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Old 11-08-2019, 12:30 AM   #1
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Default How to secure a personal 'folding' scooter in the parks?

Hi everyone!

We recently purchased a portable/folding scooter for DH (http://evrider.com/component/virtuem....html?Itemid=0)
to help extend his mobility when we go out and about. So far we've used it at city parks and malls.

We chose this particular scooter because it was easily transportable and light enough for both of us to be able to lift in and out of the car.

Naturally we'd like to take this with us to Disney. We don't see a problem at the resorts or restaurants but I envision a problem in the parks,
specifically, how does one SECURE this particular kind of scooter while on the rides? Because its fold-able and only weighs 56lbs, I can imagine anyone
could just walk off with it, no key required.

Is this just a hopeless endeavour or what?
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:38 AM   #2
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My first thought is a typical cable and lock used for bicycles that can you can use to secure the scooter in place. Would one of the U shaped bicycle locks also work to keep the unit from folding or being closed.

Does the company sell any accessories to lock the unit?

Keep in mind that cast members will occasionally need to move scooters that have been parked by their users and if yours is chained to something, it may not be appreciated. On other rides, the cast members will have you get off the scooter near the start of the ride and manually roll your scooter to where you get off the ride.
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My first thought is a typical cable and lock used for bicycles that can you can use to secure the scooter in place. Would one of the U shaped bicycle locks also work to keep the unit from folding or being closed..

My first thought was also to lock the scooter, but that is against Disney policy.

My second thought is why would you fold the scooter up? I would leave it fully opened, just like every other scooter. 56 pounds is still a lot of weight to try and carry out of a park.....you are talking like a mile of walking carrying a scooter.

By the way, we ran into someone in August that was using the foldable scooter. Amazing how small they can get and easy to fold up. Certainly makes getting on/off the buses a lot easier.
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:45 AM   #4
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Is the battery life long enough for how you tour the parks?

I saw a presentation on QVC recently about a similar sounding scooter, and I think they said it’s good for 2 hours of rolling time, and that it took 40+ hours to reach a full charge. My first thought was “that’s not going to work at Disney!”
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I would do more like what we did with strollers TBH. Make it so someone wouldn't want to just take. Signs that aren't easily removable, balloons, nasty looking bag on seat or handlebars. That kind of thing. Can power be easily cut or battery removed? Would make it not as desirable to take if it didn't work. You cannot lock it and CMs may need to move it.
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Is the battery life long enough for how you tour the parks?

I saw a presentation on QVC recently about a similar sounding scooter, and I think they said it’s good for 2 hours of rolling time, and that it took 40+ hours to reach a full charge. My first thought was “that’s not going to work at Disney!”

The specs for that scooter says it has a range of 10 miles per charge. Also, it says that the battery will be fully charged in 4-10 hours.
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Hi everyone!

We recently purchased a portable/folding scooter for DH (http://evrider.com/component/virtuem....html?Itemid=0)
to help extend his mobility when we go out and about. So far we've used it at city parks and malls.

We chose this particular scooter because it was easily transportable and light enough for both of us to be able to lift in and out of the car.

Naturally we'd like to take this with us to Disney. We don't see a problem at the resorts or restaurants but I envision a problem in the parks,
specifically, how does one SECURE this particular kind of scooter while on the rides? Because its fold-able and only weighs 56lbs, I can imagine anyone
could just walk off with it, no key required.

Is this just a hopeless endeavour or what?
My first thought would be to treat it like a regular scooter. It would be very unlikely, I think, for somebody to take, and very hard for them to get far with it if they did. You would surely discover it missing quickly enough and a quick call to security should get the thing spotted. Putting identifiable markers on it could certainly help, too.

My biggest contribution to this, though, is I'm so glad to hear you are thinking about Disney trips! I had thought that your last trip was your last one. So good to hear that things are moving along in this new way of life!

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You could also attach a Tile to it so that if it does get “lost”, you can find it.
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I'm with Tom on this one. Someone carrying a 50+lb object through the parks is going to look awfully strange. As bulky as though things are, it would require two people or for the person to pick it up and carry it on their shoulders. Too conspicuous for a common thief. They'd be much better off just stealing someone's high end stroller. Much easier to sell a stroller on craigslist than a folding scooter.
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Thanks for the replies everyone!

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My first thought is a typical cable and lock used for bicycles that can you can use to secure the scooter in place. Would one of the U shaped bicycle locks also work to keep the unit from folding or being closed.
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My first thought was also to lock the scooter, but that is against Disney policy.
Yes, we thought of locking it but then realize Disney probably wouldn't like that especially if they needed to move the scooter.

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My second thought is why would you fold the scooter up? I would leave it fully opened, just like every other scooter. 56 pounds is still a lot of weight to try and carry out of a park.....you are talking like a mile of walking carrying a scooter.

By the way, we ran into someone in August that was using the foldable scooter. Amazing how small they can get and easy to fold up. Certainly makes getting on/off the buses a lot easier.
So apparently this scooter can't be 'moved' without the key, and leaving the key wouldn't be an option for us BUT that being said, once folded, it can be easily moved if CM's needed to move it.

As for the fear of someone walking off with it, I do see your point, the 'average' person would not bother BUT since there are always bad people everywhere looking for an opportunity, I wouldn't want to give them one.

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Is the battery life long enough for how you tour the parks?
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The specs for that scooter says it has a range of 10 miles per charge. Also, it says that the battery will be fully charged in 4-10 hours.
Tom/Robin? is right, our scooter can do 8-10 miles which is plenty for us since our pace is slower now and we don't cover allot of ground in the 1/2 day we are in a park. I would bring our charger just in case though.

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I would do more like what we did with strollers TBH. Make it so someone wouldn't want to just take. Signs that aren't easily removable, balloons, nasty looking bag on seat or handlebars. That kind of thing. Can power be easily cut or battery removed? Would make it not as desirable to take if it didn't work. You cannot lock it and CMs may need to move it.
I like the nasty bag idea! As for the battery being removed, we haven't tried but I don't believe it can be since we have to plug into the base of the unit to charge.

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My first thought would be to treat it like a regular scooter. It would be very unlikely, I think, for somebody to take, and very hard for them to get far with it if they did. You would surely discover it missing quickly enough and a quick call to security should get the thing spotted. Putting identifiable markers on it could certainly help, too.

My biggest contribution to this, though, is I'm so glad to hear you are thinking about Disney trips! I had thought that your last trip was your last one. So good to hear that things are moving along in this new way of life!Dirk
Aw, thanks Dirk. Actually, DH isn't too keen on going again, but I'm doing my homework in the hopes that he can be persuaded to go back, then I'll be prepared!

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You could also attach a Tile to it so that if it does get “lost”, you can find it.
That's a great idea!

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I'm with Tom on this one. Someone carrying a 50+lb object through the parks is going to look awfully strange. As bulky as though things are, it would require two people or for the person to pick it up and carry it on their shoulders. Too conspicuous for a common thief. They'd be much better off just stealing someone's high end stroller. Much easier to sell a stroller on craigslist than a folding scooter.
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