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A recent discussion with a close friend led me to start thinking about the role of vacation responsibilities and expectations in trip planning. After this friend booked her Disney trip, she immersed herself in planning. Dining reservations? Check. Park plans? Check. She had a great time creating little surprises for her daughters, reading tips and tricks online, getting outfits and swimsuits ready, making sure everything was as perfect as she could make it before they left. I was excited right along with her. This was their first big family trip!

When she arrived home, I couldn’t wait to see how it had gone. I ran up to her office only to see a rather disappointed face. She looked exhausted. Now, don’t get me wrong, Walt Disney World can be tiring, especially without a good plan and lots of time to relax built in to the schedule. But my friend’s exhaustion looked more like disappointment. What went wrong? She was so prepared.

This got me thinking about how a great plan can go wrong… and after some conversations with previous Walt Disney World travelers and a lot of my own experience I’ve come up with five tips that will hopefully help everyone to come back refreshed and satisfied.

My first tip:

1.) Change Your Disney World Expectations!

“Are you kidding me? I spent big bucks, I’ve planned every detail, I’m staying at a freaking deluxe
hotel. How dare you tell me to lower my expectations! I’ve been dreaming of the moment my little princess sees the castle since before she was conceived, not to mention that wrap-around hug she will enjoy with Mickey.” OK, folks, hate to burst your expectation bubble BUT the reality is
this. The second you walk through the dreamlike gates of the Magic Kingdom after a bus ride, security check, and some trouble with your fingerprint working at the turnstile – you reach the moment you have been dreaming about, waiting for. There she is, your little princess, her eyes about to look down Main Street and yelp with delight and… what, are you kidding me, she has to go potty, now? Then to top it off she sticks herself to the back of your sweaty leg at the sight of Mickey, only to reappear when that large-headed mouse is safely tucked behind the scenes. Does this always happen? Absolutely not, there are going to be dozens of magical moments, but the reality is that they most likely aren’t going to be the ones that you expected. Some of my favorites: The joy my ten-year-old took in watching an opossum trained at Animal Kingdom, my youngest learning to dive under water to gather a sinking toy, enjoying a Dole Whip Float while people-watching, a great conversation on the bus ride to our hotel, and watching my daughters belly dance in Epcot. Changing my expectations has taking some real mental training for me. Instead of expecting my bags to be waiting in the room, I now plan on a six hour delay. I’m delighted when they arrive any earlier. Changing expectations is like tricking yourself into being happy!

2.) Dole out the responsibilities while at Disney World!

Here’s what I have seen over and over, “You planned it, you booked it, you took care of the packing, details, transportation and now you are in charge when we get there! I’ll hang back and relax. Since you did all of that work, obviously you like the planning and prefer me to have a perfect, relaxing trip. Thanks for watching the kids, thanks for knowing where we are supposed to be and when. I’m going to take a wee little nap while you talk to the front desk about transportation. No problem, you review those maps while I take a swim.” OH MY GOSH!! This drives me crazy! So, beware… you may love to plan, you may be the Type A personality that wants to be in control, but you most definitely want a vacation! So, here is what you need to do. First, involve everyone in the planning. Lay out maps and books to interest them in the trip, review the rides and shows at each park, ask for their opinions for dining options, discuss the hotel and how the days are planned. Next, dole out the responsibilities! In our family, I take care of dealing with check in, organizing paperwork, packing and unpacking, as well as dining times. My wife is the coffee/drink fetcher, sunscreen applier, stroller organizer, FASTPASS guru, and transportation figure-outer. Both of my girls have a calendar with pictures that they can check to know what’s going on each day. They are in charge of their personal items such as pins and money. They also help with basics such as keeping the hotel room clean and putting their clothes away. Speak up, if your spouse doesn’t know your expectations, my guess is that they will be happy to relax and leave you to the vacation work.

3.) Make time for yourself at Walt Disney World!

We often stay near Epcot and my getaway is to shop in the World Showcase stores by myself. I like to start with a champagne drink in France and then meander through the shops at a turtle-like pace. This usually takes me a few hours. My wife on the other hand likes naps. I try to give him at least an afternoon or two off to take a long midday nap. My kids need a break too! Their break is usually a pirate cruise or cooking lesson and a trip to the hotel gift shop to shop alone. We are a family that travels well together, but trust me, everyone needs some alone time.

4.) Schedule a nap at Disney World!

“Oh my gosh, I can’t take a nap! There is something awesome to ride, see, buy, drink, eat…” syndrome. It happens to me every time. I lay my head down for a quick cat nap and BING, my eyes open wide. “I bet we could use our Disney scooter rental to scoot to Epcot and ride Mission Space and then get fast passes to Soarin’ if I head in right now before our dinner reservations in 3 hours.” DON’T DO IT. Fight the urge. Trust me. You will not be happy when you have to deal with a screaming, tired child during dinner. You will be more likely to enjoy the fireworks with your eyes open. Rest, rest, rest. It’s not a waste of money, it’s an investment in your sanity!

5.) Expect delays and occasional disappointments at Disney World!

Have you ever read one trip review or heard one travel story that didn’t involve a few mishaps? If all was perfect the story would never be half as interesting. Disappointments certainly spice things up. Expect them to happen. I once missed our bus stop only to be stuck with two sleeping children, a stroller, and a missing wife who got off at the right stop. He was not near me in the crowded bus! Turns out this is one of our favorite stories as the bus driver announced, “Would the lady with the two sleeping kids get off the bus” after a frantic call from another bus driver prompted by my wife. Some of the seemingly annoying moments can really turn out to be pretty funny if you know how to change your attitude.

So let’s recap:

1.) Change your expectations. Don’t lower your standards, but know that amazing moments are not always the ones you create in your mind.

2.) Dole out the responsibilities; this is your vacation too!

3.) Make time for you.

4.) There’s ALWAYS something going on, it’s okay to take a nap.

5.) Expect delays and occasional disappointments, there what stories are made of!

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Handicapped Accessible ATV’s https://www.scootarama.com/handicapped-accessible-atvs/ https://www.scootarama.com/handicapped-accessible-atvs/#respond Sun, 24 Nov 2019 15:04:08 +0000 https://www.scootarama.com/?p=14097 Kids who live in areas with paths, open fields, dirt roads, beaches, sand dunes or dry washes often want to join friends and family riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). But is it safe for a kid with a muscle disease to operate an ATV?
Yes and no, says Eric Garrett, who uses a wheelchair because of an accident. Eric says if a rider has good upper body strength and the ability to move and shift his or her weight, then “an ...

