Disneyland Resort Update
Disneyland Resort Update by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix
Update for July 23 - 29, 2012
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07-22-2012 11:01 PM
Congrats on hitting your 12 year anniversary and thank you!
I couldn't believe the picture of the float for the Volleyball players. We were using that in 1991 for Celebration USA and it was already recycled by then - I believe it was used before that in several parades. That thing is well over 20 years old!
I certainly don't look forward to an army of Segways storming the park. I get enough bruised heels with all the wheelchairs and scooters operated by "experienced" drivers.
Honestly, I expect Segways would cause you less trouble than those ECVs. They're smaller and more maneuverable, and have fewer parts sticking out to poke you.
Originally Posted by carolinakid
I believe Disney's issue with Segways is that they can go much faster than an ECV can. If someone brings their own Segway into the park, they'll more than likely know how to use it properly -- but they'll also be comfortable going at a faster speed. The problem is that, on a relatively uncrowded day, someone could be zipping up Main Street U.S.A. at a pretty good clip, and a small child could wander out right in front of it...
Disney can tell people to keep the speed to a certain limit, but it's very hard to control guests' behavior.
An option is for Disney to have its own fleet of speed-limited Segways available for rental, but the potential renters of those Segways might not have the proper training and experience needed to operate them in a crowded situation. It's very understandable why Disney wants to ban them from the parks completely.
Maybe Disney can provide 3-wheel stand-up scooters that have a low max speed instead of Segways. I don't see a reason why it has to be Segways.
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I don't know if they were 3 wheeled or not - but that's exactly what Disney had agreed to supply as part of the settlement with the suit in Florida (that was later thrown out all together by the judge, so even though they reached a settlement, Disney didn't have to comply with it after all). They called them ESVs - Electric Standing Vehicles. Disney was going to have a couple dozen available for rental in WDW (I think that was divided between all 4 parks, so not a huge total number) - I really hope that they use that as the starting point of this 'study' they're being required to do by the 9th circuit.
Originally Posted by pixar
Happy 12th anniversary Mouse Planet! I hope that Disneyland does not implement the use of Segways in the parks because of the speed and possible injuries to guests unfamiliar with their use if Disney decides to rent them.
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