Celebrity Patents: Walt Disney – Disney World Takes a 360° Turn
By Libby Jones, Staff Writer
This famous Walt Disney Patent was granted on Dec 28, 1999.
With over seven million U.S. patents granted to this date, you should not be surprised to find out that the entertainment innovator, Walt Disney, has quite a few patents himself. With the help of the Imagineers at Disney World, different kinds of entertainment has been patented over the past 60 years, including the famous Teacups ride, a Mickey Mouse shaped fireworks display, and even a talking water fountain.
Although there are plenty of patents to talk about, on today’s date in the year 1999, Disney was granted a patent (U.S. 6007338) for a roller coaster simulator.
According to the patent, two passengers would sit in the device, which is “equipped with a safety harness and mounted for 360 degree rotational movement along at least two axes for simulating the motion of a roller coaster.”
This roller coaster simulator is no regular simulator either. Inside the device is a control panel, “where a passenger can design his or her own roller coaster. Upon initiation of the simulation, the passenger can experience in real time the visual, motive, audible and other effects (such as wind, heat, cold, water, etc.) of the simulated roller coaster ride which the passenger has designed.”
From the figures above, you can see how the machine would move on the two axes. However, it seems as though this would not be a roller coaster for the beginner.
Here’s a peek at how the simulator works on CyberSpace Mountain at Disney Quest:
Would you be brave enough to take a ride in a roller coaster simulator that twists and turns 360 degrees?
December 28, 2010
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