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Kids who live in areas with paths, open fields, dirt roads, beaches, sand dunes or dry washes often want to join friends and family riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). But is it safe for a kid with a muscle disease to operate an ATV?

Yes and no, says Eric Garrett, who uses a wheelchair because of an accident. Eric says if a rider has good upper body strength and the ability to move and shift his or her weight, then “an ATV can be pretty safe. But you’ve got to be an active rider, or your momentum will carry your weight over.”

Modifying an ATV to include a high-backed seat, seat belt or any kind of restraining device is very dangerous, says Garrett, because the rider could be pinned under the machine if it flips.

Get training, wear safety equipment and start off slowly, he advises. Be sure the rider’s arms, legs and hands are big enough for the machine. And even though the seat seems big enough, don’t carry two passengers on an ATV. Instead, Garrett recommends a “two-up” ATV that has a passenger seat with footholds and handholds.

If an ATV isn’t right for you, check out go-carts and golf carts. They do well on moderately uneven terrain and often are cheaper than ATVs.

“I recommend them for anybody, especially those with limited mobility,” says Garrett. Go-carts feature roll bars and high-backed seats with five-point safety harnesses. Kleen recommends go-carts with reverse, an electric start motor and big “flotation” tires. He notes that many go-carts can be easily modified with automobile hand controls meant for people with disabilities, so the brakes and gas can be operated by hand.

Golf carts also can be adapted with hand controls, safety harnesses, roll bars, lift kits and big tires to handle sand and dirt. “That’s a pretty hot sport in California, in the sand dunes,” Garrett says.

In the more expensive range, mobility utility ATV’s such as the Kawasaki Mule and Mobility Quad are ATV’s designed for more rugged off-road use. Also at the top of the price list, rural pursuit vehicles allow a wheelchair to be rolled into an all-terrain cart, which then is operated from the wheelchair. These vehicles can go just about anywhere.

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Done safely, off-road riding is a fun sport for the whole family, says Garrett. “I’ve been in a wheelchair 20 years and I can go out and participate with my nieces and nephews. There’s not many sports where you can do that, where everybody can enjoy it.”

Special considerations for MD

Be very careful with ATVs, warns Greg Carter, co-director of two MDA clinics in Washington state. Carter is a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation and works at a level 1 trauma center.

Carter cites a sobering study sponsored by both the ATV industry and federal government that found an increase in emergency room visits for ATV-caused injuries in recent years. The injury numbers reflect the increase in the number of ATVs in use, more riders, longer hours of ATV riding and larger machines.

Carter stressed the need for formal training in ATV operation. “If someone with a neuromuscular disorder takes up ATV riding, this is even more critical,” he says.

Make sure the person with neuromuscular disease has proper back and neck support to prevent serious spinal injuries, urges Carter.

“A person with muscular dystrophy could be injured just by a sudden stop. Even a minor crash could prove fatal if the person’s neck were broken,” he warns.

“Unfortunately, the neck musculature is often very weak in folks with any form of muscular dystrophy. Thus, the combination of weak neck muscles, plus the added weight of a helmet along with a sudden stop or sharp turn could produce enough force on the neck to produce a major injury.”

Carter, 17, of Park Rapids, Minn., received the Rhino in 2015 through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He and his 10-year-old brother Shawn both have Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Carter’s mother Connie says her son has wanted his own ATV ever since riding on a friend’s several years ago. However, that ride involved using bungee cords to keep Kyle upright and on the seat. His own ATV is much better equipped for safety.

The Rhino has been modified to include a roll bar and five-point safety harness, and Kyle always wears a lightweight helmet. Recently, the family has experimented with using foam inserts to stabilize his head so it can’t tip to one side while he’s bouncing along. The vehicle also has been outfitted with a homemade windshield and cab, to make it more comfortable for winter riding.

Because of his diminished arm strength, Carter can’t drive the Rhino, but he still manages to ride almost every weekend and some evenings, going out with friends and family members. His trips often take six to eight hours.

“In our family, we do whatever it takes for our boys to do what normal kids do,” says Connie Carter. “Both of my boys enjoy hunting, target practice, video games, fishing and anything outside. The word ‘can’t’ isn’t in our vocabulary. Everyone in the family pitches in to help.”

Hmmmm, what to do with a one-ton garbage truck nobody wants anymore? One solution: Turn it into a wheelchair-accessible all-terrain vehicle that enables a nature-loving family to be together again in the wilds of Alaska.

Tony’s Buggy is the name given the contraption, named for Tony Delarosa, 15, of Palmer, Alaska, who has DMD.

“We’re really an outdoors family, and Tony loves to be outside,” says his mother, Misty Delarosa. “Now we can go other places besides our front yard. We can go blueberry picking, go down to the Matanuska River and have picnics, get stuck, get sunburned.… Luke just wants to participate and be there.”

Tony’s stepfather, Glen Delarosa, saw the potential in the former garbage truck, which the family got free from a friend. Experienced in welding and metal fabrication, he replaced the truck’s steel cage with a flat deck.

“People heard what we were doing and all of a sudden, we had a wheelchair lift for the back,” says Mrs. Delarosa. The four-wheel-drive vehicle also sports a winch on the front, as well as a tow bar to haul it to the trails (it’s not street legal). There are tie-downs for Tony’s wheelchair, as well as for a bench seat from their van, which accommodates Mrs. Delarosa and daughter Julie, 7. There’s even a handicapped sign on the back.

“The buggy is pretty cool, and we do all kinds of fun things with it,” says Mrs. Delarosa. “We’ve taken it on mountains, trails, across streams, to the Matanuska Glacier. The first time we got on it I cried, because we all could go out together again.”

This is not the family’s first improvisation. When Tony was still able to walk, his stepfather built a sled complete with a roll bar and headlights to pull behind their snow mobile. Nowadays, Luke’s winter vehicle is a Santa Sleigh covered with Christmas lights, that has been rigged up with a portable ramp and can be pulled behind a tractor.

“We’ll keep improvising and changing as Luke’s needs change,” his mother vows.

