[QUOTE=bethishooked;1138287]This is a very touchy subject for me, and I ask when people start on their rants about scooters, that they realize other people who legitimately need them are hearing these rants, and may take it to heart. I ask that you take their feelings into consideration before you go down a nasty road.[/QUOTE]
Beth, its the ones who don’t need it that make this so bad. My mom went to WDW with us during the busiest week of the year. She was 77 years old at the time and she REFUSED the scooter. She SHOULD HAVE taken it. After 2 days she was done - she simply couldn’t do it. Pride got in her way from enjoying the world.
What I cannot stand is to see people riding their scooters up to an attraction and then getting out and practically sprinting to get into line or to beat others somewhere. I have seen some abuse by the scooter brigade…BUT HAVING SAID THAT. My little family ASSUMES everyone in a scooter NEEDS a scooter and treats them as such. Which, in the end, many times ticks us off because of the abuse.
Now…all this being said…my wife was born with one leg shorter than the other. In her childhood she spent EVERY summer…EVERY day of that summer in a hospital bed, as they would place wenches in her leg and would crank them periodically to lengthen the bone - tibia. They would STRETCH HER BONE, the pain was incredible. She has had 22 operations on her leg and in the process found out she was allergic to the stitches used 25 years ago…so her leg is severely scared. She has hardly any muscles in one leg from the knee down and is missing a toe on the same side. She suffers greatly from arthritis in that side of her lower half and walks 100% of the time with a slight limp. She has been wheel chair ridden for most of her childhood and spent summers with the kids at St Dom. and Le Boneurs in Memphis who were truly sick. To say my wife has a special place in her heart for those who physically have an issue…well, is an understatement and her compassion for those is very contagious, as myself and our kids have seemed to follow her. Does she use a scooter? NO! Should she? sometimes yes. When she says its time to sit…we sit because we know half the time she is fighting a fight within her own will to prove to herself she isn’t that different from everyone else…
BUT…let her see somebody abusing a disability. Let someone pull up in a handicap parking spot and run into the store or pull that scooter up she just let pass and them skip to their lou in the line or whatever. **** hath no fury - why??? She has been there and I have seen her pain. And as a child in a situation where she simply “couldn’t” she would have given ANYTHING to not need that wheelchair.
Seriously, if its needed - Its needed and those of us who don’t need it should do our best to accommodate.
I guess all that to say the obvious - its the turds in the world who ruin it for those really need the scooter or less wait time in lines or whatever, and make people who want the best for all become weary and skeptical.
Disney in my opinion had to act. Especially, if they can do it in a way that lets those who need these amenities have them and stops the abuse from those who don’t.