Water Slide Patents (Class 472/117)
  • Patent number: 9498689
    Abstract: A play swing system includes a safety harness attached to each seat, as well as other features for interactive and competitive throwing and tossing games. The safety harness may incorporates various games features, and thus encourage use in activities that require at least one free hand, or otherwise increase the risk of slippage and falling from the play swing seat. Various embodiments accommodate as well as challenge the spatial perception, dexterity and reflexes of players of different ages. For examples, younger players might compete by throwing objects at a fixed target mounted on the ground. In other embodiments, the target is moving in synchronization with the oscillatory motion of the adjacent players swing by a physical coupling or attachment. Interactive play is encouraged at the higher skill levels by configuring the targets associated with adjacent seats to face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Mark W Publicover, Jacob M Publicover, Rachel C Publicover
  • Patent number: 9463390
    Abstract: A water or other amusement attraction that includes an inflatable portion or material. A cavity of the attraction is located underneath an upper surface, the upper surface configured to support a flow of water and at least one rider thereon. A volume of water is configured to be disposed within the cavity, the upper surface floating upon the volume of water while connected to at least one side wall, floor, and/or nozzle structure. A pump and nozzle assembly, positioned outside of the cavity, communicates with the water within the cavity for flowing a portion of the water over the upper surface. A drainage portion, adjacent to the upper surface, drains the flowing water back into the cavity for recirculation. Support components, such as a plurality of beams or an inflatable grid structure help maintain stability for the attraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: FlowriderSurf, Ltd.
    Inventor: Oriol Vicente
  • Patent number: 9446275
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for purging water in a waterpark reservoir by inducing a siphon and several examples of an apparatus to achieve this result. The apparatus disclosed herein provides an emptying mechanism which may have no moving parts or valves between the inlet and the outlet and yet delivers a short term large volume dump or purge of water to patrons in an impact area of a patron region of a waterpark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Avalanche Waterslides, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Michael Stone, Michael Stephen Stone
  • Patent number: 9254428
    Abstract: The present Invention provides a surfing device comprising at least one energy projecting means and at least one energy projecting structure for supporting and positioning the energy projecting means. The energy projecting structure positions the energy projecting means at one or more energy projecting positions. Energy is projected from the energy projecting means from positions to enable a person to surf at least partially solely via the projected energy. The present invention also provides a surface for a surfing device, either the device of the present Invention or another surfing device. The surface, is designed for a person to surf on either via the projected energy of the surfing device of the present Invention or by at least partially direct contact with the surface via fluid projected out of, over or upon it. The surface has an Impact absorption material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Whitewater West Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Stephen Con Kriticos
  • Patent number: 9220989
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting a rider comprising a vehicle adapted to support the rider wherein vehicle has a driven portion disposed along a bottom surface thereof and a track having a path sized to slidably receive the vehicle therein and a plurality of water jets disposed along the track along a path of travel of the driven portion. Each of the plurality of water jets is adapted to sequentially discharge a portion of water in a desired direction of travel of the vehicle therethrough when aligned with the driven portion such that the portion of water engages the driven portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Skyturtle Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Lance Craig Fisher
  • Patent number: 9199263
    Abstract: A play set with a mist device includes a mist frame unit supported through a framework of the play set. The mist frame unit has a hollow body and a flexible hose member mounted onto the framework, wherein a portion of the flexible hose member is constructed into a hose ring encircling a slide unit; a water inlet provided at a first end of the mist frame unit for connecting to a water source; and a plurality of mist producing units provided along the mist frame unit arranged for producing mist such that a preset mist surrounding area is defined within which the play set is located, therefore the mist can reach all play units of the play set, including the slide unit through the hose ring at an angle which is greater than 270°, thereby providing a cooling effect to the mist surrounding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9192866
