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VIPs, politicians gain right to cut in line— at theme park

Hey, is that the mayor cutting ahead of us on Expedition Everest? Could be. Politicians and other VIPs have been receiving special passes that let them cut in line at popular rides at Walt Disney World. Back in 1999, Disney introduced its FastPass system that allows visitors a chance to avoid long lines at some of its them parks. Last fall, Disney's government affairs office first started providing the passes to elected officials to avoid the logisticals or security problems that might arise from waiting in long lines. Disney maintains the passes have no monetary value and therefore don't have to be reported as gifts to public officials or a lobbying expense under government ethics laws. But watchdogs aren't so sure. "It clearly is a perk," says Ben Wilcox of Common Cause of Florida.

VIPs, politicians gain right to cut in line— at theme park 04/10/08 [Last modified: Friday, April 11, 2008 2:26pm]
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