|LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Guests to Epcot, the ever-changing theme park of
discovery, can experience a Segway® Human Transporter (HT)
for themselves, firsthand, as part of two different programs.
"Around the World at Epcot" is a two-hour guided tour that allows guests to operate the two-wheeled, one-person transportation device throughout World Showcase before the area opens for other park guests. The cost is $80 per person. Tours are daily at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.
"Our guests will get the very unique experience of riding through several countries and observing the beautiful architecture from a different point of view," said John Eric Sovocool, Innoventions show manager.
The "Simply Segway" experience is a one-hour program that gives guests a product overview, training and indoor riding time at Epcot's Innoventions area. The cost is $45 per person. The "Simply Segway" ride experience is offered daily (except Tuesdays) at 12:30 and 1:45 p.m.
For both programs, class size is limited to 10 guests. Epcot admission is required and riders must be at least 16 years old to participate. Guests can call 407/WDW-TOUR for more information or reservations.
Innoventions, Epcot's technology playground, has featured the first public display of the Segway HT since 2002. The display includes interactive stations and daily demonstrations by cast members on how the product works.
The Segway HT is the world's first self-balancing human transporter that uses advanced technology, gyroscopes and tilt sensors to emulate human balance. When a person leans slightly forward, the Segway HT moves forward. When leaning back, the Segway HT moves back. Riders can travel up to 12.5 mph for a distance of up to 24 miles on a single charge.
About World Showcase
World Showcase is a world of multi-cultural enchantment, featuring marketplaces bustling with international flavor and a dazzling display of countries that transports guests through the magical worlds of 11 nations with just a few steps.
Located in the heart of Epcot, Innoventions continuously transforms itself to represent the ever-changing world of technology. Here, Disney celebrates the breakthroughs in science and technology that inspire us in the new millennium -- everything from exploratory medicine to personal global communications to the ultimate in home entertainment. At Innoventions, guests are entertained while they discover tomorrow's technology today through hands-on experiences that activate the imagination and renew our hope for a better tomorrow.
Epcot allows guests to travel to four continents, explore land and sea adventures, experience future technologies today and journey into their imagination -- all in one vacation. Epcot is the celebration of human achievement and discovery.
Segway LLC develops and manufactures alternative-power transportation devices and is well-known for its flagship product, the electric, self-balancing Segway® Human Transporter (HT), which has garnered attention around the globe since it was first revealed in December 2001. Driven by a mission to develop and sell fun, innovative transportation solutions, Segway employs patented "dynamic stabilization" technology to create versatile, agile, short-range devices that provide an exhilarating user experience. For additional information about Segway and to find dealer locations, please visit www.segway.com or call 1-866/4SEGWAY. Press materials and digital images are available at Segway LLC's press center at www.segway.com/news.