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Title: US5613443: Amusement ride for traveling down a water chute with reduced splash
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Ariga, Moriaki; Yokohama, Japan
Ojima, Reiichi; Hachiohji, Japan
Kawauchi, Yoshihiro; Tokyo, Japan
Kobayashi, Toshihiro; Fujisawa, Japan

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, DE
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Published / Filed: 1997-03-25 / 1995-06-27

Application Number: US1995000290889

IPC Code: Advanced: A63G 7/00; A63G 21/18;
Core: A63G 21/00; more...
IPC-7: A63G 21/00;

ECLA Code: A63G7/00;

U.S. Class: Current: 104/070; 104/072; 472/117; 472/129;
Original: 104/070; 104/072; 472/117; 472/129;

Field of Search: 104/053,59,70,72,73,86,69 472/117,13,128,129

Priority Number:
1992-09-02  JP1992000234983

Abstract:     An amusement ride includes a vehicle traveling down a chute through a region of water. The vehicle is shaped to minimize splashing and to allow water to flow away from the vehicle. The vehicle flanks are curved to deflect splashing water down and away from the vehicle, and the vehicle bow has upper flanks to deflect water down and away from the vehicle. The vehicle bottom has a concave channel to accommodate water displaced by the vehicle. The vehicle has sets of wheels for traveling, for guiding lateral motion, and for interlocking with floating prevention mechanism. A groove along each side of the vehicle accommodates a splash prevention member on the water chute.

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

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Le, Mark T.;

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First Claim:
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We claim:     1. An amusement ride of the type in which passengers are transported down a vertically inclined chute having side walls, to pass through a region of the chute containing water, intended to prevent splashing of the passengers, the amusement ride comprising:
  • rail assemblies extending along said chute; and
  • a vehicle shaped to fit within the chute in spatial relation to the side walls and the rail assemblies to travel along the chute in a forward direction while maintaining such spacing, said vehicle comprising:
    • means for contacting the rail assemblies to guide said vehicle for motion in a forward direction longitudinally along the chute without flotation as it passes through the water filled region;
    • a watertight upwardly open interior region for accommodating the passengers;
    • a forward end and a rearward end;
    • a bottom configured to define a centered concave channel extending longitudinally substantially between said forward end and said rearward end of said vehicle, for accommodating the passage of water; and
    • side surfaces extending longitudinally rearwardly of said vehicle in spaced relation from and facing toward the side walls of the chute,
  • said side surfaces being curved upwardly and outwardly away from said interior region to deflect water displaced by the passing of the vehicle through the water away from the interior region to avoid splashing the passengers.

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PCT Number: PCT/US93/06628    WO9405389

PCT Pub./Filed Dates: 1994-03-17 / 1993-07-14

§ 371 / 102(e) Dates: 1995-06-27 / 1995-06-27

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 3pp US754698  1904-03 Reed   AMUSEMENT APPARATUS.
Get PDF - 6pp US1463137  1923-07 Makepeace   Roller coaster
Get PDF - 5pp US4392434  1983-07 Durwald et al.  Mannesmann Demag AG Turbulent waterway
Get PDF - 7pp US4516943  1985-05 Spieldiener et al.   Amusement ride raft
Foreign References:
Publication Date IPC Code Assignee   Title
Buy PDF AT0009969 1902-06  B21D 51/26 METAL BOX P.L.C. BEHAELTER. 
Buy PDF FR0325125 1903-04  A63G 21/18 MANN EDWARD Perfectionnements aux appareils dits "chutes d'eau" ou "montagnes russes nautiques" 

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G94-100912

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