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Disabled Cornelius Man Upset With Carowinds' Policy

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Darrell Price says he went to Carowinds with his family on April 5th, and had what he calls “a horrible experience.”

Price says Carowinds' new line waiting policy forced him to wait in a different line and board the ride at a different time than his family.

The policy is set in place so that all visitors get an equal wait time. It gives riders with mobility restrictions an anticipated wait time depending on how long the main line is.

"If it's because they think some people game the system, or they think disabled people are like, ‘we get to skip a line,’" Price said. "I don't really care about waiting in line. Nobody likes to wait in line.”

Price says the policy is frustrating, but he understands that it stems from a bigger issue - people paying disabled visitors to help them skip the line.

Recently, parents of autistic children filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks & Resorts because of the line waiting policy there. He says he won't take it to that level, but wants to see change.

Would you take away all the handicap spaces because there are people who use their grandma's handicap placards to park in handicap space even though they're not handicap?" he said.

We reached out to Carowinds and they sent us this statement: "We are proud of our reputation for accommodating guests with all types of disabilities. Safety and guest comfort is our top priority and our staff is happy to assist all of our guests so that they may enjoy a safe day at the park."

Price says he has fond memories at Carowinds, but until he's able to share those same experiences with his children, he won't be coming back.

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