Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Thoughts on Oz playground, Epcot Segway tours discontinued
The Segway tours have been discontinued at Epcot. This is a true shame as far as I’m concerned, because the devices were a PERFECT fit for this theme park; they were futuristic, and they were about transportation, the two fundamental requirements for Walt Disney’s city of the future. In fact, if someone wanted to live up to that vision, today’s executives could have been, and should still be thinking about a much wider scale use of Segways in the Park. Why not have a full-scale attraction based around driving these devices? Legoland offers a driving school (of kid cars) with one potential model for successful operation. Thus, it can be done on a large enough scale.
They did try something like this at first, but it was hidden away inside Innoventions and had neither the space nor the staffing to fully meet demand. I’m convinced that if they use a larger chunk of real estate and staffed it properly, they would get a lot of takers, especially if it were free.
The now canceled tours were not free. In fact, they cost over $100 per person. Was greed a part of the cancellation? It’s a fair assumption that they canceled the free Segway exhibits to funnel people toward paying for the longer upcharge one. So maybe it was greed that caused the demise if the tours weren’t full anymore?
Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.