First of all, forgive me for rattling on and also I apologize to those who might take this wrong, but I need to vent about scooters.
I don’t want to start the great scooter debate of 2009, but I have some things that I would like to get off my chest.
My parents(69 & 74) and I have been back about 3 weeks from WDW. My parents are in good shape get through Disney very well. I understand that some people have medical issues and aren’t able to get around as well. In my rantings I don’t include those people. I have seen adults & children in very serious conditions and have no problem with them using wheelchairs or scooters, or whatever else. These people have far more problems than I will ever have.
But those of us know that there are people who don’t need them as much. I also understand that there maybe something else wrong with someone than just what we think might be there.
So here is my experience: my family stayed at AKL last year and we loved it. This this my mother wanted to stay at the GF. As much as I love AKL I won’t stay there again until something is done about transportation. I went back to see AKL and look out at the animals. We waited at the MK stop for AKL and a scooter comes. She boarded the scooter then walked onto the bus. We boarded the bus at 5:01pm and left. The Kidani Village is new this year so we stopped there first. The bus driver had to keep moving up and back to get on the sidewalk. It took SIXTEEN minutes to get the scooter off the bus. It took us 32 minutes from the beginning to the end. We spent about 45 minutes there and walked to the MK stop. There were a lot of people waiting. Lo and behold 3 scooters showed up and guess where they were going, yup MK. The driver told them only 2 could go. The one lady even ran into the back of the other lady trying to get on the bus!!! So they they ended up taking 10 seats with the scooters and the family. We waited 22 minutes to load them on. A family next to me had gotten there before and had a dining reservation. They said they were going to be late. The bus was jammed packed and some people still had to wait for the next one. Boy were some people mad. It took us over an hour just to get to the hotel and back in traveling and waiting time.
I understand my time isn’t the most valuable in the world, but soooo many people were affected by the 3 scooters. I without a doubt would have understood if I felt these people desperately needed them, but I feel they rented them not for their convience, but the inconvience of others.
I know why people rent them, it’s much easier if you are older, have leg problems, or are obese. I just wish more of the scooter renters would keep in mind that exceptions are made to accomedate you, not make it all about you.
Thank you for listening to my long winded rant. Please don’t take it the wrong way.