    Abstract: A water slide for a recreational pool or other body of water, the water slide being in a spiral configuration with a runway or flume down the spiral and into the pool. The water slide also includes a fountain, which may be centrally located within the spiral slide flume, that produces an upward and outward water spray pattern with an outer envelope that may be sized to correspond to an outer diameter or given outer extent of the spiral slide flume such that the water spray from the fountain falls substantially onto the water slide runway as opposed to on the pool deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: S.R. SMITH, LLC
    Inventor: William J. Svendsen
  • Patent number: 9138653
    Abstract: A waterslide attraction capable of incorporating user skill or agility. The waterslide attraction utilizes a slide for supporting a rider, either with a ride vehicle or without. The ride vehicle may be a mat with handles that allows the rider thereon to manipulate its position or other elements while on the slide. Upon manipulating an element, a signal may be transmitted. Sensors located along the slide are configured to interact with tags having corresponding identification information, such tags either worn by the rider in accessories or embedded or coupled with the ride vehicle. When a tag is within a predetermined distance or vicinity of a sensor, one or more aspects of the waterslide attraction may be modified, such as by turning on jets of fluid or assigning score points associated with the identification information. A screen or mobile application displays various characteristics corresponding to travel performance down the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventors: Edwin Michael Gyde Heaven, Denise Weston, Rick Briggs, Hyuma Frankowski
  • Patent number: 9079111
    Abstract: A water slide feature comprising a sliding surface concave about three axes. The waterslide feature is sized and adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon on a non-predetermined path. The water slide feature has an entry sized and positioned to direct the one or more riders and/or ride vehicles along the sliding surface on a path which is at least partially upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: PROSLIDE TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Richard D. Hunter
  • Patent number: 9072978
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus comprising a flexible polymeric sheet having first and second sides and an anchoring device including a tab element, a pressure-sensitive adhesive element, and a stake element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: iZoom, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Thayer
  • Publication number: 20150141163
    Abstract: A waterslide attraction configured to display illuminated visualizations to a rider traveling thereon via one or more lights or LEDs. The waterslide attraction utilizes a slide for supporting a rider, either with a ride vehicle or without. The ride vehicle may be a mat, tube, or board with interactive elements, such as buttons, that allows the rider thereon to manipulate the interactive elements for providing rider input while on the slide. Upon manipulating an element, a signal may be transmitted, the illuminated visualizations being modified in response to such manipulations. Colors, shapes, and/or patterns may be displayed that animate or appear to shift or move in position along the waterslide. Gaming features, such as manipulating the interactive elements that corresponds to one or more displayed illumination visualizations may cause rewards or penalties, for example, based on position of the rider, as the rider travels on the slide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Aaron Mendelson, Denise Chapman Weston
  • Publication number: 20150133229
    Abstract: An interactive amusement attraction capable of sensing ride vehicle or user interaction or position. The attraction can track user performance and/or location, through use of a ride vehicle or without, and can include a slide for supporting water and a sensor connected with the slide for sensing an interactive element. The tags or interactive element may be passive (e.g., sensed by the sensor merely when within a predetermined proximity) or may require user manipulation (e.g., a button to be pressed when within a predetermined proximity of the sensor). Various lighting elements may be connected or embedded in the slide and may be controlled to illuminate with various colors. These lighting elements, such as LED light strips, can be used to indicate the presence of a sensor and/or that a sensor has been successfully or unsuccessfully interacted with.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Denise Chapman Weston, Aaron Mendelson
  • Publication number: 20150045129
    Abstract: A trapdoor mechanism and method of providing a trapdoor mechanism for initiating descent into a slide ride is disclosed. Aspects of invention are directed to an energy efficient mechanism capable of dropping slide riders into the entrance of a slide ride. The trapdoor mechanism utilizes momentum produced by the force of gravity to swing the trapdoor to an open position, to a closed position, and back to the open position. A control device may be utilized to apply force to the trapdoor during its transit between the open position and closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Whitewater West Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Daniel Pierre Brassard
  • Patent number: 8951133