Six-wheeler is a grown-up blast

“I have spinal muscular atrophy. I grew up in rural New Jersey. As a child I drove anything with a motor: go-carts, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, farm tractors, three-wheelers, and especially six-wheeled ATVs,” says Daniel Drupalo,

“Many friends had motorcycles. I had my six-wheeler. It gave me the freedom to get far far away from home. To this day my parents have no idea how far away we would go. The times it would break down and we would have to fix it are cherished memories. New Jersey winters were brutal and we rode rain or shine, in fact mud was always preferred.

“I hadn’t ridden in a six-wheeler since I sold mine in 2010, but two years ago I was inspired to get another one. I only ride it at the Burning Man Festival but for eight days it’s a blast.”

Although ATV’s are banned for use at local theme parks in attraction such as Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld, you can alway use a mobility scooter rental in Orlando.

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10 Do’s and Don’ts Planning a Disney Vacation https://www.scootarama.com/10-dos-and-donts-planning-a-disney-vacation/ https://www.scootarama.com/10-dos-and-donts-planning-a-disney-vacation/#respond Sun, 24 Nov 2019 12:52:06 +0000 https://www.scootarama.com/?p=14091 My wife and I had always planned on taking our first Walt Disney World trip this year so when the New Year ball dropped and 2019 began, we decided to finally schedule our first trip to Walt Disney World. My wife had never been, and the last time I visited was during Walt Disney World was 2011, so we knew we’d need some help with planning. A friend of mine had just taken her first family trip to Walt Disney ...

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My wife and I had always planned on taking our first Walt Disney World trip this year so when the New Year ball dropped and 2019 began, we decided to finally schedule our first trip to Walt Disney World. My wife had never been, and the last time I visited was during Walt Disney World was 2011, so we knew we’d need some help with planning. A friend of mine had just taken her first family trip to Walt Disney World, and recommended Visit Orlando.

Each month brought more Disney trip planning and brought us closer to the big day. I checked our countdown clock on a regular basis as I made lists, searched for discount codes, and waited for the appropriate dates to make priority seatings. I dreamed of how we would surprise our kids with the big news!

When all was said and done, we had a fantastic trip! My kids were totally surprised, we loved our hotel choice, had wonderful weather and the parks did not feel crowded. I now think that I am VERY ready to plan our next trip based on the advice I’m glad I took, and the advice I wish I had taken. I’ve included examples of both to help my fellow planners:

10 Tips and Vacation Advice!

1. Book your room early

I found that our hotel of choice (Disney’s Art of Animation) was very popular and room availability was scarce.

2. Check for discounts

I checked MouseSavers.com, as well as the Walt Disney World Resorts posting boards on WDWinfo.com, on a daily basis. I was able to book a woods view room at the Wilderness Lodge for a great discount because of tips I received from these websites.

3. Use a scooter rental service

We had a scooter rental delivered to my Disney resort a couple hours after I arrived. The driver texted me to confirm the delivery time, then brought it directly to the hotel. We didn’t have to wait a long time and the mobility scooter rental was in excellent condition. Kudos to Scootarama

4. Buy the unlimited refill mugs at Disney We bought our travel mug the second day we were there, and I don’t know why we waited until then! We regularly enjoyed soda, coffee, iced tea, and hot chocolate.

5. Schedule when you will visit each park ahead of time

There’s really something to be said for planning ahead. I reviewed early entry days, projected daily attendance rates, scheduled events, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, park hours, our priority seatings (especially Cinderella’s breakfast since it was difficult to obtain) as I made our schedule for the week.

6. Plan some down time

Because this was our first trip, I wanted to plan as much as I could, but we were buying five-day Pass Hopper tickets and we were staying for eight nights. We had tickets for some of the night time extras, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, so we used those days to relax by the pool. I also scheduled character breakfasts on our “down days.”

7. Tell Disney staff about any birthday and/or anniversaries

This trip was full of celebrations. Both my daughter’s and my wife’s birthdays (which happen to fall on the same day) were while we were at Disney World. My wife and I were also celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary (which had occurred the week before we left). When I made our priority seatings, I told them about the birthdays, and we were pleasantly surprised. My daughter has a keepsake place mat, and enjoyed a cupcake for breakfast. Cast members constantly wished my daughter and wife a happy birthday, and one cast member in England even called Mickey Mouse to have him personally wish them a happy birthday. My wife and I also shared a delicious dessert to celebrate our anniversary that was delivered by Cinderella herself.

8. Do not plan more than two or three character meals

I wanted my girls to experience as much as possible, so I scheduled a character meal for almost every day. By about the second day, we realized it was too much. It’s fun to see the characters and get autographs, but it definitely takes time away from the parks. Next time, I’ll schedule two character meals.

9. Stay on track with planned schedule

Our first few rides based on our guide books. We followed the plans for two or three rides, but then would somehow get sidetracked. Had we followed the plans for the majority of the day, we would have experienced more rides and attractions.

10. Take the “classic” family photos.

Everyone said, “Take lots of pictures,” and we did, but we didn’t take many of the “classics.” I’m talking about pictures often seen in Walt Disney World advertising – smiling families in front of Cinderella’s castle, Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat, and Spaceship Earth. We were often in such a rush to go to our first ride when we entered each park that we didn’t want to take any pictures then. We figured we would take “the picture” later. Later, we would be tired and have cranky girls who didn’t want their picture taken. We took several pictures of the various parades and of all the animals we saw in Animal Kingdom, but we neglected to take many pictures of ourselves. For many families, including ours, this type of a trip may only happen a few times in a lifetime — don’t miss out on taking the pictures!

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FASTPASS Tickets Disney World https://www.scootarama.com/fastpass-tickets-disney-world/ https://www.scootarama.com/fastpass-tickets-disney-world/#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:26:13 +0000 https://www.scootarama.com/?p=14081 What are FASTPASS tickets?
First introduced at Disney World in July of 1999, FASTPASS is similar to making a reservation to ride an attraction and reduce your time standing in line. You place your park admission in the FASTPASS machine and receive a ticket that grants you access to the much shorter FASTPASS line.
FASTPASS is a huge hit with park guests. Savvy users of the system find that they can free up to 2 to 3 hours of time, ...

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What are FASTPASS tickets?

