Hyperactive children to queue jump at theme parks

Waiting in queues deemed too stressful


Children with hyperactive disorders such as ADHD will no longer have to wait in line at theme parks because the stress of queuing is too much for them.


Theme parks, including Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, are handing out wrist bands that allow youngsters to jump queues for rides and attractions if they present a doctor’s letter as proof of having a hyperactive disorder.

“Children with ADHD are very impulsive and just can’t cope in a queue or when there is a delay in gratification,” said Andrea Bilbow, from the ADDISS support service. “They can’t stand and wait for an hour because there will be a nice ride at the end of it. They physically can’t cope with that.”

Priority passes are available at many of Britain’s theme parks and a spokesman for Thorpe Park explained that families are given a time to come back that reflects the length of the normal queue line, meaning they avoid standing for a long period.

However, teachers have criticised the system, saying it undermines teaching children patience.


What do you think? Should hyperactive children be given priority at theme parks or should they join the queue?


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