Physical Illusion Patents (Class 104/85)
  • Patent number: 7685945
    Abstract: A drag strip race amusement ride runs on a straight-line track and is propelled to high rates of acceleration over the 150-foot racetrack. The vehicle cab seats nine. Each racer has an individual acceleration pedal. Located on the front windshield and on each side window is an LCD video screen. Audio sounds are also introduced into the cab during the ride. When the signal is given to begin the race, each racer hits his acceleration pedal. A central computer system synchronizes the video, audio, acceleration and deceleration so that the sensory perceptions of sight, sound and feeling of an actual drag strip race are created. A winner is determined by measuring the reaction time of each racer between the signal and the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Steven Norbury
  • Publication number: 20100062866
    Abstract: A vehicle and screen assembly is provided for theme park rides to create a ride-through screen experience. The assembly includes a vehicle for carrying passengers that includes a top or roof assembly with first and second sets of magnetic elements on an exterior surface of the top assembly, with each of the sets having a like pole oriented outward from the exterior surface. A screen assembly is included with first and second planar screen segments that are pivotably mounted adjacent to each other so as to hang or be positioned in a plane that is transverse to a track traveled by the vehicle. The screen segments include magnetic elements with exposed poles that match the outward facing pole of the corresponding sets of magnetic elements on the vehicle. The screen segments magnetically levitate away from the top assembly when the vehicle passes through the screen assembly without touching the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: GARY W. SCHNUCKLE
  • Publication number: 20020069785
    Abstract: A transporting apparatus (10) comprises a transporting plane (11) and a transporting platform which can be displaced in different directions in a largely friction-free manner on an air cushion above the transporting plane (11), the air cushion being generated by air nozzles (13) which are distributed in the transporting plane (11) and can be optionally opened and closed individually in each case by means of a valve, and through which compressed air flows out in the upward direction from beneath through the transporting plane (11), and the valves of the air nozzles (13) and the transporting platform being designed such that they interact with one another depending on the position of the transporting platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventor: Wolfgang Knapp
  • Patent number: 6354223
    Abstract: Passenger boats are mounted on an undercarriage assembly that includes rail-mounted centering wheels. The passenger boats are accelerated by linear induction drive motors mounted on a guide rail structure. Thrust is applied to the racing boats by magnetically conductive reaction plates that are attached to the undercarriage assembly and are movable through linear flux slots formed in the induction stators of the linear induction motors. The submerged guide track structure is arranged in various closed loop courses, including “Figure-Eight,” an hour-glass, serpentine and oval patterns, as well as parallel guide track structures that extend between a launch station and a return station. A dual “Figure-Eight” watercourse includes a simulated jump ramp and an underground tunnel arrangement. In the continuous loop guide structure, two or more boats are launched and separation is maintained by a safety block arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventor: Errol W. McKoy
  • Patent number: 6341564
    Abstract: An amusement ride, such as a roller coaster, installed in an amusement park and the like, is adapted to allow a vehicle to travel on a track. The amusement ride has an arrangement such that the track has different track portions, and the vehicle having a passenger car and a detachable car carrier. The vehicle is adapted to be supported on the car carrier during traveling on one of the track portions, and detached from the car carrier for traveling onto another one of the track portions. During a ride, passengers on the vehicle may be seized with fear that the vehicle is out of control, thus increasing the thrill of the ride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Oriental Sangyo Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Patent number: 6220171
    Abstract: A roller coaster includes a plurality of ride vehicles that ride along a track. Each vehicle provides seating for at least one passenger. The track is elevated off the ground and includes a variety of hills, curves, loops, rolls, drops, inversions and the like. The vehicles are totally enclosed and preferably designed to represent a space capsule. Sight line controls and a yaw mechanism are used at the load platform to prevent passengers from seeing the other ride vehicles. In addition, the track at the load platform is angled upwards to allow for easy access to the ride vehicles. Portals in the cabin are designed to control sight lines to focus the passengers' attention on show elements that are placed along the track. An on-board audio system enhances the realism of the ride experience. Adjustable restraint systems are provided in each vehicle to keep the passengers in their seats and inside the vehicle during the ride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Universal City Studios