    Abstract: A waterslide kaleidoscope amusement device consisting of straight or curved modules that can be used singly or connected in series and utilize two or more internal reflective surfaces and light source (s) to create an optical experience for the user. The device consists of a transparent watercourse slide tube surrounded by two or more reflective surfaces and illuminated in such a way that objects and light sources within the modules are reflected in a kaleidoscopic fashion from the visual perspective of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Thor Leach
  • Publication number: 20140357387
    Abstract: A water or other amusement attraction or ride vehicle that includes an inflatable portion or material. A coating or sheet is applied to at least a part of the inflatable portion for achieving a desired amount of friction between the inflatable portion and a sliding surface and/or a rider that makes contact therewith. More than one coating or sheet may be disposed on varying portions of the inflatable portion with greater or less frictional coefficients configured to alter rider movement. The inflatable portion inflates flat and the coating or sheet may be a flexible coating or sheet that is configured to allow for movement of the inflatable portion during use. A rider may travel from an entry area to an exit area along the sliding surface that incorporates inflatable portions. A plantroom for housing equipment, such as water pumps, may make up a portion of the entry end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Murphy
  • Patent number: 8894499
    Abstract: A ride is formed comprising a channel forming a closed loop. The channel is able to receive water. Wave forming means are provided operable to create a wave, when the channel contains water, such that the wave will progress around the channel. The wave is of sufficient size to enable aquatic pastimes to be performed on the wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen Francis Smythe
  • Patent number: 8882604
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flow divider for a sheet flow water ride having an inclined ride surface capable of dividing it into two or more sections, wherein more than one rider can then safely ride on the water ride at the same time. The water ride preferably comprises an inclined ride surface on which a sheet flow of water is propelled that substantially conforms to the contours of the ride surface. The flow divider is preferably an inflatable tube that can be extended longitudinally over the sheet flow, in substantially the same direction thereof, and float, wherein in the preferred embodiment, it is secured at its front end to the water ride and its back end is relatively free to pivot and shift from side to side, such that the momentum of the sheet flow helps to keep it oriented downstream and in the appropriate position. The air pressure in the tube is preferably adjustable to enable the divider to be inflated to the appropriate stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Surf Park Pte, Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Lochtefeld
  • Publication number: 20140329610
    Abstract: A waterslide capsule assembly is operable to fluidly communicate with a waterslide flume to contain a rider and release the rider into the flume. The waterslide capsule assembly broadly includes a capsule and a sliding access door. The capsule at least partly defines a capsule chamber to receive the rider, with the capsule presenting opposite capsule ends, a longitudinal entry opening, and an exit opening. The access door is slidably mounted relative to the capsule and slidable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: SPLASHTACULAR, INC.
    Inventor: Jarrod Cody Theilgaard
  • Publication number: 20140309049
    Abstract: A waterslide kaleidoscope amusement device consisting of straight or curved modules that can be used singly or connected in series and utilize two or more internal reflective surfaces and light source(s) to create an optical experience for the user. The device consists of a transparent watercourse slide tube surrounded by two or more reflective surfaces and illuminated in such a way that objects and light sources within the modules are reflected in a kaleidoscopic fashion from the visual perspective of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Thor Leach
  • Patent number: 8843269
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are provided for managing an interface between a machine or work vehicle and a surface that the machine/work vehicle travels on in order to provide an optimum work performance level that balances fuel efficiency and surface adversity. Fleet management and reporting capabilities pertaining to such interface management are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Noel Wayne Anderson, Larry Lee Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 8826824
    Abstract: A vehicle motion control system comprising: a sliding surface; a vehicle adapted to slide on said sliding surface; and a linear motor associated with the vehicle and the sliding surface for affecting sliding motion of the vehicle on the sliding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: HM Attractions Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D Hunter, Andreas Tanzer
  • Publication number: 20140213379
    Abstract: A water slide for a recreational pool or other body of water, the water slide being in a spiral configuration with a runway or flume down the spiral and into the pool. The water slide also includes a fountain, which may be centrally located within the spiral slide flume, that produces an upward and outward water spray pattern with an outer envelope that may be sized to correspond to an outer diameter or given outer extent of the spiral slide flume such that the water spray from the fountain falls substantially onto the water slide runway as opposed to on the pool deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: S. R. Smith, LLC
