Disney Files Patent for Park Ride with Drop Swing Propulsion

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Drop Swing Propulsion

Disney Files Patent for Park Ride with Drop Swing Propulsion

A new patent Disney filed for in May 2021 was recently published. This new patent is for a park ride with drop swing propulsion. Disney files patents for new inventions every year and some of those become reality.

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According to the patent, the new invention is “a park ride for use in theme parks, amusement parks, and other settings.” The ride includes “a track defining a ride path for a passenger vehicle” that is configured “with two or four or more wheels, to roll upon and engage the track.” This new system would also have a “drop swing propulsion system that is adapted to drop a section of the track upon which the passenger vehicle is supported from a first elevation to a second elevation that is lower than the first elevation.”

This new system will drop a ride vehicle to a lower track and the force from that drop will propel the vehicle forward. The drop could be between 5 and 20 feet. This system could be used to drop a vehicle and propel it forward or “provide a concurrent change in direction”. The patent says this new invention would work well on roller coasters, water rides, and the like. It also states that the drop swing propulsion system “provides a new attraction experience never before seen in theme or amusement parks.”

Disney is always looking for new and innovative ways to surprise and entertain guests. This new system would do just that! There has been no official announcement regarding this patent or what attraction it could be used for. We’ll just have to wait and see!

What do you think about a new drop swing propulsion system for a ride?

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