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gwennie81
13-05-2010, 01:46 AM
Has anyone done this tour before? If so, was it "worth" it? Thanx.

:earswave:

Tink
13-05-2010, 10:47 AM
Yes, and absolutely! We had a ball! I was a little nervous about getting on the Segway at first as I already have balance problems, but I mastered it pretty quickly. I made all the mistakes a person can make in learning how to control it (it really isn't that hard :D ) and the instructor was a very supportive and patient person.

We want to do the one at FT. Wilderness now.

daveann
13-05-2010, 12:03 PM
this has been one of our must do's but never got around to it also want to do the segway around celebration :)

Rosie0610
13-05-2010, 02:24 PM
We loved it! But I do have to say we just did the one at Ft Wilderness and enjoyed that much more! I felt kind of rushed through the world showcase. It was interesting but they seemed to take a lot more time instructing than actually moving in EPCOT.

At Ft Wilderness it's about 15 mins of teaching and more than 1 hour of going. We went over to the Wilderness Lodge and over to the barn at the Ft. We saw deer and other animals too.

Both were great but we were able to let loose a bit more at Ft Wilderness.

Tink
13-05-2010, 05:52 PM
Oh thanks for that Rosie!!! I just may book it for Herself's birthday. :yes:

That's when we did the other one, and yes you are right, there was quite some time spent on instruction. :yes:

Deafjeff
13-05-2010, 07:58 PM
How much was it if you dont mind me asking and how to book it? Might be nice wedding present for my DH

Isafari
13-05-2010, 08:47 PM
details HERE (http://www.wdisneysecrets.com/index.php/walt-disney-world/165-epcot/793-epcot-tours.html) Jeff:thumbsup:

gwennie81
13-05-2010, 10:26 PM
Thanks, y'all! I may or may not go on Saturday, depending. I wanted to see Chubby Checker and visit the Flower Fest one last time. I was looking fo something new to do and thought it might be a good opportunity to do the tour.

gwennie81
15-05-2010, 02:17 AM
I booked it! Tomorrow morning at 9:30am I'll be learning how to ride a Segway! I'll let you all know how it goes. The reservationist said that the first hour is spent getting to know the Segway and the 2nd hour is actually doing the tour. It's too bad there's not just a 2hr. walking tour. Oh well. I'm PUMPED!

Isafari
15-05-2010, 09:16 AM
Enjoy yourself gwennie :thumbsup:
We did a full morning tour on a Segway a couple of years back and it was way cool :thumbsup:

Deafjeff
15-05-2010, 12:02 PM
I booked it! Tomorrow morning at 9:30am I'll be learning how to ride a Segway! I'll let you all know how it goes. The reservationist said that the first hour is spent getting to know the Segway and the 2nd hour is actually doing the tour. It's too bad there's not just a 2hr. walking tour. Oh well. I'm PUMPED!

via telephone? I am wondering if it is possible to book it while you are at epcot?

gwennie81
16-05-2010, 12:46 AM
I did it! So much fun! It was more about getting to ride a segway than learning too much about World Showcase but I still did learn a lot. There was just one other guy besides me in the group (2 people dropped out because they didn't feel comfortable on the Segway). I picked it up really fast. I'm a Segway natural! Who knew? Our trainer was awesome, our tour guide was awesome, and it was great to be in World Showcase by ourselves. Overall, a great experience!

Tink
16-05-2010, 10:30 AM
via telephone? I am wondering if it is possible to book it while you are at epcot?

You can book over the phone, Jeff. That's how I did it. Also, you can wait and go to guest services and book when you are there. The drawback to that would be that there may not be any openings.

I apologize, I don't remember when you are coming over? Some times of the year, I would imagine it not being as hard to book as other times.

Deafjeff
16-05-2010, 10:32 AM
You can book over the phone, Jeff. That's how I did it. Also, you can wait and go to guest services and book when you are there. The drawback to that would be that there may not be any openings.

I apologize, I don't remember when you are coming over? Some times of the year, I would imagine it not being as hard to book as other times.

mmmhh we going mid Sept (if all goes well with blast Ash grr)

I think I will go to the Guest Service and book the next opening :yes:

Tink
16-05-2010, 10:34 AM
I think you may be ok. :yes:

Do you not want to call ahead for any particular reason, or are you just more comfortable doing it in person?

Deafjeff
16-05-2010, 10:34 AM
Not able to use the telephone (Deaf)

Tink
16-05-2010, 10:37 AM
Does relay not work for something like this then?

Again, I apologize for not understanding the differences between our two countries as they relate to the deaf community. Here we have a relay interface that allows a deaf person to communicate with anyone who does not have a TTY. Or vice versa.

I wonder if there is an email way to communicate with PLAY Disney? :unsure:

I'll check it out and see what I can find out.

Deafjeff
16-05-2010, 10:39 AM
Does relay not work for something like this then?

Again, I apologize for not understanding the differences between our two countries as they relate to the deaf community. Here we have a relay interface that allows a deaf person to communicate with anyone who does not have a TTY. Or vice versa.

I wonder if there is an email way to communicate with PLAY Disney? :unsure:

I'll check it out and see what I can find out.

Hi, we have UK relay but it does not work very well overseas, if you can find email address would be wonderful!

Tink
16-05-2010, 10:40 AM
I'll see what I can do.

If all I can find out is by calling them directly and asking them what they have in place to address this need, then that will be worth something.