First introduced at Disney World in July of 1999, FASTPASS is similar to making a reservation to ride an attraction and reduce your time standing in line. You place your park admission in the FASTPASS machine and receive a ticket that grants you access to the much shorter FASTPASS line.

FASTPASS is a huge hit with park guests. Savvy users of the system find that they can free up to 2 to 3 hours of time, usually spent standing in line, during a full day in the parks and get to experience more attractions.

Who can use Fast Pass, you ask?

Anyone with park admission. The exception is children under the age of 3, who do not require park admission. Not to worry, if they meet the attractions height and age requirements, there are cast members at the FASTPASS machines that can give your child a FASTPASS.

There are two important times on your FASTPASS.

The first is the opening and closing time of your ride reservation window, for example 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm. This time can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours from when you got the FASTPASS, depending on how busy the attraction is. You are usually given a one hour window in which to come back and experience the attraction. (It is rare that you will be turned away if you are late in using your FASTPASS ticket. If the cast members say anything at all, it will be a polite “Please try to be on time with your FASTPASS tickets.”)

The second and most important time listed on your FASTPASS, and the one people usually miss, is when you can get your next FASTPASS ticket. After getting a FASTPASS ticket, there is a set time you have to wait before you are able get another FASTPASS. This time is usually five minutes after your ride window opens. So using the above example, if you have a FASTPASS to ride Space Mountain between 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm, you cannot get another FASTPASS until 1:20 pm.

Here are some tips to make the most of the FASTPASS system:

Start making your FASTPASS selection at 7:00 A.M..  When the park opens, head for your most important ride of the day — your “Must See” attraction. Get a FASTPASS, then get in the stand-by line and ride it right away if the wait time is not longer than 20 or 30 minutes. This ensures that you will get to experience your favorite thing at least once, if not twice.scooter rental orlando florida

On especially busy days, the FASTPASS tickets for an attraction may be gone for the day by early afternoon. If the park is having evening Extra Magic Hours, go back that evening and check out the FASTPASS machines again. Disney has been turning them back on in the evening for Extra Magic Hours on occasion.

Do you know anyone who belongs to the Disney Vacation Club? One of Disney’s best kept secrets is the to take a DVC tour. Almost all of the time Disney is giving out FASTPASSES as a promotion to new perspective DVC members.

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Trip Planning Walt Disney World https://www.scootarama.com/trip-planning-walt-disney-world/ https://www.scootarama.com/trip-planning-walt-disney-world/#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:43:53 +0000 https://www.scootarama.com/?p=14079 My wife and I had always planned on taking our first Walt Disney World trip this year so when the New Year ball dropped and 2019 began, we decided to finally schedule our first trip to Walt Disney World. My wife had never been, and the last time I visited was during Walt Disney World was 2011, so we knew we’d need some help with planning. A friend of mine had just taken her first family trip to Walt Disney ...

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My wife and I had always planned on taking our first Walt Disney World trip this year so when the New Year ball dropped and 2019 began, we decided to finally schedule our first trip to Walt Disney World. My wife had never been, and the last time I visited was during Walt Disney World was 2011, so we knew we’d need some help with planning. A friend of mine had just taken her first family trip to Walt Disney World, and recommended Visit Orlando.

Each month brought more Disney trip planning and brought us closer to the big day. I checked our countdown clock on a regular basis as I made lists, searched for discount codes, and waited for the appropriate dates to make priority seatings. I dreamed of how we would surprise our kids with the big news!

When all was said and done, we had a fantastic trip! My kids were totally surprised, we loved our hotel choice, had wonderful weather and the parks did not feel crowded. I now think that I am VERY ready to plan our next trip based on the advice I’m glad I took, and the advice I wish I had taken. I’ve included examples of both to help my fellow planners:

1. Book your room early for discounts!

I found that our hotel of choice (The Wilderness Lodge) was very popular and room availability was scarce. I checked MouseSavers.com, as well as the Walt Disney World Resorts posting boards on WDWinfo.com, on a daily basis. I was able to book a woods view room at the Wilderness Lodge for a great discount because of tips I received from these websites.

2. Use a car service!

We had a driver waiting for us at the airport when we went to pick up our luggage. He stopped at a grocery store so we could pick up a few items for the week, then brought us directly to the hotel. We didn’t have to navigate directions or make stops at other hotels.

3. Buy the unlimited refill mugs at Disney!

We bought our travel mug the second day we were there, and I don’t know why we waited until then! We regularly enjoyed soda, coffee, iced tea, and hot chocolate.

4. Schedule when you will visit each park ahead of time!

There’s really something to be said for planning ahead. I reviewed early entry days, projected daily attendance rates, scheduled events, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, park hours, our priority seatings (especially Cinderella’s breakfast since it was difficult to obtain) as I made our schedule for the week.

5. Plan some down time!

Because this was our first trip, I wanted to plan as much as I could, but we were buying five-day Pass Hopper tickets and we were staying for eight nights. We had tickets for some of the night time extras, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party so we used those days to relax by the pool. I also scheduled character breakfasts on our “down days.” I’m happy I chose to rent a scooter in Orlando for this trip otherwise I couldn’t have done it.

6. Tell Disney staff about any birthday and/or anniversaries!

This trip was full of celebrations. Both my daughter’s and my wife’s birthdays (which happen to fall on the same day) were while we were at Disney World. My wife and I were also celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary (which had occurred the week before we left). When I made our priority seatings, I told them about the birthdays, and we were pleasantly surprised. My daughter has a keepsake place mat, and enjoyed a cupcake for breakfast. Cast members constantly wished my daughter and wife a happy birthday, and one cast member in England even called Mickey Mouse to have him personally wish them a happy birthday. My wife and I also shared a delicious dessert to celebrate our anniversary that was delivered by Cinderella herself.

7. Do not plan more than two or three character meals!

I wanted my girls to experience as much as possible, so I scheduled a character meal for almost every day. By about the second day, we realized it was too much. It’s fun to see the characters and get autographs, but it definitely takes time away from the parks. Next time, I’ll schedule two character meals.

8. Stay on track with planned schedule!

Our first few rides based on our guide books. We followed the plans for two or three rides, but then would somehow get sidetracked. Had we followed the plans for the majority of the day, we would have experienced more rides and attractions.

