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9th Circuit to Disney: Let disabled visitors use Segways

Court said parks should look into new transportation technology

The 9th Circuit is pushing Walt Disney Co. to consider making its disabled theme park visitors feel more welcome by allowing them to use Segways to get around.

The appeals court recently reversed and remanded a lower court’s decision to throw out a lawsuit in which a woman with muscular dystrophy claimed Disney violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by making her use a wheelchair instead of a Segway to tour its Disneyland park. The court ruled that Disney should consider adopting newer, cheaper technologies that would make it easier for disabled park visitors to have the same experience as nondisabled visitors.

Writing for the three-judge panel, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said the court is confident that the company can use new technology to make its parks friendlier to disabled guests. He also suggested that Disney adhere to the mantra of its founder, Walt Disney, when it comes to innovation. “As the man who started it all said, ‘Disneyland will never be completed as long as there is imagination left in the world.’”

Although Segways could allow disabled people to experience more that Disney parks have to offer, the 9th Circuit did say that Disney could ban Segways if they pose real safety risks to park attendees.

Read Bloomberg for more information about the 9th Circuit’s ruling.

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