Abuse debates aside,
It appears that much of the focus on the GAC system, both from Disney and from able bodies guests, is on the use of a wheelchair and the needs due to the chair.
Many of those who needed the GAC are those with life altering HEALTH conditions, or issues not directly related to a wheel chair. Disney, and park guests would do well to remember that the chair may just be a device that some use, but not the reason that the person needs or receives assistance.
IMO, the new system will only be of benefit to those who can play the " run around game" to use it that way.
Illness=loss of stamina. But Disney is requiring a person to go and register when they get to the park, then go and ask for a special pass EVERY single time for what ever (not all) rides that offer it. Then it only works as a fastpast and the person STILL has to go and get in a long line. REALLY? Is this best for the ill? (For the single parent of an Autistic child? or for..)
Energy for many with health conditions is like a clicking clock as well as a pedometer. Each step, And/or each minute drains energy. The system also adds stress of trying to plan the ride pass around where you may be , or how you might be feeling...etc. This creates MORE STRESS on an ill person. Some people can only ride a handful of rides and they may be across the park from each other. I may be well enough for Splash Mountain now, while I am here for it, but not in a hour. If so, I will not get to ride Splash at all.
The old system allowed people to ride what they could, when they could, while conserving energy, not crisscrossing the park, or having to guess how they will feel later. ( Which is an ever changing thing with some illnesses.) That is why it worked.
Some people in other threads asked how " those " people managed in real life with out a GAC? THEY DON"T. Someone mentioned standing in line at Mc Donalds. They don't stand in line for an hour at Mc Donalds, they don't go shopping like you do. Many go without doing or getting the things you or I take for granted.
For many GAC users a trip to Disney is a HUGE investment in energy and health, but it is done because life is so hard that a place to escape, even a brief escape, from their health reality, is the one thing in life to still look forward to.
You don't see the tears of pain back in the room once the adrenalin of escapism wears off. (By the way, depression is a hush-hush little devil that also accompanies many with health issues.)
My opinion is that Disney appears to just want the whole assistance issue to go away. The don't want the backlash of just pulling all assistance, so, instead they have designed a system that gives so little, and requires so much, that people may not want to try to use it to cheat. It appears that the "pixy dust" given to help some have a less pain filled day, or a fighting chance to see more attractions in a day, is being taken away from many who truly need it.
Those with little energy will now have to use much more of it sitting in a line, and will see much less of Disney, possible making the monetary expense too much for the little amount of time they get to spend in the park. It is like telling a healthy person, you can visit, but can now only visit 4 attractions in a day.
Congratulations to the majority. Your line position will be less challenged. Have fun when you get home from Disney, no therapy sessions, no shoe box of drugs or ...
Go shopping, have a day with out pain, play with your healthy child that can focus and wait... and GOD forbid anyone else ever gets anything special that you do not get. Those that lose out will not be on the nightly news.