I have confirmed, from a confidential and normally reliable source, that today, April 1, 2014, a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) owner will be filing a class action lawsuit against Walt Disney World. The gist of the lawsuit will be to demand Disney allot five FastPass+ experiences per day to all DVC members.
I called Tilleulen Spiegel, the attorney my source identified as filing the class action, to get more details about the lawsuit. DVC members, she said, visit Walt Disney World more frequently and deserve better treatment than ordinary paying guests. “DVC members visit the theme parks more frequently than other guests,” she asserted, “and Disney is fooling itself if it thinks only three Fast Pass+ experiences a day are going to satisfy them. DVC members are Disney’s most loyal clientele. They deserve special treatment and I intend to sue Disney until they get it.”
I asked Spiegel whether her planned class action lawsuit might be perceived as elitist or, worse, trigger a backlash against DVC members from non-DVC guests. “Bring them on” she said, “I’m not afraid of the unwashed masses, I represent them all the time. If they want additional FastPass+ experiences, let them file their own class action.”
I asked Spiegel what she would do if guests staying at Disney’s Deluxe Resorts were to demand five FastPass+ experiences a day. “Easy,” she said, “I’ll just amend the complaint to increase the number of experiences I demand for DVC members.”
By this point in the interview, I began to suspect my usually reliable source had set me up. The whole idea of a lawsuit demanding additional FastPass+ experiences seems, to me at least, pretty outlandish.
So when I asked Ms. Spiegel the name of her client, I was not too surprised when she informed me that she was also going to be the named plaintiff. I guess Ms. Spiegel will attempt to disprove the old adage that “a lawyer who represents herself has a fool for a client.”