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Disney Resorts hit with 30 proceedings of the autistic visitors

A federal appeals court is giving the green light for visitors with autism to deal with lawsuits against Disney theme parks who claimed that not enough was being done to accommodate them.

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has taken 30 lawsuits on behalf of parkgoers with severe autism, claim that the iconic theme parks’ system of “appointment times” for people with disabilities has failed enough for the plaintiffs and led to staggering “meltdowns.”

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Aug. 17 that a trial is needed to determine whether the “happiest place on earth” in fact in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act by the allegations.

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The 65-page ruling came from the review of 30 consolidated lawsuits in which the Disney parks in Florida and California.

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According to The Gainesville Sun, the 65-page ruling came from the review of 30 consolidated lawsuits in which the Disney parks in Florida and California. The lawsuits allege that parkgoers with autism have suffered “meltdowns” or their routines were interrupted during the wait for the attractions, and that Disney’s current “appointment time” program for people with disabilities not suitable for their needs.

Under the current policy, Disney allows visitors with disabilities get a special card that allows them an “appointment time” to be on a ride with little to no waiting time. The card allows them to have unlimited “appointment times during the day and allows them to get on rides immediately if the wait is less than 15 minutes.

Disney employees also have the power to make the hands out of the acquisition passed on to visitors with disabilities, allowing them again on a ride immediately.

Disney previously had allowed visitors with disabilities to the front of the line, but changed the program in 2013 amid reports of abuse by people without disabilities. The new program for visitors with disabilities, though, disturbed set of routines on the order of the rides, and not to let autistic visitors to go on rides exactly when they wanted to, the plaintiffs said.

“It is the nature of the neurological disability that makes waiting an impossibility,” the plaintiffs argued.

“Disney Parks have an unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive and accessible environment for all our guests. The lower court to the conclusion that we fully complied with all ADA requirements and rejected claims, ” a Disney spokeswoman said.

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The plaintiffs said a solution would be to disabled guests a pass to guarantee that they would not have to wait more than 15 minutes for all the rides.

But Disney argued that the solution was no different than her previous program, which was exposed to abuse when the non-disabled visitors would hire disabled guests to join their party, so they don’t have to wait.

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As the court cases move forward, the judges said that Disney does not intentionally discriminate against the autistic visitors, and that is the question which the court will decide whether Disney needs to modify its policies.

Representatives for Disney returned to Fox News’ request for comment on the story with the following statement:

“Disney Parks have an unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive and accessible environment for all our guests. The lower court to the conclusion that we fully complied with all ADA requirements and rejected claims, ” a Disney spokeswoman said.

“The judge in the appeal ruling sends the cases back to the lower court for further proceedings. We are reviewing the decision and evaluating next steps.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak

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