Court sides with Disney on Segway ban

Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013 9:28 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

A California appeals court sided against the woman and agreed with Disneyland, concluding last week that the Segway was just too dangerous to be used as a mode of transportation inside the Southern California theme park. The park accommodated alternatives such as motorized scooters and wheelchairs for the disabled, the court noted.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 9:59 AM

I think they made the right call on this one. How can I 'vote up' the California appeals court?

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:28 PM

I totally agree with you. However, this does imply that perhaps the reason they canned the Segway tours at Epcot was this lawsuit. That sucks. That tour was fantastic, especially if you did it early without a guest soul in the park.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:00 PM

^ A "guest soul" sounds like something you'd find at the Haunted Mansion. :)

Last edited by birdhombre, Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:00 PM
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:00 PM

I wonder if this will ripple through other parks as well. Segway Man at Cedar Point wouldn't be happy about it.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:39 PM

I think the park is wrong in letting him use it in the first place.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 3:28 PM

Warning: NSFW for language...

mc chris - on his Segway....you HAVE been warned.

Rollin'.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=512B_tQjqN0

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 3:42 PM

I agree Jeff. I was just curious.

On a side note, the only other park I have seen Segways is at Holiday World. I believe I saw security officers using them.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 4:20 PM

This shouldn't have even gone to court. If Disney wants to ban segways, they shouldn't have to get permission from a judge to do it.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 4:51 PM

^ It think the reason this ended up in court was due to the person filing under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Otherwise, yes it would have simply been a park policy matter.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 4:14 AM

Ignoring the safety debate with the Segways, (have you ever been run over by a motorized wheelchair? Those hurt too!) I disagree that scooters and wheelchairs are a suitable alternative. The ability to look at your fellow human beings at eye level is a major selling point for the disabled who choose Segways over wheelchairs. I guess it's hard for an average person to imagine spending a day "beneath" everyone else, but I'm sure it's not easy.

Additionally, there are many disabilities out there where a person can stand just fine, but walking is difficult, and transitioning from sitting to standing is a nearly impossible task. For those people, a seated alternative like a chair or scooter is absolutely not an acceptable alternative.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 7:57 AM

Massive robot suits would be preferable to wheelchairs as well, but if they were similarly disruptive or dangerous at the park, there's no reason they should be used either. I'm not saying disability is a breeze, but the parks and courts here are tasked with a difficult balancing act, and they did as well as one could expect.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:22 AM

According to the last paragraph of the article, Disney is working on a 4 wheel electric standup vehicle. That would address the "looking people in the eye" issue without the safety issues of Segways.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013 9:50 AM

If you have mobility issues, how does a Segway help that? There's a reason they're not prescribed as medical devices. Have you have ever been on one? Your legs get very tired after awhile. It's a lot like standing without moving for an extended period of time. I can walk for hours, but standing on a Segway for even two hours gets really uncomfortable.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:38 PM

Break Trims said:

Massive robot suits would be preferable to wheelchairs as well...

Yeah, but if you want any kind of selection you have to visit a Big and Metallic shop.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013 8:32 PM

GoBucks89 said:

According to the last paragraph of the article, Disney is working on a 4 wheel electric standup vehicle. That would address the "looking people in the eye" issue without the safety issues of Segways.

They are, I've seen a few of them myself, though I don't believe they're available to guests yet. It is basically their standard ECV body with a bicycle seat on a very long pole where the regular seat would be and a very long handle that looked a little flexible.

Very glad to hear the court took this stance.

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Friday, July 26, 2013 1:48 AM

Jeff said:

If you have mobility issues, how does a Segway help that?

I went to high school with a guy, and I don't know what the name of his condition was, but he had some sort of muscular issue with his legs. He could stand for hours on end, but walking was tough and often put him at risk of falling over. Moving from a seated position to standing was a feat that took him a couple of minutes and a fair amount of exertion to do.

I was with him at a robotics competition once when he met the inventor of the Segway (it was brand new at the time) and he couldn't get over the possible life-changing implications such a device could have for him and others with his condition. People like him are exactly who I keep going back to in my mind as when I say it's genuinely insulting to suggest a seated alternative is an appropriate alternative.

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Friday, July 26, 2013 11:20 AM

People like him are a fraction of a fraction of people with mobility issues. Has a Segway ever been prescribed as a medical device? Is it covered by insurance?

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Friday, July 26, 2013 3:31 PM

Hypothetically, if parks (or any other business) were forced to allow them, I'd want to know the people had proper training in how to drive them. Perhaps some type of certification or license. I'd go so far as to say, anyone driving one should have to carry some type of liability insurance.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013 9:11 AM

I still think people need training and a license to drive those motorized scooters around. I can't count the number of times I have nearly been run over in walmart.

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