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    Ride a SEGWAY in Epcot!!!

    What is a Segway?

    They are the two-wheeled, one-person electric transportation devices that you may have seen Disney cast members riding around on. The are most commonly seen at Epcot where they were first put on display at an Innovations exhibit in March 2002. They are often seen in the parking lot and throughout the World Showcase.

    How cool would it be to ride one of these transporters around the World Showcase? Well, starting on February 14th you can give it a try. A new guest experience called "Around the World at Epcot" will allow guests to operate a Segway HT after a brief training period to learn basic maneuvers and obstacle avoidance techniques. Guests can then ride a Segway through several World Showcase countries before the area opens to guests in the morning.

    The two-hour experience will be available to ten people a day at a cost of $80 per person. Park admission is also required. For more details or to sign up, call (407) WDW-TOUR (939-8687).
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    $80!!!

    On the disney cruise you could ride one for 10 minutes for only $15. I am not sure I need 2 hours of riding time. Also, on South Beach in Miami you can rent one for an hour for $25.

    Oh well....

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    Yeah, who would have ever thought WDW would jack upithe princes on something, right? ;-)

    Still, it would be pretty cool to be able to fly arund the Lagoon with a churro in your hand on your little Segway...

    How about Segway drag races from the fountain at Innoventions to teh entrance to WS?
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    Ace you must know my weakness -- racing any vehicle -- now, I would pay $80 for the chance to do that


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    Riding one of those things look so cool, but knowing the speed demon in me, I might just run someone over and end up on someones WDW Pet Peeve board!
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    Irony???

    Does anyone else think it's ironic that Disney is refusing entry to its theme parks for disabled guests with their own personal Segways, yet for anybody willing to pay $80.00 you can ride one in Epcot!

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    I'm wondering what the logic is here...

    Can it be that Disney is afriad non-handicapped people will come in with Segways and say they are handicapped? Racing around the Lagoon?

    Maybe there is an issue with accessibility to attractions? Maybe they don't allow the Segways inside the pavilions?

    Is the Segway an "approved" (if there is such a thing) mobility device for the handicapped?

    I can't believe it's purely a money thing.... too much bad press would result and it's just not their way when it comes to this type of stuff.

    Anyone with any ideas?
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    Well, Disney's story is that Segways are not an "approved" device for people with disabilities.

    I just thought it was funny that the same week I saw the story about not allowing Segways, I log onto the DIS boards (sorry Ace)
    and see a new tour being offered with Segways!

    Tickled my funny bone! Talk about bad timing!

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