N. Miami Beach, FL - Disabled Jewish Mayor Plans To Sue Disney
North Miami Beach, FL -What was supposed to be a fun filled vacation to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ for North Miami Beach Mayor Myron Rosner and his family turned into a vacation he would never forget but for all the wrong reasons.
“You’re in Walt Disney Word and you bring your children there for fantasy and imagination I don’t think that Walt Disney himself would’ve thought this was a place where you would have your vacation turned into a nightmare,” said Rosner.
Mayor Myron Rosner, who was left a paraplegic after a construction accident, uses an iBOT 4000 to get around. In addition to acting as a standard wheelchair, the $30 thousand four-wheeled vehicle is also capable of balancing and moving on only two wheels. Rosner prefers to ride in the two-wheeled configuration because it allows him to be eye-level with his wife Sarah Zabel, who happens to be a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge.
During a recent visit to Epcot Center and Animal Kingdom two Disney parks with his family, Rosner said he was harassed for more than a hour because of his iBot 4000 because in its two wheel configuration it resembled a Segway vehicle which have been banned from the parks for safety reasons.
“They were basically attacking me and telling me that I was on private property and Disney has a policy that you can not operate your chair on two wheels,” said Rosner.
Rosner said park employees demanded that he lower himself and use only the four wheel configuration in while in the park. Rosner said in Animal Kingdom on Sunday security personnel and Disney employees surrounded him and forced him to lower his chair into the four wheel configuration as his family walked through the park. They then followed him around to ensure that he did not change it back to the two wheeled configuration. Rosner said he and family left soon afterwards.
Disney spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez says iBOTs are permitted in the parks and admits there was some confusion with the employees.
Saying park employees harassed his family and made them feel unwelcome; Rosner reportedly plans to file a suit against Disney for what he calls an embarrassing experience. Even though Disney officials have apologized, Rosner is asking for a formal apology.
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