guest experience ), I usually obtain a GAP. 99% of the time, I have no issues but this experience was a bit different.
We decided to go on Matterhorn and the line was really long. I told my friend that I would sit at the bench just outside the entrance and wait while she wound her way through the line. She did and we spent about twenty minutes texting each other for conversation while she went through the line. When she got to the cut-off CM, she asked if I could join her in line and the castmember waved me over. The CM looked at my GAP and remarked that we could go through the gate and board immediately. She unhooked the chain and let my friend out of line and escorted us through th exit. For whatever reason, this infuriated several people in the line and they started commenting. The CM tried explaining that we had a pass and things calmed down. We rode the ride and exited. At which point, a male guest who had been behind my friend in the original line was standing where we'd exited because he was about to get on the ride. He yelled, very loudly, "Fakers suck! Where's your wheelchair?"
We tried ignoring him and kept walking, but it ate at me.
I decided to take another break and sat down on the curb just outside of the Tea Cups. My friend got in line to hold our place for Tea Cups and when she got to the boarding CM, the CM waved me through the exit and...what do you know...that same guy was in the line watching us board the tea cups. Again, he made a comment. Everytime our cup spun around to that section of the line, he shouted rude expletives and as I was attempting to get out of my tea cup, he chose to confront me. He said he was sick of "fakers" abusing the handicap system and that he had told the CM that he'd seen us "running" between rides. There was a CM waiting by the exit gate and she asked to see my GAP. The CM was nothing but professional; however, by the time she was done looking at my pass, the gentlemen and his friends were making their way through the exit and COMMENTED AGAIN and asked the CM to explain why we were "getting to cut". The CM apologized to HIM and said that he could register a complaint with City Hall. Then, she left the area.
I understand that things are getting out of hand with people misusing the scooters and wheelchairs. I also understand how frustrating it might be to watch someone go before you in a line. But, for every "faker", there's someone with a legit reason to have a GAP.
I wish there was a way for Disney to root out the people who were faking, too. But, until that happens, I feel like we need to cut our fellow park guests some slack and not assume too much. Has anyone else had a similar experience?