    Inventor: William J. Svendsen
  • Patent number: 8784224
    Abstract: A modular water slide apparatus integrated with a transportable unit includes a major slide structure, a minor slide structure, a plurality of water jet nozzles, a trailer, a water supply and storage tank, a water catch basin, a plurality of anchor columns, and at least one circular, spiral, or winding staircase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Brian E. Schafer
  • Publication number: 20140135136
    Abstract: A sliding plane is provided for water slides, which are used for fun in places such as tourist facilities, aqua parks and entertainment centers. The sliding plane has a conical form narrowing from top to the bottom. On the sliding plane, the entrance and exit points are provided on the narrow lower section of the lateral twisted edge and the rider can move firstly upwards and then downwards thanks to the entrance point inclined upwards as much as an angle ? relative to the ground axis, and s/he can slide with different speeds in different directions during the sliding on the sliding surfaces having different diameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: POLIN SU PARKLARI VE HAVUZ SISTEMLERI ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventor: Baris Cetin ALTINDAG
  • Publication number: 20140135137
    Abstract: A waterslide attraction capable of incorporating user skill or agility. The waterslide attraction utilizes a slide for supporting a rider, either with a ride vehicle or without. The ride vehicle may be a mat with handles that allows the rider thereon to manipulate its position or other elements while on the slide. Upon manipulating an element, a signal may be transmitted. Sensors located along the slide are configured to interact with tags having corresponding identification information, such tags either worn by the rider in accessories or embedded or coupled with the ride vehicle. When a tag is within a predetermined distance or vicinity of a sensor, one or more aspects of the waterslide attraction may be modified, such as by turning on jets of fluid or assigning score points associated with the identification information. A screen or mobile application displays various characteristics corresponding to travel performance down the slide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Edwin Michael Gyde Heaven, Denise Weston, Rick Briggs, Hyuma Frankowski
  • Patent number: 8721465
    Abstract: A water dispensing device comprises a container mounted to rotate about an axis. The container is adapted to receive and accumulate quantities of water. The container is pivotal mounted to rotate about the axis such that when the container accumulates more than a predetermined quantity of water, the container is adapted to rotate at least one rotation about the axis to dispense a quantity of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Proslide Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Rick Hunter
  • Patent number: 8702525
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an interactive ride, such as a flume within a flume. In one embodiment, a water ride can include a first flume ride and a second flume ride. The first flume ride can include a first middle section, while the second flume ride can include a second flume section. The second flume ride can pass through the first flume ride by having the second middle section pass through the first middle section. Thus, the second middle section can be located within the first middle section. The first middle section and the second middle section can form a pass-through section. The second flume ride can be partially supported by the first flume ride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Whitewater West Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Bruce R. Bradley, Timothy B. Kwasnicki, Daniel P. Brassard, Hyuma Frankowski
  • Patent number: 8690697
    Abstract: A slide feature is adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon. The slide feature includes a sliding surface having an entry end and an exit end. The sliding surface comprising at least a lower portion of a sideways tilted funnel shape wherein a radius of the sliding surface tapers from the entry end to the exit end. A lowermost surface of the sliding surface is horizontal or slightly inclined from horizontal descending from the entry end to the exit end. The sliding surface comprising side walls each extending upward from the lowermost surface about a longitudinal axis which would be defined by the complete sideways tilted funnel shape through an angle of more than 90°. The entry end is substantially larger in diameter than the exit end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Proslide Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8684855
    Abstract: Present embodiments are directed to systems and methods for providing an articulated waterslide. An articulate waterslide is capable of being maneuvered during operation to change flow paths of the waterslide. Specifically, an embodiment includes a waterslide with a chute configured to facilitate water flow along the chute and configured to transport a patron, an adjustable joint positioned along the chute, and an actuator configured to manipulate the adjustable joint such that a flow path of the chute is changeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Ross Alan Osterman, Justin Michael Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8651970
