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Title: US6007338: Roller coaster simulator
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: DiNunzio, Joseph P.; Sierra Madre, CA
Morris, Thomas K.; Topanga, CA
Elliott, Steven A.; Madison, WI
Garlington, Joseph O.; LaCrescenta, CA
Fernandez, Raul S.; Beverly Hills, CA
Bryan, Susan M.; Los Angeles, CA
Rice, Kevin R.; Pasadena, CA
Redmann, William G.; Oak Park, CA
Salter, Kenneth D.; Glendale, CA

Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc., DE
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Published / Filed: 1999-12-28 / 1997-11-17

Application Number: US1997000971308

IPC Code: Advanced: A63G 31/16; G09B 9/02; A63G 7/00;
IPC-7: A63G 31/00;

ECLA Code: A63G31/16; G09B9/02; K63G7/00;

U.S. Class: Current: 434/055; 345/672; 434/029; 434/307.R; 434/365; 463/031; 472/043; 472/059; 715/203; 715/204;
Original: 434/055; 434/029; 434/307.R; 434/365; 472/043; 472/059; 345/302; 345/121; 463/031;

Field of Search: 434/029,30,34,35,37,38,40,43,45,55,58,59,62,69,118,307 R,308,365,372 472/002,17,43,47,59,60,64,132,135 482/001-9,900-903 463/002,31,34,40,46 104/053,85,154 348/015,121,124,578 345/302,473,121,326,328,145,161,163,167,173,425,949,952,971,978

Priority Number:
1997-11-17  US1997000971308

Abstract:     A realistic roller coaster simulator is disclosed having one or more passenger seats equipped with a safety harness and mounted for 360 degree rotational movement along at least two axes for simulating the motion of a roller coaster. A controller is provided for controlling and coordinating the motion of the simulator with a simulation controller which generates to the passenger synchronized audio and visual effects which would be experienced by a passenger on a roller coaster of a predetermined design. Linked to the simulator is a design station where a passenger can design his or her own roller coaster. Upon entering the simulator station, the passenger's design can be accessed from memory and selected for simulation on the simulator vehicle. Upon initiation of the simulation, the passenger can experience in real time the visual, motive, audible and other effects (such as wind, heat, cold, water, etc.) of the simulated roller coaster ride which the passenger has designed.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Medlen & Carroll, LLP ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Cheng, Joe H.;

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What is claimed is:     1. A roller coaster simulator comprising:
  • a design station which can be used by a plurality of guests to design a simulated roller coaster, said design station linked to a computer shared by other similar design stations having access to pre-determined landscape images and roller coaster segments which can be selected by a guest, data representing the three dimensional size and shape of each landscape image and roller coaster segment, and predetermined rules for determining if a first roller coaster segment can be placed at a selected position on said landscape image to start a roller coaster design and if subsequent roller coaster segments selected by the guest can be joined to a free end of a placed roller coaster segment at a selected position on said landscape image as the guest designs a roller coaster, said design station including means for associating guest identification data with each roller coaster design created on said design station;
  • storage means shared by a plurality of design stations for storing and accessing data related to each roller coaster design completed by said guest at the design station;
  • a simulator vehicle for simulating the motion of a roller coaster, and including a passenger compartment, at least one passenger seat mounted in said passenger compartment, a safety harness for securing said guest in said passenger seat, and a means for moving said passenger compartment to simulate the motion of a roller coaster;
  • a means for creating a moving picture of a virtual ride of a selected roller coaster design stored in said storage means from the perspective of said guest when seated in said passenger seat, said means for creating a moving picture mounted outside said simulator vehicle;
  • a projector mounted in said simulator vehicle for displaying said moving picture to a passenger, said projector connected to said means for creating a moving picture by a cable; and
  • a first controller means for accessing said data stored in said storage means and for using said data to control and synchronize the motion of the passenger compartment with the moving picture to create a realistic simulation of said selected roller coaster design.


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Other Abstract Info: DERABS G1999-443826

Other References:
  • The Walt Disney Company, "Coaster: Thrill Seeker's Guide." © Disney, printed in the U.S.A., 1995.


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