ORLANDO, PA. – Central Florida theme parks are always looking for new and exciting ways to attract tourists and attract crowds. FOX 35 News has learned that Universal Orlando has filed a patent for new technology that appears to give people on the rides more control over the ride while riding the attraction.
The document, titled “Systems and Methods for a Multidegree of Freedom Ride Vehicle,” describes how the technology might work. The patent states, “Other amusement park rides may include a combination of rides and interactive rides. It is now recognized that improved ride systems and interactive systems are needed to provide better and more immersive experiences.”
Using this new technology, the patent describes how passengers in a passenger car can use the controls inside the car to raise or lower the car, point it in different directions, and even increase or decrease its speed. The patent authors say that this could be very interesting for people who travel multiple times, because they can see different things and take a different route, every time.
While the technology sounds exciting, park experts say these patents often take years to implement in parks. Sometimes, the technology described in such patents is also rarely seen in theme parks and sometimes not used at all.