    Abstract: A playground slide has a pair of side rails, including a left side rail and a right side rail, and the pair of side rails is parallel to each other. A slide sheet has a slide sheet top surface, and the slide sheet top surface has a slide sheet left edge. The slide sheet top surface has a slide sheet right edge, and the slight sheet left edge is mounted to a bottom surface of the left side rail. The slide sheet right edge is mounted to a bottom surface of the right side rail. A pair of support rails, namely a left support rail and a right support rail, supports the slight sheet. The pair of support rails is parallel to each other, and the pair of support rails is mounted to a bottom surface of the slide sheet between the pair of side rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Samuel Chen
  • Patent number: 8641543
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable water ride having a trailer with a water catch basin built therein, wherein at least two pivoting supports are provided which can be deployed to an expanded position and stowed to a vertical position. When the supports are deployed, a flexible ride surface can be stretched between said supports to form an inclined ride surface upon which a sheet flow of water from a nozzle housing can be provided upon which water skimming maneuvers can be performed. A walkway on either side of the ride surface, as well as an entrance platform at the top of the ride surface, and other grated platforms, railings, etc., can also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas J. Lochtefeld
  • Patent number: 8608581
    Abstract: A slide feature is adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon. The slide feature includes a sliding surface having an entry end and an exit end. The sliding surface comprising a wall defined by a portion of a side of a funnel shape, tilted sideways, the wall comprising a top and a bottom. The bottom of the wall comprising a lowermost surface of the sliding surface and is horizontal or descending from the entry end to the exit end. The top of the wall curves upward from the lowermost surface past an angle of 90 degrees to the horizontal. A radius of curvature of the sliding surface tapers from the entry end to the exit end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Proslide Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8579715
    Abstract: Leisure and amusement slide elements and systems are disclosed. In one embodiment, a waterslide includes a bowl having a curved sidewall, two or more rider entrances for enabling riders to slide into the bowl and to circuit at least a portion of the bowl, and a receptacle for forming a pool of water to receive a rider exiting the bowl. A nozzle is provided for directing a jet of water to bias a rider towards an edge of the pool. Another slide apparatus includes a bowl having upper and lower ends and first and second entrances distinct from one another and spaced apart from the bowl lower end. The first and second entrances are configured to bias all users of the first and second entrances to travel about at least a portion of the bowl in a common direction, whether clockwise or counter-clockwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Splashtacular, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip John Olive, David John Cuttell
  • Patent number: 8550926
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improvement in the construction of water ride surfaces and comprises at least one layer of soft permeable material built into the padded substrate of a structurally supported ride surface. The permeable material connects to a drainage system and is preferably sandwiched between a slick skin upper waterproof membrane, and a supporting substrate beneath it. The advantage to this improvement is when water leaks through the waterproof membrane, the permeable material prevents water from building up inside the padded substrate, and allows the water to be drained out, rather than blistering and bubbling up under the waterproof membrane, thereby helping to preserve the integrity and longevity of the ride surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas J. Lochtefeld
  • Publication number: 20130237333
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a waterslide comprising an upstream flume segment having a first cross-section, the upstream flume segment defining a first slide path, and a downstream flume segment having a second cross-section different than the first cross-section, the downstream flume segment defining a second slide path. The waterslide further comprises an angled transition linking the upstream flume segment to the downstream flume segment, wherein the angled transition defines a discontinuity between the upstream and downstream flume segments, thereby defining an inflection between the first and second slide paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Pierre Brassard
  • Publication number: 20130203513
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus comprising a flexible polymeric sheet having first and second sides and an anchoring device including a tab element, a pressure-sensitive adhesive element, and a stake element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: IZOOM, LLC
    Inventor: IZOOM, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130184087