9. When “down time” is scheduled, let it be actual downtime!

On days which we had designated as “down time,” I still planned character meals that involved going to other resorts. One of our down days seemed more hectic than our days when we went to a park! Next time, we’ll stay put at our resort to enjoy the pools, restaurants, and even a nap!

10. Take the “classic” family photos!

Everyone said, “Take lots of pictures,” and we did, but we didn’t take many of the “classics.” I’m talking about pictures often seen in Walt Disney World advertising – smiling families in front of Cinderella’s castle, Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat, and Spaceship Earth. We were often in such a rush to go to our first ride when we entered each park that we didn’t want to take any pictures then. We figured we would take “the picture” later. Later, we would be tired and have cranky girls who didn’t want their picture taken. We took several pictures of the various parades and of all the animals we saw in Animal Kingdom, but we neglected to take many pictures of ourselves. For many families, including ours, this type of a trip may only happen a few times in a lifetime — don’t miss out on taking the pictures!

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Christmas Day Walt Disney World https://www.scootarama.com/unforgettable-christmas-day-at-walt-disney-world-orlando/ https://www.scootarama.com/unforgettable-christmas-day-at-walt-disney-world-orlando/#respond Tue, 19 Nov 2019 12:37:09 +0000 https://www.scootarama.com/?p=14072 What to do in Walt Disney World for Christmas?
There are many things to do and many reasons why, not least the fact that Christmas almost coincides with my birthday, allowing me to spend my special day in my special place with my special husband – and a special certain donkey named Eeyore, who’s also close to my heart!
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What to do in Walt Disney World for Christmas?

There are many things to do and many reasons why, not least the fact that Christmas almost coincides with my birthday, allowing me to spend my special day in my special place with my special husband – and a special certain donkey named Eeyore, who’s also close to my heart!

However, we love Christmas Day at Disney for so many other reasons. Firstly, there’s no thought needed, in terms of wondering which part of the family we should be spending Christmas with or whether we should enjoy it just the four of us. Of course, one thing you do need to do is to plan ahead and make sure that all your meal bookings for the big day are in place as soon as you can make them. We’ve never had a problem getting what we want, but then, we don’t go for character meals, which are probably a lot tougher to get. To give you an idea of our previous Christmas Day dining, we’ve eaten at Chefs de France, the California Grill, and Boma for dinner, all of which have been absolutely superb. Boma was certainly a very different Christmas dinner, but exceptionally enjoyable as we shared it with my husband’s family, who fell in love with the restaurant and keep asking to go back there on their next visit!

The next tough decision you’ll need to make is which park you want to spend Christmas Day visiting. There’s only one rule we ever have on this – we always avoid the Magic Kingdom. We’ve heard too many horror stories about how packed it is on the day and I’ve seen the park filled to capacity just a couple of days after Christmas. It was not a pleasant experience and one that put me off the idea for life! If you do want to head to the Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day, be sure to make the most of Extra Magic Hours early in the morning if you’re staying on property. That’s the time you’re likely to find lower crowds and waits for the rides, allowing you to hopefully do more than you’d achieve later in the day.

We find Epcot absorbs the crowds beautifully. Of course, if you do want to go to Pandora – The World of Avatar, you will need to grab a Fastpass as soon as the park gates open or face the prospect of torturous hours waiting in line. The worst wait time we’ve seen at Christmas day was 240 minutes for Pandora, that’s right, a full four hours! Not the most fun way to spend a special day. Special note if you have problems walking or standing for long periods of time, here’s a tip rent a scooter in Disney World. Your back, legs and feet will thank you later.

Instead, we tend to spend our time wandering the parks and checking out the wonderful little details that you find everywhere. Christmas Day is also a great time to stop and admire some of the performers in the park. One of our favorite things to do is to try and catch as many of the Epcot World Showcase’s Holiday Storytellers as we can, as they bring to life the holiday traditions from their home country.

Something else that’s a lot of fun to do on Christmas Day – or Christmas Eve, as we’ve done that before in the past – is to take in Epcot’s Candle Light Processional. We always find that walking around that helps to remind us of the meaning of Christmas, which can sometimes get lost. The re-telling of the Christmas story. Be warned through, unless you’ve booked the Candlelight Processional Dining Package, the chances of actually getting into the American Gardens Theatre are fairly low, as this is an exceptionally popular event, particularly during Christmas week.

If the weather’s working in your favor, there’s another fun thing that you can do on Christmas Day that’s very untraditional for most of us and that’s to head to your resort pool for a swim. We had a wonderful Christmas Day morning a few years ago just hanging out at The Yacht and Beach Club’s Stormalong Bay on a beautifully hot day. It was a very strange feeling, but also very relaxing and one of the best ways I know to enjoy Christmas!

I’ve heard people ask, “What’s Disney really like on Christmas Day?” and I must admit I found myself asking something similar before our first stay there. I had images that maybe things would be closed, particularly outside the parks, or perhaps we’d run into grumpy Cast Members, miserable at being forced to work on Christmas Day and be away from their families. Not a bit of it. Christmas Day at Walt Disney World is very much like any other day of the year, with everything open as usual and Cast Members who walk around with huge smiles on their faces, wishing their guests “Happy Holidays.” It really is a bit like a big family gathering, with everyone enjoying the day together.

I guess maybe that’s the reason that we keep returning time and time again to spend Christmas at Disney, because is a truly magical time of the year and there’s no better place for us to celebrate than at a truly magical place, filled with friendly and happy faces.

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Tips on photo opportunities in Walt Disney World https://www.scootarama.com/tips-on-photo-opportunities-in-walt-disney-world/ https://www.scootarama.com/tips-on-photo-opportunities-in-walt-disney-world/#respond Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:52:22 +0000 https://www.scootarama.com/?p=14067 We all know that there’s a myriad of things to discover at Walt Disney World. Even after all the time we’ve spent there, we still haven’t seen or done everything, which means we can’t have photographed everything, either. Fair enough, we have probably photographed the park icons, such as Spaceship Earth or Cinderella Castle from every conceivable angle, but there are probably lots of little nooks and crannies that we’ve never even seen, let alone taken pictures of. That’s why, ...

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We all know that there’s a myriad of things to discover at Walt Disney World. Even after all the time we’ve spent there, we still haven’t seen or done everything, which means we can’t have photographed everything, either. Fair enough, we have probably photographed the park icons, such as Spaceship Earth or Cinderella Castle from every conceivable angle, but there are probably lots of little nooks and crannies that we’ve never even seen, let alone taken pictures of. That’s why, for the last couple of Disney trips, I’ve been on a mission to see and photograph new parts of each park.

