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Old 05-02-2013, 11:05 AM   #211
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They have a picture of a Segway being built for people that cannot stand. You basically sit on it and it looks sort of like a small bike, but in a Segway design. I really didn't realize I was finding information about the Segway Tour from "Behind the Scenes Tour."
Well here it is.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3105351

And if this is the reason, it still seems odd*.

* This is the best word I could come up with. The ADA excuse still doesn't seem correct and I'm leaving it at that.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:14 AM   #212
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We saw one in the park last week, too! But why that would be the reason for cancelling tours is beyond me...
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:39 PM   #213
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We saw one in the park last week, too! But why that would be the reason for cancelling tours is beyond me...
Did you see a tour or a segway?
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:11 PM   #214
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Oh! Sorry for the vague comment, lol! It was a standing Segway, not a tour. :[
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:13 PM   #215
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I think there is a little confusion - they aren't developing a sitting segway as far as I know or guest use in the parks...Disney is working on (really, getting someone else to supply) a new standing vehicle that has four wheels. IIRC, one of the issues brought up with the segways is the "failure conditions".

A segway, in operation, balances on its two wheels via a computer that constantly adjusts the balance via a series of gyroscopes. It is not a "naturally stable" condition. Before you turn it off, there is a "kickstand" that needs to be lowered, giving it a third contact point and more stability.

It actually isn't hard to over-lean on a segway and topple, especially if you are not familiar with it.

A four-wheeled unit is inherently more stable, and is naturally in a "failsafe" condition - if the unit power fails suddenly, it will stop...but it won't fall over. I don't believe it is the same for a segway (there are fault detection systems, but I believe the parking stand is still manually deployed).

A wider wheelbase also adds even more stability during use.

Edit: I forgot...Segway did do development on a 4-wheeled version of their own, meant for more off-road type applications. But it was also still supposed to be computer balanced, so I'm not sure if it would apply here...also not sure it ever got very far.
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Oh! Sorry for the vague comment, lol! It was a standing Segway, not a tour. :[
Was it just a normal regular segway or one of the new standing ECVs. I have read that Managers still use Segways to get a around and has nothing to do with the cancelations.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:55 PM   #217
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Nope it was definitely not a normal Segway! It had 4 wheels and the person was standing, and DH pointed it out to me and said, "See? That's what they look like!" We were pretty excited to see one! Lol, we're so nerdy...

Edit: on my last post I realize I wrote "standing segway" hahaa... really it should have been "standing ecv" *facepalm*
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This has gone very quiet, are people still being cancelled or are the tours back on?
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:46 AM   #219
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I meant to post here the other day after I got off the phone with Disney. I had called to find out if we could opt-in to help test the Magicbands on our honeymoon in July. (inquiring minds - they are randomly calling people and asking them if they want to beta test)

While he was on the phone with the guy, my fiance asked about the status of the Epcot segway tour. He said they were all cancelled and it was due to a liability issue. We mentioned that we had been reading about people having their tours cancelled only 2 weeks out from their reservation date and how it stinks to do that to someone. He understood but maintained that they are all cancelled.
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