I'll call on Monday, and get back to you.

Tink
16-05-2010, 12:46 PM
Well. :(

I decided to phone WDW today. I am not happy to report their response. The person I spoke with (after explaining what I wanted to learn to several different cast members :rolleyes: ) was with guest services.

She said that the only way to communicate with WDW is through TTY/TDD. She also said that since you were in the UK, and that ASL is not your language, they did not have any way for you to participate in the tour. :( :( :(

She said that they do not have BSL interpreters, only ASL, and since their "normal" method of communication with the deaf when ASL is not an option, is in writing, and since that would not be possible with the instruction portion of the tour, there doesn't seem to be a way for you to participate in this activity.

I was not amused and questioned that policy as it is a barrier to their activities and events. She was not very willing to listen much.

So, if you still wish to do this, I'd say your best option will be to go to guest services and try to book it there.

I don't see why, if they use written communication for all other events when ASL interpretation is not in use, it can't be done with this too.

Learning to drive a segway isn't difficult. It's all a matter of balance and understanding the controls. Lean left, go left, lean right, go right... it's really NOT hard. :(

I'm sorry that WDW seems to be so difficult to work with on this issue.

Deafjeff
16-05-2010, 12:51 PM
Well. :(

I decided to phone WDW today. I am not happy to report their response. The person I spoke with (after explaining what I wanted to learn to several different cast members :rolleyes: ) was with guest services.

She said that the only way to communicate with WDW is through TTY/TDD. She also said that since you were in the UK, and that ASL is not your language, they did not have any way for you to participate in the tour. :( :( :(

She said that they do not have BSL interpreters, only ASL, and since their "normal" method of communication with the deaf when ASL is not an option, is in writing, and since that would not be possible with the instruction portion of the tour, there doesn't seem to be a way for you to participate in this activity.

I was not amused and questioned that policy as it is a barrier to their activities and events. She was not very willing to listen much.

So, if you still wish to do this, I'd say your best option will be to go to guest services and try to book it there.

I don't see why, if they use written communication for all other events when ASL interpretation is not in use, it can't be done with this too.

Learning to drive a segway isn't difficult. It's all a matter of balance and understanding the controls. Lean left, go left, lean right, go right... it's really NOT hard. :(

I'm sorry that WDW seems to be so difficult to work with on this issue.

Oh dear :thumbsdown: thank you so much for trying....:hug2:

i was hoping to arrange this as a surprise but looks like may need to consult with my DH first before going ahead :unsure:

I think I will book via guest service and see what's what.

Normally they are quite good sigh.....

Tink
16-05-2010, 01:54 PM
The more I think about it, the more I question what she said.

So, using their premise, if a Japanese visitor wanted to do the tour, but could not speak or read English (which is NOT your case) they could not do the tour? A German visitor, ect.

The barrier here is false. I'm not going to get shrieky, (too late, I know) but things like this really bother me. MUCH.

Deafjeff
16-05-2010, 01:55 PM
The more I think about it, the more I question what she said.

So, using their premise, if a Japanese visitor wanted to do the tour, but could not speak or read English (which is NOT your case) they could not do the tour? A German visitor, ect.

The barrier here is false. I'm not going to get shrieky, (too late, I know) but things like this really bother me. MUCH.

:yes: it can get quite depressing sometime sigh.....

Hopefully the guest service can be helpful........

Tink
16-05-2010, 01:57 PM
I remember learning from my ASL instructor, a university educated born deaf woman, that the discrimination is subtle and constant. I hate, hate, hate that she continues to be right. :(

Deafjeff
16-05-2010, 01:58 PM
Sadly it no different over this side of the pond at times....

Tink
16-05-2010, 02:00 PM
:hug2:

gwennie81
18-05-2010, 04:08 AM
WOWZA!! I did not even think about the language barrier! I think that it may be difficult to sign and give a tour on a Segway, though. The instances when the tour guide was giving us information we were stationary but it is still kind of necessary to use your hands to stabilize the Segway so...it may be a challenge to conduct a tour for the hearing impared. I'm sorry that Disney is unwilling to find some way to accommodate someone that is willing to go on the tour!

Tink
18-05-2010, 08:22 AM
The instruction portion could easily be done. Then, when on the tour, the guide or the interpreter (they wouldn't have to be one in the same) could easily, when they are all stopped, sign anything that needs to be communicated. People drive, sign and communicate.

It's the unwillingness to understand the nuances and respect the beauty of the deaf culture that has me really cranked here. :( They are not evidencing a true understanding of the abilities of a deaf person, where for example, sight is highly evolved. A deaf person (statistically significant) will show the ability to "notice" many more things in a given scenario than a hearing person.

Heck, it was a deaf co-worker who kept me from being run down in a factory. We were coming down a staircase and the loudness of the factory sounds kept me from hearing anything other than that (loud engine noise). She stopped dead at the entry to a cross corridor. When I asked her what she was doing, she peeked around the corner, and there was a forklift coming. I'd never have stopped like that. Relying on hearing I would have stepped right out in front of the lift. Because she could not "hear" she used her vision to protect herself. Also, she may have been feeling different vibrations in the flooring from the oncoming lift...

Things like that...

Anyway, I'm ranting now, and that never does any good. I'm just disgusted with WDW. I'v always thought that they did a pretty good job of inclusion and now I'm embarrassed to find they don't do just a great job after all. :(