Yes, things are getting worse for Segway. In 2010, the electric scooter was named one of the 50 worst inventions of all time. Later that year, the CEO of the UK sales company, Hesco Bastion, died piloting his Segway off a cliff and into a river. Now, Disneyland says that it's too dangerous to ride in its park, and a California appeals court agrees.

The case was originally filed by Tina Baughman, who requested that she be allowed to use her Segway to visit the park with her eight-year-old child. Baughman, who has muscular dystrophy, was denied access with her Segway by Disneyland and sued under California and federal disability rules.

A California appeals court agreed with Disneyland, stating that the theme park had "demonstrated a Segway is an unstable two-wheeled device that could accelerate quickly, either forward or backward, and injure the rider and/or others if the rider is bumped," as cited by Wired. You can read the court's ruling in PDF form here.

The appeals court thinks Disneyland already accommodates adequate alternatives for disabled people, such as motorized scooters and wheelchairs. The Segway, it says, is just too dangerous. The appeals court acknowledged evidence of this claim submitted by Disneyland – that Hesco Bastion's CEO Jimi Heselden died when he apparently lost control of his Segway.


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      Jesse Gurr
      • 1 Month Ago
      Have you ever been there during the busy season, which is most of the time? It can get really crowded with barely enough room to walk normally. Being on a Segway would just be a danger to you and everyone around you. Heaven help you if you should accidentally back up over some hapless little kid who just happened to walk behind you at the wrong time.
      Smoking_dude
      • 1 Month Ago
      Lots of elderly ppl jump on the growing ebike or pedelec market. this is much better than a segway. first most use a pedelec. so they have to pedal to get going, and after some training lots of them use the bettery power for steep hills only. also it trains their sense of balance. I like to bike and usually I ride fast. but for commuting or just for fun I'd pick a pedelec over a scooter or segway. combine human peak 500watts + 500watts electric motor and it really goes. but it is a pity for the woman. really. I don't see why you cant make an extemption there. it is not like disneyland would be crowded with sedgeways
      Spec
      • 1 Month Ago
      The fact that the owner of Segway died by riding his Segway off a cliff is such an amazing allegory for the company.
      Levine Levine
      • 1 Month Ago
      The decision as to deny the Segway machine operating in Disneyland could have gone the other way. But given the political and economic persuasion of Disney, a multi-billion dollar industry, the judge had to side with Disney. The trial is just a horse-and-pony show to give some semblance of justice.
        raktmn
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Um, did you even bother reading the decision and finding out why the judge ruled the way he ruled? Disney had an expert that testified to exactly why the Segway is dangerous, especially when trying to stay still in a line. And Baughman offered no experts to say otherwise, or to contradict Disney's expert. Furthermore, Disney showed that even when Disney themselves operated Segway's in the park, they banned their own trained employees from operating them in areas open to the public due to the high risks of operation. Specifically, Disney proved in court that the Segway will move swiftly and unpredictably just to maintain balance, and that in crowds where people often bump each other, this unintended acceleration was an unacceptable hazard. Especially since Baughman had already filed suits regarding her use of her wheelchair and motorized scooter, and Disney was perfectly willing to accomodate those devices.
        HollywoodF1
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Disney itself uses Segways. They are appropriate up to a certain critical density, after which they are like a ball in a pinball machine getting shot rapidly between bumpers. Believe me, it's hard enough to walk around Disneyland. They are well past that critical density where an inherently unstable form of personal transit is a hazard. A Segway needs a certain amount of room to perform its stabilizing wizardry, and Disneyland does not provide that room.
      EVnerdGene
      • 1 Month Ago
      American corporation has to go to court to defend its policies for the safety of its customers on its own property. You don't like their policies, don't go. geez, I wonder why all the tourists in the picture are wearing helmets ?
      Spec
      • 1 Month Ago
      The Segway is a bit silly. It turns out that people have legs.
        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Spec
        Also it turns out that bikes are faster, safer and cheaper.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Spec
        Not everyone has legs which work very effectively, and with an ageing population this problem is going to increase. Who knows, you might even be one of those who find getting about hard, and you can't ride a bike in the supermarket. This basic idea is not going to go away. Here is Toyota with their take on it: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/07/winglet-201320723.html IMO to catch on personal mobility solutions will need a capability to go up and down stairs though. With that capability they could transform a lot of lives, currently restricted. It will happen, the question is how soon.
          Spec
          • 1 Month Ago
          @DaveMart
          Well if they don't have legs that work very effectively then you surely don't want them on a Segway that requires them to stand up and use their legs to operate the system.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Month Ago
          @DaveMart
          I talked about the basic idea, not necessarily the Segway. See the Toyota I linked. A lot of people can stand up, but have difficulty walking.