Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Whirlwind Tour of World Showcase

 By Guest Columnist Disney InsidEAR Sarah Orr

Whether you are a seasoned Walt Disney World Resort veteran or a first time visitor, the new "Keep Moving Forward: See the World, Share the Dream" Segway tour has something to offer you because not only do you get a whirlwind tour of World Showcase without getting tired, you learn some fun facts about Epcot from a historical perspective.

In a nutshell, the tour started with a training session, (LaMonte was our group's instructor) followed by breakfast (preordered upon check in.) We dined in a private seating area in Sunshine Seasons. After breakfast we toured World Showcase via Segway.

I took the tour earlier this month with my mother. The Segways (designed to be intuitive personal transporters) cost about $5,000 each, and are easy to maneuver. Walt Disney would've loved these babies!

Our guide Ryan told me the new "whisper units" (ear pieces) we each wore, took this tour up a level from the previous Segway tour of World Showcase. With the whisper units, Guests can hear the guide's comments (some very funny) while riding the personal transporters through World Showcase. Before the arrival of the whisper units, the group could not hear the guide's narration until everyone in the tour was stopped and gathered around. We still gathered around Ryan at times, (beginning with China) however he gave us continuous feedback, tips and tidbits while traveling. He gave us background information about most of the countries. This was my kind of history lesson!

Our stop in the Italy pavilion was my favorite part of the tour. After Ryan pointed out several architectural highlights, LaMonte set up pylons for us to weave and zoom in and out of, using our newly acquired Segway riding skills.

The United Kingdom pavilion was our last stop on the tour. By this time, World Showcase was open and in full swing (our tour started at 8:30 a.m.) Our single file Segway parade made its way back to our starting point inside Innoventions West, waving, smiling and feeling like a VIP.

 Thanks Sarah for sharing your article with us here.  If you would like to read more of Sarah's work, please check out her blog called View from the Parlor:  Live, Give and Travel.

1 comment:

Sarah Orr said...

My best tip for this tour: Disney Visa discount is 20% off. - Sarah