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We have always wanted to try a Segway, but until now thought that Segway tours were only available at Disney’s Epcot theme park. This had previously ruled it out for our family, as the minimum age to sign up for the tour was 16 and both our kids are younger than this.
Then we read on the forums of another option – a company called ZeTours (www. zetours. com) who do Segway tours around Celebration. Riders just have to be 100lb or more in weight, be aged 12 or older and pass a supervised practice run to ensure they have control of the Segway.
We all had to wear protective helmets and each of us had a one-to-one session with Dale, the tour leader, to ensure we were confident with the controls of the Segway. The Segway is surprisingly easy to ride, as it is self-levelling, so once you are on the vehicle you just need to alter your weight/position slightly forward (to go forward) or back (to reverse) and side to side to turn left/right. It is so easy that one problem can be over-confidence. The Segway can reach speeds of 12 mph, so you fairly zip along the sidewalks.
Zetours used to be based in Celebration itself, but recently moved to a place on the 192, so the first part of the adventure was actually travelling to Celebration. This is where we had fun – we took a route along the sidewalks of the 192, crossing a few roads along the way, with the expert supervision of Dale. We made it to Celebration in one piece, and commenced the tour around Celebration via the lake, looking out for wildlife, passing cyclists, joggers and people just enjoying a stroll around the lake. We then toured the streets of Celebration, with Dale stopping us every now and again to point out something of interest and give us some history/background of that particular area. On the day that we did the Segway tour, Celebration was hosting an outdoor live concert, and on one of the streets, it ‘snowed’ every hour, so the place was heaving with people all out to have a good time. People would stop and wave to us, and little children would exclaim in surprise at seeing us on the Segways – our boys loved the whole experience.
The tours are either 30, 60 or 90 minutes long, but this does not include the practice session or the trip to Celebration, so we were actually riding the Segways for about 80 minutes for a 30 minute tour, so it was great value, if a little tiring by the end. My other half kept exclaiming that he wanted a Segway.
Dale was very entertaining and kept an eye on our two boys to make sure they drove safely and it was a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable tour, which we would certainly repeat on another trip to Florida.
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