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Title: US5453053: Amusement ride having spinning passenger cars
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Danta, Randall C.; Los Angeles, CA
Kilbert, Michael G.; Santa Clarita, CA
Gerstner, Jody D.; Huntington Beach, CA
Weigand, Francis K.; La Crescenta, CA
Fredrick, Ted W.; Saugus, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1995-09-26 / 1993-07-15

Application Number: US1993000092199

IPC Code: Advanced: A63G 7/00; A63G 21/08; A63G 31/16;
Core: A63G 21/00; A63G 31/00; more...
IPC-7: A63G 1/10; A63G 1/24;

ECLA Code: A63G7/00; A63G21/08; A63G31/16;

U.S. Class: Current: 472/029; 280/791; 472/036;
Original: 472/029; 472/036; 280/791;

Field of Search: 472/027,29,36,37,43,40,41 104/074,75,53,139 280/748,751,753,791 180/89.1

Priority Number:
1993-07-15  US1993000092199

Abstract: An improved amusement ride and ride vehicle that permit a passenger to control the rotation of a passenger car as the vehicle travels along a ride course. The ride vehicle includes a support tube upon which the passenger car is rotatably mounted and a passenger operable steering mechanism. The ride vehicle also includes a spin shaft that extends down through the support tube. The spin shaft permits the use of safety systems that are mounted to the chassis of the ride vehicle. Control logic may be used to turn the passenger cars to a preferred orientation at the end of the ride. The ride vehicle itself may be barbell shaped to permit it to turn sharp corners along the ride course. The passenger car also includes a readily adjustable lap bar that is self-releasing. A slot cover, a plow assembly for displacing the slot cover and a slot cover switch are also provided.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Pretty, Schroeder, Brueggemann & Clark ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Friedman, Carl D.; Nguyen, Kien T.

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Designated Country: EP JP 

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First Claim:
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We claim:     1. An amusement ride vehicle for transporting passengers along a ride course, the amusement ride vehicle comprising:
  • a chassis;
  • a tubular support shaft having a lower end and an upper end, the lower end fixedly mounted to the chassis;
  • an upper frame, including a passenger car, the upper frame rotatably mounted to the upper end of the support shaft to permit spinning of the upper frame relative to the support shaft;
  • passenger operable steering means for controlling the speed and direction of spin of the upper frame; and
  • a spin shaft fixedly mounted relative to the upper frame and extending downwardly through the inside of the support shaft.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 3pp US716285  1902-12 St. Clair   AMUSEMENT APPARATUS.
Get PDF - 8pp US717798  1903-01 Beerwald   AMUSEMENT APPARATUS.
Get PDF - 8pp US789973  1905-05 Hartung   PLEASURE-RAILWAY.
Get PDF - 13pp US811284  1906-01 Gaynor   ELECTRIC RACE-TRACK.
Get PDF - 7pp US825130  1906-07 Jurgens   AMUSEMENT APPARATUS.
Get PDF - 5pp US872253  1907-11 Riehl   AMUSEMENT APPARATUS.
Get PDF - 6pp US881637  1908-03 Van Sant   AMUSEMENT DEVICE.
Get PDF - 6pp US886627  1908-05 Neebe   AMUSEMENT DEVICE.
Get PDF - 4pp US888881  1908-05 Geores   PLEASURE-RAILWAY.
Get PDF - 5pp US922052  1909-05 Sherk   PLEASURE-RAILWAY.
Get PDF - 5pp US965768  1910-07 Van Sant   AMUSEMENT APPARATUS.
Get PDF - 4pp US1133623  1915-03 Dreifuss   AMUSEMENT APPARATUS.
Get PDF - 9pp US1399577  1921-12 Riehl   Pleasure-railway
Get PDF - 5pp US1404143  1922-01 Riehl   Car for pleasure railways
Get PDF - 4pp US1447605* 1923-03 Schafer    
Get PDF - 5pp US1597491  1926-08 Traver   Car for amusement rides
Get PDF - 10pp US2196093* 1940-04 Bartlett    
Get PDF - 6pp US3082699* 1963-03 Schmitz    
Get PDF - 18pp US3218027  1965-11 Richardson et al.   Hydraulic valve control
Get PDF - 4pp US3393010  1968-07 Steinberg   Safety bar
Get PDF - 6pp US3554538  1971-01 Fullmer   VEHICLE WITH FREELY ROTATING SAUCER
Get PDF - 8pp US3603583  1971-09 Bartlett  Bartlett; Marjorie PASSENGER PARTICIPATION AMUSEMENT RIDE
Get PDF - 9pp US3791308  1974-02 Hartz   MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM
Get PDF - 11pp US4246848  1981-01 Schneider   Ski lift with swivel chair
Get PDF - 15pp US4347791  1982-09 Mandros   Vehicle guideway system
Get PDF - 8pp US4440091  1984-04 Burgess   Guideway control apparatus
Get PDF - 14pp US4507993  1985-04 Silverman et al.  The Warner & Swasey Company Machine tool with two speed turret indexing
Get PDF - 14pp US4823705  1989-04 Fukuda   Golf cart system with embedded rail having inclined surfaces
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Foreign References:
Publication Date IPC Code Assignee   Title
Buy PDF FR0840120 1937-04  A63G 7/00   Véhicule pour attractions foraines 

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G95-067176

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