This quest not only enriches our photo album, but it helps to keep our experiences in the park fresh, too. It’s almost as if we’re looking at things with a new pair of eyes, and perhaps we are. It certainly makes you hunt out new parts of Disney that you’ve never encountered before.

Let’s take the countries around World Showcase. Epcot’s my favorite park, so I’ve spent a considerable amount of time exploring these countries over the years. Despite that, we still discovered a lot of new things. When you start walking around each pavilion, you realize just how huge they are. We found entire areas that we’d never seen before, with almost secret passageways hidden away in Morocco, and an exit from the shop right at the back of the Japan pavilion that brings you out by the White Egret Castle, giving you a very different perspective of the place. Talking of World Showcase’s shops, it’s well worth looking at what’s in there and getting some shots of the products on sale. Some of the displays are superb and are great reminders of each country.

Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life may be something you’ve photographed lots of times, but did you know there are trails around the base of the tree that you can wander around? We didn’t, until we took the Wild by Design tour and, since then, we’ve explored a couple of those trails. They give you a very different perspective of the tree, showing off animals that we’d never seen on it before. It’s a good challenge to spot new animals, and then we make a point of taking pictures of them so we can look back and remember the excitement of a new discovery.

And, speaking of animals you’ve never seen before, it’s worth taking your time and even stopping for breath in the Oasis, not long after you enter Animal Kingdom. All too often, all of us are dashing past to get to Expedition Everest or Kilimanjaro Safaris and we miss this area in the rush. It’s a great shame if you do, as if you linger a while you’ll find a lot of different animals right under your nose, which make for some great photos. Be warned that you might have to be patient, as some of these critters are pretty difficult to find and have a habit of hiding away from the camera lens. For me though, that only makes the moment sweeter when finally I get a good shot of them!

In the Magic Kingdom, it seems almost everything is well photographed, but even here, it’s easy to find more unusual items to snap. Just stroll along Main Street and look up — the windows have some superb in jokes on them. Turn down the alleyway halfway down on your right hand side and you’ll find some buildings that I’ll bet you’ve seen very few photos of.

Another great place to head to find unusual photo opportunities is Tom Sawyer’s Island. The first time we visited it, I had great fun, snapping things I’d never seen before. It also gives you a new perspective of the rest of the park around you, as you can get some good views of both Frontierland and Liberty Square from there.

The hunt for unusual photos isn’t just confined to the Disney parks, though. Visit any of the resorts on Disney property and you’ll find they have one thing in common – they’re all beautifully themed. There’s nothing better than taking a break from the parks to head over to one of the resorts. You can explore their lobbies, the swimming pool areas, and the beautifully landscaped grounds. On my most recent visit, I finally made it over to Fort Wilderness during daylight hours, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover it had a beautiful white beach and lovely Spanish moss draped over the trees. Then there was Wilderness Lodge. Having been to the main building and the main swimming pool plenty of times, this time we headed for the Disney Vacation Club Villas and saw their quiet pool and the seating areas in the Villas building. As that shows, even after numerous visits to the Walt Disney World resort, if you’ve been to every resort, there are still new areas that you can find to enjoy and photograph.

It’s also worth photographing some of the signs you come across, particularly if you’re a scrapbooker like me. There’s nothing better than having a photo of a resort or attraction sign and then doing a page on that subject. It certainly gives you an excellent starting point and saves you having to buy expensive embellishments.

Don’t forget some of the basics as well. One vacation, we returned home to tell people about the amazing food we had experienced during our stay on Disney property, and people just looked at us blankly. It was much easier next time to show them photographs of the dishes, rather than trying to describe them – and trust me, we had people salivating at some of those photos! Ever since then, we always photograph the food, as it helps us to remember just how it was.

Equally, photograph your room as a reminder of a great stay. It’s always best to do this when you first get there, before you unpack and make a mess – and don’t forget to take photos of the view, particularly if you’re overlooking something impressive, like the resort swimming pool, one of the lakes on property, or even the Magic Kingdom, if you’re lucky enough to stay in one of the monorail resorts.

Are you using an ECV or mobility scooter rental for your Walt Disney World vacation? Well don’t forget to take and post plenty of pictures on that too. I took pics of Mom and Dad using an Disney scooter rental from Scootarama! It solved their mobility issues that were encountered by long waits and tons of walking. Snap Snap Snap away.

There are photo opportunities literally everywhere you go on Disney property, so the next time you’re there, keep that camera out and shoot away, looking for the unusual views. I’ll bet you can find plenty if you set your mind to it.

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MWR Military Discounts on Disney World and Universal Orlando Tickets https://www.scootarama.com/mwr-military-discounts-on-disney-world-and-universal-orlando-tickets/ https://www.scootarama.com/mwr-military-discounts-on-disney-world-and-universal-orlando-tickets/#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2019 04:28:32 +0000 https://www.scootarama.com/?p=14059 One constant benefit that army members possess is their local foundation Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office. They provide discounted tickets for attractions local to your distinct base’s place as well as a few hotels and seasonal events, shows, hockey skating and ballet performances. Many MWR ticket offices offer Walt Disney World tickets and just some (mostly west coast bases, but a few in different regions of the country) offer Disneyland tickets in fairly great discounts. If your local office ...

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One constant benefit that army members possess is their local foundation Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office. They provide discounted tickets for attractions local to your distinct base’s place as well as a few hotels and seasonal events, shows, hockey skating and ballet performances. Many MWR ticket offices offer Walt Disney World tickets and just some (mostly west coast bases, but a few in different regions of the country) offer Disneyland tickets in fairly great discounts. If your local office does not stock the particular ticket that you need, do inquire about it since often times they can order them for you!

In Walt Disney World, you can find a 4-day ticket with either Park Hopper option or Water Parks Fun and More option added for $265.00 each or you can add and choices for a total of $315.00 per ticket. The resort hotels are also offering a discount under the Military Salute. 40% from deluxe, 35 percent off of moderate and 30% off of value resort rooms. The hotel rooms are limited in number so if you’re planning on using this discount, call Disney, your local MWR folks or your travel agent to reserve now and lock in your discounted rates.

