SEGWAY tour around the World Showcase at EPCOT

My wife surprised me on our trip to Disney last week with a tour around EPCOT on a Segway transport. I had seen people riding these around on previous trips and commented on how fun it looked. I was excited to finally get a chance to ride one.

My day started early, as the tour began at 8:30am. I walked from the Beach Club Resort to the back entrance of EPCOT before the park opened. Once inside, I headed over to guest relations to sign in. It was odd walking through the park before any guests were there. The only people around were a few gardeners and some maintenance workers. After I checked in and signed a quick liability release, we walked with our guide over to the training area at Innovations West. We started by picking out our helmets and watching a short video on some safety features. Once that was over, our guide rolled out a SEGWAY and showed us how to turn it on, how to get on and off, and how to make it move. Then, we each got to practice ourselves.

SEGWAY tour at EPCOT

Getting on was easy enough. Just hold it level until you see a green light (you will see red lights if it’s not level) and step on one foot at a time. It’s a little shaky at first, but it really only takes about 5 or 10 seconds to get the hang of it. A computer and gyros in the base help to stabilize it and your body movement forward or backward makes it move in that direction. It’s very sensitive and only takes a small amount of leaning to make it move. The sensors under your feet feel every move you make and react in that direction. To make it turn. You lean the bar in the direction you want to turn. If it sounds difficult, it really isn’t. There were six adults and two teenagers in our group and we all picked it up easily.

After our training session inside, we headed out to the park for a trip around the World Showcase. Along the trip, we stopped in several of the countries where our instructor gave us a little information on the country and also took us through some ‘challenge’ courses. We rode down a ramp in China, through the miniature train village next to Germany, in and out of the columns in Italy, and through France. Half way around, we had some free time to ride around within a coned-off area and have our pictures taken by the lake. Once we got back to Future World, we had to weave through people, as the park had opened while we were on our ride.

My daughter was bummed that she couldn’t take the tour, but you have to be 16 or older to ride. There is also a weight limit for riding, which is 100-250 pounds.

If you ever get the chance to take this tour, I highly recommend it. It is a two hour tour, including the instruction time. The SEGWAY is easy to ride, and I can’t think of a better place to ride than at the Walt Disney World resort.

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Planning For A Walt Disney World Trip, Stage 2 -Dining And Activities Reservations, by Gil Pohl

Recently I posted the first of three blogs I am writing about planning for a Walt Disney World Trip.  In Stage I of planning for your trip we talked about where to stay, what tickets to purchase, and how to make dining plans.  Hopefully, with the help of Ears of Experience you have now picked the right “on property” resort, know what ticket package is best for you, and have decided if a dining plan is right for you.  Most experienced Walt Disney World travelers would hope to have all of this done at least 6 months from the time of the upcoming trip.  Why six months?  Disney has just changed back to a 180 day advance reservations system for dining and special activities.

With all of the Disney Dining plans now available and the offering of free dining at certain times of the year, if you plan on eating at any of the on-property sit down restaurants, advance reservations are a most.  So if you plan on having Breakfast with Cindy or a fun filled evening at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Review, let Ears of Experience get those reservations made as soon as possible.  The more popular the dining experience, the sooner you must book. 

If you have taken my advice and book a room on-property, then Disney will allow you to book 180 + ten days in advance.  What this means is that by using your room reservation number, meals for your entire stay (up to ten days) can be made at one time up to 180 days in advance. 

EPCOT Dive QuestIn addition to dining reservation, booking of special activities must also be done early.  Disney World offers everything from behind the scene tours of the parks, parasailing over Bay Lake, golfing, spa treatments, and just about anything else you can think of doing.  During my up coming trip in December I am going to EPCOT Segwey TourSCUBA dive
at the Living Seas and take a Segway Tour of EPCOT before it opens. 

Remember, do not over do it, leave time to relax and just enjoy Walt Disney World.  I will soon post the last of my three part blogs on planning a Walt Disney Trip, Planning What to Do When I Get There?

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