Posted by: Krysten Swensen May 4, 2022
It is no secret that a day walking around a Disney Park is physically exhausting. Most Guests walk miles per day, which is something their feet are not used to. However, some Guests have physical limitations that make it impossible for them to walk from sun up to sundown. For those Guests, Disney has more than one option — traditional wheelchairs or electric scooters. Even though the electric scooters are incredibly helpful for a lot of Guests, they have become a point of contention between those who find them useful and those who find them annoying.
Over the years, a heated debate has developed around whether or not Disney should let just anyone rent a scooter. No training or license is required to rent the scooter, which can lead to some erratic driving in the theme parks and multiple lawsuits. Some Guests feel that people on those scooters are aggressive and think that they own the walkways and everyone just needs to move out of their way. On the other side, Guests who utilize the scooters think that others are not careful enough, completely ignore them, and cut them off.
While both sides make valid points, one woman visiting a Disney Park recently did not make a great case for the scooter side. TikToker Disney Stuff! shared a video of a woman on a scooter making her way down a crowded Main Street, U.S.A. at night. The woman rides behind Guests and lies on the horn and doesn’t let up. It’s clear that the crowds are heavy, and the other Guests are trying to also get where they want to go. The woman wants to make her presence known and for everyone to clear a path for her.
You can watch the video below.
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The video was flooded with people recounting their own horror stories about dealing with people in mobility scooters on their Disney vacation. There were also those who defended the woman, saying that maybe she just wanted to let people know she was there and those who have family that need them when they visit. Others commented that traffic was moving along fine, so there was no need for the horn, especially because the scooters don’t move quickly as it is.
Whenever you visit a theme park, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings. There may not be people in your direct line of sight, but always be looking around. These electric scooters do not stop immediately, so it is always a good idea to look out for them. It is also important to never think that you can just cut in front of one. It is dangerous for both you and the driver of the scooter.
No matter which side you are on, it’s clear that the theme park scooter debate is not going to be settled anytime soon.
Do you think this Guest was acting appropriately? Or was she just trying to get people out of her way?
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