California Lawyer


December 2012

"Segways at Disneyland? Could happen. ... New technology presents risks as well as opportunities; we must not allow fear of the former to deprive us of the latter. We have every confidence that the organization that, half a century ago, brought us the Carousel of Progress and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln can lead the way in using new technology to make its parks more welcoming to disabled guests. As the man who started it all said, 'Disneyland will never be completed as long as there is imagination left in the world.' "

- Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski writing in Baughman v. Walt Disney World Company (685 F.3d 1131, 1132, 1137 (9th Cir. 2012)) for a three-judge panel that unanimously overruled a grant of summary judgment for Disney against a disabled plaintiff who sought the use of a Segway to accompany her eight-year-old daughter on a visit to the Magic Kingdom.

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