Sunnyday ‘Scoot’ tours take sightseers to parts unknown
By CHAD GARLAND,
JUNE 7, 2015
Amy likes to wave. She waves a lot — at pedestrians, at bicyclists, at fellow motorists — and of course, they wave back.
“We want to be a part of the community, and that’s why we wave,” Amy said Friday morning. “We can’t tell you how many people we’ve seen wave back.”
Driving along in her red three-wheeled “scoot,” which looks something like a roofless version of Lightning McQueen from the animated movie “Cars,” traveling down San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank — where their company is based — to Western Avenue to Riverside Drive and into Griffith Park, she waves.
Behind her on Friday morning were three more green scoots — specially made two-passenger scooters — each with a driver and passenger partaking in a tour. Many of them waved, too.
That level of personality is part of what makes their new tour business, called Sunnyday Scoot, unique. The other part is the scoots themselves.
Sunnyday takes caravans scoots on three-hour driving tours that focus on sights in and around Griffith Park, or on one-hour adventure rides that are more about the fun of driving. The company offers tour packages, as well as customized romance packages.
Hunter said it’s more fun than the typical tour bus, and participants not only get to buzz up and down the winding roads of Griffith Park, among other routes, they get to feel the wind in their faces while doing it. The tours bring some excitement to driving in a town where the prospect of regular traffic intimidates visitors and enervates locals, he said.
Jamie McCormick was back for his second tour with the scoot company on Friday. Even though he has lived in Los Angeles for several years and goes to many events and venues around town, his first tour showed him a side of Griffith Park he’d never seen, including places Walt Disney visited with his daughter.
Hunter said when they started the business, they expected to serve mostly tourists, but they’ve actually had many repeat customers and locals.
Chandra Chang, a writer and producer who lives in Los Angeles, shared a scoot with McCormick. It was her first time.
“It feels like a Mario Kart,” she said, referring to the video game that involves popular Nintendo characters racing in go-carts.
Sunnyday has been open for business a little more than two months, but it took about two years of planning, including a nationwide search for the right location before deciding on Los Angeles because of the year-round good weather and beautiful nature. Hunter said it’s a “dream job that snuck up on me.”
Not only does he love it, he said, he’s happy with the response it’s been getting from customers. He and Amy practically beam with pride at the five-star reviews they’re getting online — on Yelp and Trip Advisor.
Hunter said that while the scoots may “separate” them from their competition, “it’s good to read the reviews that say it’s our personal touch that really sets us apart.”
Come hop in these 2-seat minicars and explore LA in the most fun way possible! Ride by famous movie studios, see The Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, explore an abandoned zoo, step inside Walt Disney’s Barn, and so much more!
Meeting locations vary but are all north of Griffith Park within minutes of Universal Studios, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, ABC, NBC, Warner Bros Studios, Bob’s Big Boy, and Walt Disney Studios.
3 miles from Universal Studios
5 miles from Burbank Airport
6 miles from Hollywood Blvd
10 miles from Downtown Los Angeles
25 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Your specific meeting spot will be sent to you in your confirmation email after booking.
Please Note:We do not take walk-ups or walk-ins. All activities must be prearranged by booking online or calling us directly at 818-687-2668.
No experience needed
Drivers: Must be 21 or older with a valid drivers license, international drivers license accepted – Every vehicle (Scoot) that you reserve must have at least one driver
Passengers: Minimum age is 7 years old
Weight: Due to the custom nature of the vehicles – Weight limit is 250 pounds per person – Weight limit for (2) people in the same vehicle is 400 pounds.
Height: Maximum height is 6’3″ when riding with another guest
All participants must be in good physical health
All participants must follow Sunnyday Scoot safety instructions at all times
There is NO food or drinks permitted in the Scoots
No speeding, racing, passing, or bumping of Scoots
Arrival Times: Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your start time. Our activities do depart on time. Make sure you allow for extra driving time to get to the meeting spot as everything you have heard about LA traffic is true, it’s sometimes really slow moving. Because of this, GPS and map program estimated driving times might not be accurate. Plan accordingly so you don’t miss your scooting adventure.
Bottled Water (except on Joyride)
*Visit each individual activity page to see special additions unique for that tour or ride*
What to Bring:
Sunglasses to keep the wind out of your eyes
Sunscreen (apply before you arrive)
Camera or Smart Phone for photos
Should I tip my guide(s)? Tips and gratuity are not included. If you want to give a special thank you to your guides, feel free to show them your appreciation with a tip. They are always very grateful!
Please keep in mind:
Scoots are open air vehicles so it will feel cooler than driving in a car, unless we are talking about a convertible, and in that case it will feel exactly the same. Please dress accordingly. Most people find dressing in layers is a good idea.
There is no smoking at all during Sunnyday Scoot activities. Much of the land we visit is in forest fire risk zones.
Due to the nature of our activities, no service animals or pets of any kind are permitted. For the safety of the animals as well as the other drivers on the road, there will be no exceptions made for any reason.
Before starting your adventure, you will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate. Minors must have a legal parent/guardian present who can sign the waiver for them.
We are in LA, so it’s almost always a sunny day at Sunnyday Scoot!! On the rare occasion that it is expected to rain, we may have to cancel. If this is the case, we will call, email, or text you at least one hour prior to your start time. That is why it is very important for your contact information to be accurate and up-to-date. If we cancel due to weather, we will try our best to reschedule with you. When rescheduling is not possible, you have the option of a gift card or a full refund.
We understand that life happens and sometimes you might need to cancel your tour after you have scheduled it. If you need to cancel, we offer a full refund if you notify us at least 7 days prior to your tour date. Please call us directly at 818-687-2668 or email us at [email protected] to reschedule or cancel.
We reserve the right to refuse service, and if such occurs, no refund will be given. Some examples of why we might have to refuse service would be showing up under the influence of drugs or alcohol, neither participant having a valid drivers license, or driving unsafe or irresponsibly.