Some Want Ban Lifted On Segways

Saturday, October 13th 2007, 3:04 pm
By: News On 6

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Advocates for the disabled are pushing Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando to lift a ban on the use of Segways at the theme parks.

The advocates say the scooters give people who can't walk a degree of personal freedom not afforded by wheelchairs.

A Disney World spokeswoman tells the Orlando Sentinel that the park isn't turning people away, turning away a particular form of transportation.

Disney runs paid, guided Segway tours of Epcot and the Fort Wilderness campground, and has put many of its employees on Segways.

But, Disney officials say they see serious safety concerns if potentially untrained visitors are riding Segways on crowded walkways.

The push to allow the two-wheeled, electric Segways at the park is coming mostly from an organization that raises money to donate Segways to disabled U.S. military veterans and pushes for their acceptance.