VoyageLA does an in depth interview with Sunny Day Scoot from its start to striving to be the #1 recreation choice in LA!
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Who we are as people is poured into what Sunny Day Scoot is all about. It’s about having fun, getting in touch with your inner child, feeling free, and reminding yourself that life is an adventure!
The best part of running our business is that every day we are meeting so many great people and sharing this exciting activity with them. We have met visitors from all over the world and tons of locals as well who come out and experience LA in our Scoots, which is the most unique and fun way possible. We wear many hats as owners, but still our favorite time is when we get to go out as guides and be part of the adventure. We are an example that if you work hard and are willing to take a chance, that you can change your life, love your job, and make your dreams come true.
Our goal is to become the #1 recreation choice in LA!
Has it been a smooth road?
When there are no rules because it’s a new business, and it’s your business so you are the one creating the rules, there really is a WOW factor. It’s this rare combination of feeling completely overwhelmed without certain structure, yet at the same time feeling amazingly free to create what you want and how you want it without any limits. It’s been super exciting and we are absolutely loving the journey!
Just like anything else in life there are daily challenges, but we see obstacles as just opportunities to learn and to grow. Of course, sometimes that wow factor we mentioned is like, “WOW, didn’t see that coming, what do we do now?” But most of the time it’s like, “WOW, we created an amazing experience for people to go scooting around in fun vehicles in the entertainment capital of the world!” So yes, challenge excepted!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
SunnyDay Scoot is a fully immersive, one-of-a-kind guided adventure offering personalized sightseeing tours & rides in super fun two seat scootercars! You get to experience the thrill of driving in LA sitting side by side in cute mini convertibles.
Tours and Adventure Rides are perfect for families, friends, groups, and couples. We even have private Romance Packages that can be customized for your special someone.
Whether you are headed to LA on vacation, or have visitors or clients coming into town, these scootercars are the best way to see the area. From celebrating birthdays to anniversaries, first dates to bachelorette parties, a new exciting day out with friends, or team building activities and company events; SunnyDay Scoot is your answer for fun things to do in LA!
When you are scooting with us you are not just a face in a crowd. We don’t cart bus-loads of people around giving carbon copy speeches or outdated jokes. Bring your cameras because our guides will be more than happy to be your personal photographer. At Sunnyday Scoot, we want to see you smile!
Not only do we pride our company on showing people the world from a slightly different perspective, but also allow you to experience driving (what can become an old habit) in a completely new and exciting way!
Here’s what people are saying about their SunnyDay Scoot experience:
“We had a smile on our faces from start to finish.” James – TripAdvisor
“This is a BLAST! Unique, Fun, and Exceedingly Memorable!” Andrew A. – Yelp
“Best thing we did while visiting California!” redsoxnationer – TripAdvisor
“This is a tour that you can come back and do many times over, it is literally that fun.” Nathan W. – Yelp
We are open 7 days a week starting every morning with our Sunrise Tour. Gift cards are also always available to give your loved ones, friends, and staff. An amazing experience they will enjoy and remember for a lifetime.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
We chose Los Angeles to start our business because not only is it a great place to vacation, but it’s also an amazing place to live!! Coming from the east coast, we love that LA offers a combination of great weather, diverse and creative people, and natural beauty as we are surrounded by stunning coastal beaches and towering mountains.
In our case, Sunnyday Scoot is an outdoor adventure activity company. Therefore, being in an area where we can operate outside daily all year long was an important deciding factor. LA is known for having a health conscious and active culture. It is home to many adventurous people and locals are always looking for new ways to explore this great city. There is also a thriving travel and tourism industry here. Overall our business is a great fit for the area.
We are loving every day of scooting around and having fun adventures with visitors and locals alike as we grow our business and build our brand.
Sunny Day Scoot is featured in the LA Times as a new activity giving people new perspectives and showing them hidden gems!
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.