Segway Tours at EPCOT

Walt Disney World: Has anyone ever tried them? How easy are they? A worthwhile experience?

From Andrew Mooney
Posted April 23, 2011 at 10:06 AM
Hi, I am heading to WDW this summer for two weeks. My family are really interested in doing the Segway World Showcase tour but aren't sure if we will enjoy the experience. We can ride bikes and have good balance but don't want to splurge on cash if it ends up flopping.

What we thought we may do, was try the small version at Innoventions and if we enjoy the tiny experience then pay for the full tour (I know that they give you ~ 1 hour of training but I'm a try before you buy kind of guy) . The downside to this method, could be that there may be no places left on the tours (thats if they are fully booked weeks in advance).

So any opinions on this? Has anyone tried the tour? Thanks in advance for your comments.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted April 23, 2011 at 2:13 PM
I have done the tour.

Its a really fun tour, but it does get a bit challenging in some parts of world showcase. I actually flipped off of mine during the tour! I would try the Innoventions version first!

From Andrew Mooney
Posted April 23, 2011 at 2:19 PM
Do you think they would still have space on the tour if I booked around ten days prior? We booked Disney restaurants a few weeks back and that was even a bit of hassle to get times that suited etc.

That fall must of been a bit of a dampener on the experience, I hope there is some other "easy" path if the route doesn't look that enticing.

From M. Ryan Traylor
Posted April 23, 2011 at 4:53 PM
I've done the tour and also fell, but it was when I got too comfortable on the Segway and didn't pay 100% attention. It's a great way to see the park before opening hours. The only tricky part is in Italy when you weave through the collinade.

Make sure to pay attention to the "Soarin' Stop".

Is there a cancellation policy to the tour? If you can cancel 24 hours in advance, then make a reservation towards the end of your trip. Try out the Segways at the beginning of your stay. Then cancel if you don't feel comfortable. That way you at least know you have the reservation if you want it.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted April 23, 2011 at 7:09 PM
I didn't have too much of a problem making a reservation. YOu need to be over 16 to do it so that takes away a bunch of people. Its also earlier in the morning.

As for me flipping off, it was embarassing, but not anything major. I guess Disney just wants you to get your money's worth with the experience that they show that you can take the segway basically anywhere a human can go. I ran into my problem on the cobblestone bridge area by the model trains in Germany. I took a spill when I hit the edge of it on the way down.

Still, the Segway tour is a great way to see World Showcase! This one and the Behind the Seeds Tour are two of the best "shorter" tours that Disney has to offer.

I do know Fort Wilderness has its own off road Segway tour.

From Andrew Mooney
Posted April 24, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Thank you for the feedback guys. I will look into the cancellation policy and perhaps book ahead so that I am certain that I have the opportunity to do the tour. Also I'll make sure to pay extra attention when going across the bridge. I hope you weren't hurt badly Anthony.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted April 24, 2011 at 3:48 PM
I was not. Just take it easy! I think my ego was a little more bruised!

From Ray Schroeder
Posted April 26, 2011 at 6:18 PM
Do it, do it, do it. I did World Showcase 2X, Fort Wilderness, and Land Sea Air at EPCOT. If you can stand, you can ride a SEGWAY. You just have to pay attention. No texting or talking on the phone. You'll have a blast. The only down side is that your feet get tired.

From Tony Duda
Posted April 26, 2011 at 8:24 PM
There are some restrictions on who can do it. The rider must be 250 lbs. or less (I think, but it could be a little more), and you need balance and some standing stamina.

From Russell Meyer
Posted April 28, 2011 at 8:44 PM
We've done the "Around the World" tour at EPCOT, which is really cool. I didn't find it very difficult at all to get used to the Segway. We've also done the Segway tour at DCA, which wasn't quite as neat as the one in EPCOT, but has a little more freedom since the "training" area is outside instead of inside the tiny Innoventions room. I do wish there was a way to do the tours without the training hour, but understand that Disney wants to cover themselves from guest stupidity.

Both of the Segway tours we've done are well worth the money (a little more than a city Segway tour), and a lot of fun for people who are interested in the nifty gizmo.

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