Disabled Advocates Push to Lift Ban on Segways at Theme Parks

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.


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