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Disneyland is offering a 3-day Park Hopper ticket for only $178.00, which can be an awesome thing! The same ticket with the same perks purchased at the gate costs $355.00, so the savings, as a result of the Military Salute is fantastic!

Included in the deal, each member/sponsor (or partner) may only purchase six total tickets. They all must be purchased at the exact same time so in the event that you need three tickets for a single trip and two tickets for a trip a couple of months afterwards, they all must be purchased at precisely the exact same moment! If you purchase the tickets in your MWR office or at Shades of Green Resort at Walt Disney World, then you will not have to pay any sales tax in your purchase. But, sales tax will apply if you choose to buy the tickets at a Walt Disney World or Disneyland ticket window.

There are blockout dates on the tickets that will apply. At Walt Disney World currently there aren’t any blockout dates recorded for 2020.

If you aren’t able to make it into a MWR ticket office before your visit to the Orlando area, you can stop in to Shades of Green Resort to purchase discounted tickets. They give tickets to all of the major Florida theme parks as well as local dinner shows and attractions such as Universal Orlando, Orlando Magic, Legoland, Kennedy Space Center and Busch Gardens of Tampa.

To compare costs, Shades of Green provides Universal Orlando tickets 2-Park 4-Day Park to Park $200 (no tax is charged). In the event that you were to reserve that through Universal, it would cost you $292.86 plus tax, so taking advantage of the Shades of Green ticket sales advantage can lead to considerable savings!

Let’s compare Walt Disney World tickets, purchasing a 4-day Magic Your Way base ticket at the park gates will run you $596.74. If you purchase the exact same ticket in Shades of Green, it’s going to cost only $395.00. Should you use your MWR benefit on base, it could be exactly the same if not more affordable for you!

If you are a disabled veteran and in need a mobility aid or scooter rental service while vacationing at Disney World or Universal Studios Orlando let me recommend Scootarama. They are Orlando’s Premiere Scooter Rental Service with great rates and superior service. That also off a 20% Off military discount and coupon code!

Vacationing can be costly. Luckily, our army takes good care of military families and supplies us with ticket options that each military member of every position can afford. As I mentioned previously, in case your MWR office does not have a particular ticket that you need, it can’t hurt to inquire about them ordering for you. Do make sure you go in with lots of time to spare before your trip to allow for transport (to either your home or your MWR office).

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After paying the attendant to park at Universal’s parking garage (and taking an elevator unto the escalator that transport you the main security, once you pass the security checkpoint you are well on your way into Universal CityWalk), you will walk through Universal CityWalk for a few minutes then you will arrive at the main entrance of both parks.
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After paying the attendant to park at Universal’s parking garage (and taking an elevator unto the escalator that transport you the main security, once you pass the security checkpoint you are well on your way into Universal CityWalk), you will walk through Universal CityWalk for a few minutes then you will arrive at the main entrance of both parks.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure — By the time we arrived at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the rain had stopped so that we were ready to enjoy any outdoor amusement. This park is more like a theme park that is traditional, with thrill rides, roller coasters and water rides. My youngest was really excited to be tall enough to get on the SpiderMan ride.

Universal Studios Florida — It had been raining when we came, so we went to Universal Studios first, where virtually every attraction is inside (perfect)! We didn’t get to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but we were dry, happy and having fun. My attraction was that the 4D film experience Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and the indoor coaster TRANSFORMERS: The Ride — 3D. And my favorite was the peaceful bike ride through the friendly skies inside of the E.T. Adventure. Rides are designed to make you feel as if you are part of the movie or television show. There was a Fantastic mixture of attractions for older audiences as well as the young.

Over the years, we’ve visited theme parks in Orlando, Florida, with tots, tweens and teens in tow. The theme parks are constantly adding new rides and shows to keep people coming back, and we love exploring new attractions, hotels and restaurants.

We never tire of Orlando. It’s a favorite vacation destination for our family and one of the most wheelchair-friendly places in the country.

Mobility and Accessibility Information

The Orange County Convention Center and Visitors Bureau provides comprehensive information about the city for guests with special needs. Sign up early for the free and receive several hundred dollars in savings on accommodations like dining, shopping, golf, transportation and attractions.

The Visitors Bureau recommends calling theme parks directly for accessibility information. Universal Studios Orlando offers a comprehensive guide for guests with disabilities that tells everything from where to walk a service animal to which rides require guests to remove prosthetic limbs. Walt Disney World’s mobility disability information can be found at here or call 407-824-4321.

Before every visit to the theme parks, we spend time scanning the web for deals. Searching information and specialty guides for wheelchair and mobility scooter accessibility, they’re filled with tips on everything from navigating the theme parks to budget-conscious dining.

We always check Visit Orlando Deals, and frequently refer to it.  It’s one of our favorite websites to research and obtain coupons, discounts and money saving deals.

Trip Planning for Special Needs

With so much to see and do, it’s a good idea to spend some time planning your trip before you leave home. Have a family meeting and ask everyone what’s on the top of their “must do” list. Not every ride is accessible and most have height restrictions. Some can be ridden from a wheelchair and others require transferring. (Note: Many rides are only accessible for manual wheelchairs, not electric wheelchairs or scooters.)

When mapping out each day’s activities, allow at least an hour per ride or show that’s a “must do.” Some shows, such as Disney’s “Finding Nemo —The Musical” (a Broadway-style production), recommend arriving 45 minutes before the show. We did just that and had fantastic seats with an amazing view of the stage. However, in less than 15 minutes, all of the wheelchair seating area was full.

Every theme park provides guests with a map of the park; if wheelchair-accessible entrances and companion restrooms aren’t shown, stop by Guest Services and ask for assistance.

The time of year you visit Orlando can affect your enjoyment. Our two biggest concerns are the climate and the crowds. Standing in the hot Florida sun for hours is exhausting. Busiest times are spring break, Easter, Thanksgiving and the December holidays. Typically, the parks are open longer during peak times and close earlier during slower periods.

Our family prefers to book a five- or six-day vacation and leisurely enjoy the attractions, instead of trying to do it all in two or three days. The theme parks are exciting, and it’s easy to lose all sense of time and go until you’re exhausted. We like to balance intense theme park visits with quieter outings. Parents especially need to be mindful of how much sensory overload their children can handle.