    Abstract: A waterslide is provided that is mainly used for the purpose of entertainment and sports and that offers a more than one lane sliding path to enable racing. The riding experience is through a vehicle such as a raft, tube or boat, which takes the rider in various directions in line with its route and enables the rider to experience a back and forth swing movement while ensuring a safe sliding experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: POLIN SU PARKLARI VE HAVUZ SISTEMLERI ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventor: Ugur Degirmenci
  • Patent number: 8475288
    Abstract: A snow and water sliding carrier for amusement center has a body having a general shape of a torus having a central opening, a floor member that closes the central opening, and has an opposite side defining a bottom member, such that the floor member is concave and the bottom member is convex. The bottom member extends beyond the floor member and is co-joined with the outside wall, and includes a plurality of threaded receptacles adapted to receive respective threaded nipples, wherein each threaded nipple is adapted to be threaded into a respective receptacle in varying amounts, such that a predetermined rotation of the sliding carrier is induced and controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventors: Nicolas Raymond, Mercier Raymond
  • Patent number: 8430760
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a waterslide comprising an upstream flume segment having a first cross-section, the upstream flume segment defining a first slide path, and a downstream flume segment having a second cross-section different than the first cross-section, the downstream flume segment defining a second slide path. The waterslide further comprises an angled transition linking the upstream flume segment to the downstream flume segment, wherein the angled transition defines a discontinuity between the upstream and downstream flume segments, thereby defining an inflection between the first and second slide paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Whitewater West Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Daniel Pierre Brassard
  • Patent number: 8419557
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a waterslide that may include a flexible slide portion and an anchor portion. The anchor portion may secure the slide portion to a surface and may include a tab element, a stake element, and an adhesive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: iZoom, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Thayer
  • Patent number: 8382602
    Abstract: An enclosed slide including a number of elongate sections, each section extending between first and second ends thereof, the sections being fastened together in abutting end-to-end relations respectively in a predetermined configuration in which selected pairs of the sections are positioned end-to-end in preselected positions. Each section has a body defining at least a part of a slide bed, and one or more flanges extending outwardly from the body. The flanges positioned at each abutting end of the sections in each selected pair are a pair of flanges positionable adjacent to each other. The enclosed slide also includes a number of clamp rings adapted for securing the adjacent flanges to each other respectively, and a number of fasteners at least partially positionable in flange holes and in the clamp ring holes upon alignment thereof, to at least partially fasten the clamp rings to the adjacent flanges at least partially therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Frederick Rieber
  • Patent number: 8375864
    Abstract: A floating omnimover ride with high capacity throughput and enhanced control over speeds of passenger boats. The ride includes a water containment structure with spaced apart sidewalls defining an elongated guide channel that defines a loop-shaped ride path or circuit. The ride includes a volume of liquid contained in the guide channel to a desired depth. The ride also includes a chain of passenger boats floating in the liquid contained in the guide channel. Each of the boats is linked to the two adjacent boats with a connecting link such that the chain of boats is a continuous loop. The chain of boats has a length that is approximately equal to a length of the ride path, and during operation of the ride, the boats in the chain are moved along the loop-shaped ride path at a predefined rate by a pump station moving the liquid in the guide channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • Patent number: 8360894
    Abstract: An annular-shaped waterslide bowl for use as an element of a waterslide apparatus serves to slow a rider down and bring him or her to a stop at the end of the waterslide ride. The bowl has a bowl wall with a rider entry port through which a rider slides from a flume into the bowl. The bottom wall of the bowl has an opening at its center and a low circumferential wall around the opening extends upwardly from the bottom wall. The rider comes to a stop in the bowl and can step over the circumferential wall into the opening. A staircase or slide located within the opening provides means for the rider to exit the bowl. The waterslide bowl provides a compact structure for slowing and stopping the rider and is particularly suitable for waterslide installations having limited space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Marvin R. Hlynka
  • Patent number: 8360895
