I think Disney has a right to offer only the use of their ECVs to guests, as they control the speed and braking and such. Same thing with traditional Segways, these are inappropriate for theme park use. Anybody, disable or not, could have a very bad accident and hurt guests, sorry, I go with protecting children first and foremost.
Maybe Disney could modify a Segway to go very, very slowly, but you still have more accident potential than with ECVs. There might be some disable persons for whom a standing position is more comfortable than a sitting position, (it is probably healthier too), so I think maybe allow heavily modified Segways which are less prone to tip over and which go very, very slowly, same speed as an ECVs, perhaps slower.
I can't imagine a Segway being safe at Disneyland.
For one thing, the windows on main street are eye-level for kids, Walt specifically made them this way, and folks in ECVs can see inside the shops easier too. People on Segways would be at risk for crashing through the windows, falling as they navigate over the curbs, and Main Street, for starters, would need to be modified to be Segway safe, horizontal bars over the windows, no children under ten which could be seriously injured . . . Disneyland wasn't meant to be an obstacle course for Segways.
I think that some dot.com millionaire died when he drove a Segway off a cliff in Italy. Even adults who have experience with them have trouble controlling them at all times.
Also, the employees in Epcot will get fired if they do something unsafe on the Segways, guests often get entitled when visiting Disneyland and some on Segways might get overly aggressive on them which would cause accidents. Would Segway riding guests be allowed to enter shops on Main Street? Talk about having a bull in a china store!
From what I recall, Disney's Segways were modified so they could not go beyond a certain speed, even though Segways are capable of going faster.
Disney currently permits personal wheelchairs, ECVs (and strollers) and cannot inquire as to a guest's need when they rent one. Rented Disney Segways could be speed-modified, but what happens when a group of "disabled" people arrive with their personal Segways capable of doing top speeds? They may actually need the transport, but Disney cannot request any proof. And a bunch of speeding personal Segways around the park sounds like personal injury lawsuits waiting to happen.
I had no idea Segways were used by disabled people in lieu of wheelchairs.
I work at a high school in special ed. We have a teacher on campus who, because of a traffic accident years ago (I believe) has mobility issues. He has braces on his legs, and can't walk long distances easily. He is also one of the PE teachers and a coach.
Because of his disability, he uses a segway to get around campus. We have a pretty good size campus, and we have wide walkways between buildings.
And yet... he has still almost run me over more than once on that darn thing. So I seriously would hate to see what would happen on Main Street or heaven forbid... Adventureland on a packed day with a bunch of those things wizzing around. At least the ECV's or whatever they are are low to the ground and basically a lot slower than a segway.
I have no opinion really, but I don't see a lot... any segways anywhere except for guided tours... how big of an issue will this really be? I feel like there are not a ton of commercial segways out there, are there?
In reading the opinion (thank you for the link Brenden) I see the word 'settlements' mentioned more than once (no dollar amount). I think this woman's lawsuit is more about money than mobility! It would be interesting to see the previous decisions pertaining to this lawsuit.
In the article linked in Calsig's original post there is a comment from someone who apparently has his own Segway & is a frequent Disneyland visitor; he's pretty clear that in his opinion Segway's are NOT suitable for the park.
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I've ridden a Segway, though granted not very often and not for long. I found it not terribly difficult to control, but without a lot of fine precision. I think they would be dangerous in the crowds that one finds at Disneyland.
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