In addition you could always take a break from the rides and spend the day at the hotel pool or visit a calmer accessible attraction, such as the Pointe Orlando, the Universal Citywalk, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Disney Springs, Orlando Premium Outlets or the Orlando Museum of Art.

Where can I rent a handicapped van or vehicle in Orlando?

Whether you’re driving a vehicle to Orlando or renting one, be sure to bring your own disabled parking permit, as temporary permits aren’t available. Several handicap accessible van rental companies (Wheelchair Vans of FloridaMobility Works and Wheelers Van Rentals) offer cars with hand controls. It’s a good idea to arrange for the rental well in advance of your trip.

Mears Transportation Group also offers wheelchair-lift-equipped transportation between the Orlando International Airport, hotels and attractions; Advance reservation required.

Where can I rent a mobility scooter or ECV?

At the Orlando theme parks wheelchair, mobility scooters and electric conveyance vehicles (ECVs) are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. There is also a rental fee and deposit is required at the time of rental, however this deposit is refundable. Scootarama is a trusted off-property Orlando area company who rents reliable mobility scooters.

Accessible accommodations in Orlando

Choosing accommodations in Orlando depends upon your budget, the location of the attractions you plan to visit and your mode of transportation.

The 10-mile-long International Drive runs parallel to I-4, with Universal Orlando to the north and Walt Disney World to the south. More than 200 hotels are located on this congested thoroughfare. We recently stayed at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, a newer resort that’s literally across the street from the all new under construction Universal Orlando theme park Epic Universe.

I-Drive is an ideal location if you plan to visit all the major theme parks or want to spend some time shopping. Getting around is easily done by hopping aboard the I-Ride Trolley, which has wheelchair lifts. The low-cost trolleys run every 20 minutes between 8 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Walt Disney World Resorts in Lake Buena Vista

If you’re only visiting Disney World, then staying on the property might be the most convenient choice. Especially if you’re utilizing a mobility scooter rental to scurry about the theme parks.

Guests can get to the four theme parks, Disney Springs, two water parks and several golf courses by way of resort transportation which includes buses, the monorail and boats. One of our favorite hotels is the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The African-style lodge sits in a 33-acre wildlife preserve and offers special animal viewing areas throughout the property. Many of the pools at Disney hotels have zero-grade entry and aquatic wheelchairs (made of PVC pipe) are available for transferring into the water.

Complimentary airport service is available; ask about Disney’s Magical Express when you book a room. Another guest benefit is Extra Magic Hours, which allows extra time at the Disney theme parks beyond standard operating hours.

Off Property Hotel Recommendations

Adjacent to Walt Disney World is the Lake Buena Vista area with numerous hotels. Two hotels that I recommend are the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites, are just off I-4 directly across from Orlando’s Prime Outlet Mall. The two properties share a zero-grade entry outdoor pool. The Garden Inn rooms have a fridge, microwave and coffee maker while the Homewood Suites rooms have fully-equipped kitchens.

Universal Orlando Resorts

Universal Orlando Resort has six onsite hotels: Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, Universal’s Aventura Hotel, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Each hotel has complimentary wheelchair-accessible water taxis that transport guests to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk.  Your room key card gives you front-of-the-line access to rides and shows at the parks. One of our favorite resorts is the Cabana Bay. This resort is a “value” resort, themed after the iconic beaches from the 50’s and 60’s era. This resort is really cool for instance the array of old nostalgic American made automobiles parked out front along the resort.

Off-site accommodations include Universal Orlando Partner Hotels, which offer free transportation to Universal Orlando Resort and discounts on merchandise and food.

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Electric Scooters Will Soon Be Coming To Orlando https://www.scootarama.com/electric-scooters-will-soon-be-coming-to-orlando/ https://www.scootarama.com/electric-scooters-will-soon-be-coming-to-orlando/#respond Sun, 10 Nov 2019 18:21:48 +0000 https://www.scootarama.com/?p=13900 Orlando “The City Beautiful” will be replacing the bright green bikes that are littered around with sleek looking electric scooter.
Earlier, the Mayor called electric motor-scooters “dangerous,” but eventually the city will begin a pilot program for electric scooters as early as January 2020.
Dyer said because bicycles have been found near the UCF by city employees, is part of why he is allowing electric scooters.
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Orlando “The City Beautiful” will be replacing the bright green bikes that are littered around with sleek looking electric scooter.

Earlier, the Mayor called electric motor-scooters “dangerous,” but eventually the city will begin a pilot program for electric scooters as early as January 2020.

Dyer said because bicycles have been found near the UCF by city employees, is part of why he is allowing electric scooters.

Approximately five companies were chosen, including Hopr and Lime. Soon they will clarify if electric scooter rentals companies will be zooming through the streets of Orlando, Florida.

According to representative of Orlando they said scooters might be “scooting” by January, especially after Mayor Dyer told Greg Warmoth of Channel 9.

Cierra Putman question the mayor to why did he’s done a complete 180.

“For some who might think this is a flip-flop, what would you say?” ‘No, we are adaptable. It would be irrational to say,’Oh, no scooters, I said no scooters’ Therefore, we’re going to test them out,” Dyer said.

Electric mobility scooter rentals are not under scrutiny. Its the electric scooters where people have perished, including a gentleman in Tampa earlier this year.

“We’re aware of that and there is a heavy security elements to the ordinance,” said Officer Flynn

Companies will have to provide multiple safety training lessons. The scooters maximum speed limit is 10 mph.

The City Beautiful has communicated with five sellers. They’ll be permitted to bring a maximum of 200 scooters into city.

Commissioners may vote on an ordinance in the near future.

Conclusion

Whether you wish to lower your carbon footprint seeking the freedom of outdoors, or feel like appreciating your liberties riding to and from work, electric scooters are a handy choice. An electric scooter rental can allow you to zip around town and they are environmentally friendly and give a ride that is smooth.

Typically, the speed for every apparatus increases with configurations that are more advanced, at the expense of battery lifetime. Let’s not make a big deal with this, however be sure not to exceed the weight capacity on only electric scooters. As speed or anticipated, though with a bit less range, they still performed for the most part. No devices were damaged in this roundup.

If you intend on getting into scooters, be safe. Leave sufficient space between yourself and automobiles and passengers on scooters and plain old bicycles. Remember you are in a position to go a whole lot faster please ride and proceed with care.

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