    Abstract: A water slide is provided to for recreation and amusement. The water slide includes a plastic strip of sliding sheet material forming a sliding surface. The sheet material is configured so that a central curved region is positioned between an elongated entry and an elongated exit regions. The sliding surface has an inner and an outer periphery. A curved and outwardly extending banked obstacle region is positioned in the central curved region. The obstacle region includes a bottom wall, at least one outer load bearing side wall, and a top wall. The top wall is also of sliding sheet material and is contiguous with the sliding surface. The banked obstacle region forms a valley for interconnection with the elongated entry and exit regions. The bottom wall, side wall, and top walls further define at least one hollow inner chamber. A load supporting medium is contained in the hollow inner chamber so that the obstacle region bears a sliding load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Jana Brown
  • Publication number: 20120277011
    Abstract: A water slide feature comprising a sliding surface concave about three axes. The waterslide feature is sized and adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon on a non-predetermined path. The water slide feature has an entry sized and positioned to direct the one or more riders and/or ride vehicles along the sliding surface on a path which is at least partially upward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: PROSLIDE TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Richard D. Hunter
  • Publication number: 20120258812
    Abstract: Present embodiments are directed to systems and methods for providing an articulated waterslide. An articulate waterslide is capable of being maneuvered during operation to change flow paths of the waterslide. Specifically, an embodiment includes a waterslide with a chute configured to facilitate water flow along the chute and configured to transport a patron, an adjustable joint positioned along the chute, and an actuator configured to manipulate the adjustable joint such that a flow path of the chute is changeable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Ross Alan Osterman, Justin Michael Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8262494
    Abstract: A slide feature is adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon. The slide feature includes a sliding surface having an entry end and an exit end. The sliding surface comprising at least a lower portion of a sideways tilted funnel shape wherein a radius of the sliding surface tapers from the entry end to the exit end. A lowermost surface of the sliding surface is horizontal or slightly inclined from horizontal descending from the entry end to the exit end. The sliding surface comprising side walls each extending upward from the lowermost surface about a longitudinal axis which would be defined by the complete sideways tilted funnel shape through an angle of more than 90°. The entry end is substantially larger in diameter than the exit end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Proslide Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D Hunter
  • Patent number: 8251832
    Abstract: A water transportation system and method are described, generally related to water amusement attractions and rides. Further, the disclosure generally relates to water-powered rides and to a system and method in which participants may be actively involved in a water attraction. This transportation system may include a plurality of covers forming a covering system over at least a portion of the water transportation and/or amusement system. In some embodiments, at least one of the covers may be positionable. In addition, the water transportation system may include conveyor belt systems and water locks configured to convey participants from a first source of water to a second source of water which may or may not be at a different elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Water Ride Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Wayne Henry, John Timothy Schooley
  • Publication number: 20120190465
    Abstract: A slide feature is adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon. The slide feature includes a sliding surface having an entry end and an exit end. The sliding surface comprising a wall defined by a portion of a side of a funnel shape, tilted sideways, the wall comprising a top and a bottom. The bottom of the wall comprising a lowermost surface of the sliding surface and is horizontal or descending from the entry end to the exit end. The top of the wall curves upward from the lowermost surface past an angle of 90 degrees to the horizontal. A radius of curvature of the sliding surface tapers from the entry end to the exit end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: PROSLIDE TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Richard D. HUNTER
  • Patent number: 8226492
    Abstract: A slide feature is adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon. The slide feature includes a sliding surface having an entry end and an exit end. The sliding surface comprising a wall defined by a portion of a side of a funnel shape, tilted sideways, the wall comprising a top and a bottom. The bottom of the wall comprising a lowermost surface of the sliding surface and is horizontal or descending from the entry end to the exit end. The top of the wall curves upward from the lowermost surface past an angle of 90 degrees to the horizontal. A radius of curvature of the sliding surface tapers from the entry end to the exit end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Proslide Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Hunter