Disney's VIP passes for bigwigs raise...

Disney's VIP passes for bigwigs raise ethical questions

There are 162 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 10, 2008, titled Disney's VIP passes for bigwigs raise ethical questions. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Walt Disney World is offering politicians and other VIPs special passes that let them cut in line at popular rides such as Soarin' in Epcot and Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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Michael

Orlando, FL

#1 Apr 10, 2008
Who cares I will never go back there, when are people going to wake and realize its a rip off. Disney doesn't even offer retirement accounts for its low entry level positions.
Just another reader

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#2 Apr 10, 2008
most be a slow news day
Just another reader

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3 Apr 10, 2008
must be a slow news day and you needed to fill space. a real nothing story. NOBODY cares.
i care

Orlando, FL

#4 Apr 10, 2008
These officials are just people doing a job that is no more important than the jobs the rest of us do. They are public servants, put in place at our choosing. I don't see why they should get a perk that a hard-working cleaning woman, secretary, garbage man or anyone else can't get.
yalaharon

Chattanooga, TN

#5 Apr 10, 2008
as a Florida TAXPayer, I care. How many of Florida's politicians need a security unit ? So who makes up these big entourages ? Families ? I hope they all (politician and entourage) took a vacation day to visit the park. Florida politicians should not be allowed to accept these passes.
I can understand how this makes sense for other VIPs.

Truth

Anderson, SC

#7 Apr 10, 2008
It's all part of the BRIBES that get paid. It's Criminal, yet those Crooked politicians do nothing to stop their free gifts.
lessbo

Deland, FL

#8 Apr 10, 2008
JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE SEPERATION OF THE OLIGARCHS AND THE PLEBES
NotYourFathersDi sney

Cambridge, MA

#9 Apr 10, 2008
We always knew it was all about the benjamins. With the recent announcement of multimillion dollar homes being built on Disney property, poor maintenance, etc, this is another insult to the masses. If the people are such high profile, why are they there putting the masses at risk? A good public official wouldn't do that to their constituents, would they? As for the famous people who "would prefer they not be in the midst of large crowds or in any one place for an extended period of time". Hey, I'd prefer that, too. But isn't that the price for being famous? They're having their cake and eating it too.

Disney missed a great marketing angle on this one though. They could offer each guest to be a "caste" member. A member of the lowest caste, the untouchables, but still a caste member.
Rush

Orlando, FL

#11 Apr 10, 2008
Oh my God who cares. How about this -- I'd rather NOT stand next to a money grubbing, baby kissing, lie-to-your face politician while I'm standing in line.
Edward

Trenton, NJ

#12 Apr 10, 2008
As a government employee I am not allowed to accept anything of value, so I do not know how these government officials can accept these special passes. Than the joke around here is, when an elected or appointed government does something wrong, we the lower units of government employees are the ones who than have to sign the ethic statements and go to the ethic training, but we are not the ones breaking the rules.
OMG

Orlando, FL

#13 Apr 10, 2008
I am more than happy to have them cut the line. WHO cares? This is not a socialist society, we are capitalists. And Disney has brought everyone in the area some capital, directly or indirectly. I say, let them do WHATEVER they want. They have my support.

“I aim to misbehave”

Since: Mar 08

Boston Mass

#14 Apr 10, 2008
Considering that Disney employees have lost most of their free park priviledges, this seems a bit unfair. And no, technically they're right that it doesn't break any gift laws (since the passes have no monetary value.) However, as some might say, it violates "the spirit" of ethics laws. It's something available to these people solely because of their position. Now, if there were a couple available to paying guests--as random giveaways once they were in the park--that would be cool.

Since: Feb 08

Paisley

#15 Apr 10, 2008
I was a cast member once, until the incident....
Tom

Bradenton, FL

#16 Apr 10, 2008
I hate this fast pass idea in the first place, if they need fast passes then the park is too crowded. Now it is even worse by giving advantage to different classes? What is next, bring your w-2, and the highest income go to the front of the line? I paid my money, stop these games, and let me enjoy the park. I don't like line jumpers even if there condoned by the company.
Jeff

Brockton, MA

#17 Apr 10, 2008
Apparently the only people who care about this are those who think their elected officials can be bought so cheaply.

Do they really think that anybody is going to be swayed in making policy decisions by this?

The special passes aren't for local, low-level pols. They are for those people who would cause disruption in the parks thereby adversely affecting the guest experience for the rest of us.

And the other posters are right - it was a very slow news day if this story made the cut.
Charles

Orlando, FL

#20 Apr 10, 2008
Kim Prunty said:..." maintains that the passes have no monetary value and so are not restricted by government ethics laws and do not have to be reported either as gifts to public officials or as a lobbying expense..."

She is INCORRECT. She is very aware that regular civilian folk like me, if we wanted a Disney Fast Pass, would have to PAY for it. Of course that Gov't Pass has
more privileges attached to it, than my regular ol' Fast Pass, but she is highly aware, that YES you DO have to pay EXTRA for a Fast Pass. It is misleading to say it has no monetary value.

Just ANOTHER way Gov't Officials deliberately SEPARATE themselves from the common folk.

Shoot, we're not that bad. We're just people.

President George Washington used to hang out with regular civilian folk.

Why not today's Politicians??

END THIS PERK NOW!
Spike

Huntsville, AL

#21 Apr 10, 2008
You pay your money, you stand in line.
If you do not want to stand in line, don't spend your money. Stay home or take your money elsewhere.
As for me, I wouldn't pay $50 admission to stand in line for 85% of the time I visit a park. And to pay $10+ for parking? P.T. Barnum and Disney have the same DNA.
otownnole

Orlando, FL

#23 Apr 10, 2008
Charles wrote:
Kim Prunty said:..." maintains that the passes have no monetary value and so are not restricted by government ethics laws and do not have to be reported either as gifts to public officials or as a lobbying expense..."
She is INCORRECT. She is very aware that regular civilian folk like me, if we wanted a Disney Fast Pass, would have to PAY for it. Of course that Gov't Pass has
more privileges attached to it, than my regular ol' Fast Pass, but she is highly aware, that YES you DO have to pay EXTRA for a Fast Pass. It is misleading to say it has no monetary value.
Just ANOTHER way Gov't Officials deliberately SEPARATE themselves from the common folk.
Shoot, we're not that bad. We're just people.
President George Washington used to hang out with regular civilian folk.
Why not today's Politicians??
END THIS PERK NOW!
You do not have to pay for a fast pass.
Questor

Denver, CO

#24 Apr 10, 2008
I have never paid for a Fast Pass at a Disney Park. Unless you consider the entry fee part of the 'payment.' I read recently that one of the Magic players took his family to Medieval Times. he did not notify Medieval Times that he would be attending. Some teenagers knew who he was and asked for pictures and authographs, which the player agreed to allow. Another group of teenagers thought they were being slighted and a fight erupted. The player and his family left. It is a sad day that he could not even enjoy a day at Medieval Times without interruption. I think the same thing happens at Disney and I have no problem with them giving passes. If I saw and could even recognize one of our elected state officers, I would probably let them know that I thought they were doing a lousy job and let it go at that.
No crowds

Altamonte Springs, FL

#26 Apr 10, 2008
The security people state that don't like to be in big crowds. Hmm, don't want to be in big crowds? THEN DON'T GO TO FREAKIN DISNEY WORLD. These passes are clearly perks. It states it is for people who don't want a tour guide which I am sure costs money. Well then tough either stand in line like the rest of us, get the regular FastPass or hire a tour guide.

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