Disabilities is a subject that really gets me boiled over.
Unfortunately, there are many rouge disabilities claiments that not only robs the hard working tax payers of thier hard earn cash, but also they rob the seveley disable the rights to make use of services that they really need. (I must point out that not all people claiming disabilities are rouges).
My wife is physically servely disable (but she is very much all thier with her mind). She suffers from two very rare condidtions, one is where her all her joints are natually and easily fractured. As a result, she can't put weight on her legs or arms as well as she needs to imobilise them.
For DLA and blue bage, you need to fit a certain criteria. As a result of my wife disability, she is a prisoner in her own home. Going out for her is a total nightmare. Every time we go out, blue bage bays are hogged up by people that we see getting out that can walk (sorry we oftern she them running and walking very fast) more than the 100meters requirement oftern carringing heavy loads. Obviously these people have either borrowed, stolen or lied about thier disability.
And it is not just the blue bage holders that use the disable bays, ofter these are used by non blue bage holders who think it is ok to just park in these bays to quickly nip into the shop.
Disable toilets are oftern hogged up by non disable users.
My wife can't take the slightest knock with out it causing her pain and further fractures in her joints, but yet each time we go out, she is constantly knocked by disregarding people who think its ok to simply push by her.
This spoils it for people with genuine disabilites. Those with real moblility disabilities that need to use the disable entrance should not be label as que jumpers.
Also those with genuine disabilities that would mean using the normal que should not be denie the right to get on the rides quicker. It may seem unfair that they have an advantage to get on the rides quicker, but in thier every day life, life is genuinely unfair to them.
Alton Towers are excpetionally good for dealing with my wife condition and I can't fault them and they do a marvalous job.
Unfortunately, Alton Towers can't discriminate aginst someone who has a disability with out someone shouting out discrimination, (and this is why so many blue badges are dished out willie nillie).
Alton Towers policy is that all people should use the normal que entrance unless their disability prevents them from using the normal que line.
I think that those with non mobility disability should have a fast track pass for all rides leaving the disable entrance for those with mobility problems and of course the blind.
I'm sorry if I've offended any one here, and I do appriciate that some disabilities are hidden, but there is a very big difference between someone who is able to jump on and of rides running from ride to ride than someone who struggles getting on and off rides as well as having to rely on a wheel chair or walking stick due to servere pain. (and in my wife case having to be physically lifted carefully from wheelchair to ride) Please note that my wife can't ride any of the big rides due to her condition.
A time pass looks like the best way forward to this problem. Having a card that marks the que time down will deter a lot of people using the disable que, this has proven to work at thorpe park. And for those with a mobility problem, it takes them twice as long to walk to the next ride, so by the time they reach the next ride, the time would have elapse meaning that they would not have to wait very long to get on the ride.