    Inventors: Philip D. Hettema, Cecil D. Magpuri, Aidan J. Bradley, Kevin T. Parent, Edward S. Newquist
  • Patent number: 6095926
    Abstract: An amusement ride vehicle includes a vehicle chassis that rolls on caster wheels. Pinch drive wheels, driven by on-board electric motors, engage a guide rail and propel the vehicle along a rack. A motion base is positioned on top of the vehicle chassis. A yaw ring is rotatably supported on the motion base. A passenger cabin is mounted on to the yaw ring. A slip ring assembly extends from the vehicle chassis to the passenger cabin, to provide electrical power and audio signals to the passenger cabin. A yaw drive motor turns the yaw ring, allowing the passenger cabin to spin on the motion base, and to provide continuous yaw movement. The motion base provides pitch and roll movements, as well as heave, slip and surge movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Universal Studios, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Hettema, William D. Mason, Gary Goddard
  • Patent number: 5623878
    Abstract: A dynamic ride vehicle for executing a sequence of distinct motion patterns and for providing unique ride experiences in an amusement park attraction or other environment includes a movable chassis and a body having a passenger seating area. A motion apparatus, including computer controlled actuators, imparts motion to the body along a plurality of axes independent of any motion of the chassis as it moves along a path. As the vehicle travels along the path, articulation of the body and appropriate steering of the vehicle enables the vehicle to execute, in cooperation with the motion apparatus, a sequence of distinct motion patterns. Execution of the motion patterns enhances the passengers' sensation of vehicle movement that is actually taking place, as well as the sensation of a realistic moving ride vehicle experience that is actually not happening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventors: Anthony W. Baxter, David G. Fink, William G. Redmann, Jon H. Snoddy, David W. Spencer, II, Scott F. Watson
  • Patent number: 5473990
    Abstract: This disclosure provides to a ride vehicle for used in an amusement attraction. The ride vehicle mounts a structure upon a hydraulically-actuated motion base, so that the passenger holding structure may be articulated about one or more axes as the vehicle moves. Thus, this "simulator ride" carries passengers through three-dimensional scenery and articulates the passenger holding structure in synchronism with motions of the ride vehicle, the motions of moving show sets, which are external to the vehicle, sound, projection and other effects. The ride vehicle is programmably-controlled, and derives electrical power from a track mounted power bus to drive vehicle hydraulics, which drive motion base actuation, steering and vehicle velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey G. Anderson, William L. Wolf
  • Patent number: 5336132
    Abstract: A ship, in which stereoscopic imagery is displayed, can move, and the ship can swing in various directions and can vibrate. The ship moves along a guide path while the stereoscopic imagery is being viewed by inside viewers. The guide path includes a plurality of diverging guide paths midway along the guide path. The ship can freely select one of the diverging paths in accordance with the contents and running time of imagery. The ship, which has passed the diverging guide path, passes through a confluence portion and returns to the start position. Thereby, multisensation can be created, and an effective sensation atmosphere can be created on the basis of visual and other senses, with a small space for installation and low costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Inventor: Kanji Murakami
  • Patent number: 4896610
    Abstract: Fluid cushion equipment comprising a floor having valves supplied by a matrix of fluid supply lines and a fluid cushion platform. Positioning of the platform on or above the valves actively causes them to open to supply fluid beneath the platform which is trapped by flexible hollow tubular skirts. The platforms are driven in the described direction by one or more wheeled drives which are only in contact with the floor when thrust is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Super X Limited
    Inventor: Phillip M. R. Denne
  • Patent number: 4724771
    Abstract: An amusement ride system according to the present invention comprises a pair of rails extending at a fixed distance from each other, and a passenger car located between the rails and traveling along the rails. A plurality of wheel units are provided on either side portion of the car, along the rails. Each wheel unit includes a set of wheels, which are in rolling contact with each corresponding rail, so as to hold it between them. The middle portion of the rail pair is twisted around a central axis between the rails, thus forming at least one twist region. As the car runs past the twist region of the rails, therefore, it is rotated around the central axis, following the twist of the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Assignee: Togo Japan Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuo Yamada