Hey Thrill Seekers,
Disney have recently submitted a patent for a new roller coaster car design and it is verrrrrrry interesting.
This new patent is rumoured to be specifically for the cars that are going to feature in the new Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster coming to EPCOT. Bob Chapek, Disney parks and resorts chairman, has said in the past that the GOTG coaster will have a ‘revolutionary ride system’ and the patent shows a system that is just that! It shows a design that will allow the cars to rotate on an axis throughout the ride sequence. This means that vehicles on gravity based rides can change position during the experience.
For example; if used on the upcoming GOTG coaster, riders would switch from facing left to right to follow with the natural direction of the track or to enable them to see props and displays better.
You may be thinking ‘i’ve been on plenty of rides in Orlando where the ride car swivels’ but if you think about it, the technology is always used on slow rides. This is due to an issue with charging the ride cars as they require a power source during to power the rotations. The patent shows charging docks in the loading area, throughout the track in a few places and at the unloading area. The docks will likely be added to the typical bus bar system that most rides have for charging.
Why is this exciting? Well a coaster that will change the riders visual direction as it travels over the track at high speed would actually be a great addition to the Disney parks and they can then use it for future coasters, as well as add them to existing rides to update or change them which would not only be cheaper but would mean rides are out of use for a shorter period of time. This goes to show that Disney have a focus on creating attractions that can be updated and changed without having to completely change the basic structure.
The patent is called “Roller Coaster with Passenger Compartment Motion Powered Through Stored Onboard Energy,” I have copied some images of the patent below:
But I do have to admit something here, i posted back in December about this coaster and said i thought it would be a motorcycle style, suspended family coaster or even a boomerang coaster but in my defence i did also say ‘it looks as though it will be a launch coaster experience and there has recently been some rumours that it would be a Mack Spinning Coaster. (like Cobras Curse at Busch Gardens which is a Mack ride)’ I think i managed to cover all bases there 😉
As we always say, submitted patents do not mean that they are even approved let alone being put into practise but we thought it was a pretty interesting one to look into, especially if it is being used for GOTG which we are MEGA excited about!
Hey Thrill Seekers,
Hooray for all you sweet addicts like myself. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the sweetest too! This is one of my favourite times to visit the parks just so I can have some of their festive season sweet treats.
Orlando theme parks have some pretty amazing chefs and bakers who have been working overtime to bring you their best Christmas treats, and the result is mouthwatering!
Here’s just a few mouthwatering treats I know of and where to find them. If you’re lucky enough to be there over the Christmas period make sure you go try them, your taste buds will most certainly be satisfied.
Holiday Cake Pops at Goofy’s Candy Company – Goofy’s Candy Company in Downtown Disney is always a great place to grab something sweet. Guests can indulge in one of our favourite treats in Disney: cake pops. These mini bites of cake are decorated with either a Santa Mickey hat or as a bright blue snowflake. You can’t go wrong with a cake pop so whichever you choose your sweet tooth will be impressed.
Gingerbread Cupcakes at Hollywood Studios – Not every one is a fan of gingerbread but when decorated with traditional red and green sprinkles and a Mickey Mouse hat what is not to like. Trust me, your taste buds will smile as they are taken over by gingerbread and cream cheese icing. Mmm Yummy!
Candy Cane Fudge at SeaWorld Orlando – This I must say is one of the prettiest desserts I have ever come across, it’s that pretty you almost don’t want to eat it…..BUT do! This treat has a soft gooey centre like fudge with a hard, crunchy peppermint top.
If it’s all too much for your tummy’s you can always try out the only drink on our festive treat list.
Dutch Chocolate Grasshopper at Epcot – The Dutch Chocolate Grasshopper at Epcot is a rich chocolate ice cream drink with a splash of peppermint schnapps and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes. It’s both refreshing and mouthwatering.
It is safe to say the parks do not and will not disappoint with their Christmas treats.
Sweet Smiles Included
Hey Thrill Seekers,
One of the cutest things we see at Disney is when kids meet their favourite characters for a cuddle and a photo. So its great to note that Epcot Character Spot, located in the heart of Future World, is being expanded to give you an opportunity to meet even more of your Disney friends.
What can you expect?
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy are on hand in their cartoon clubhouse of the future, happy to take a break from creating their latest innovation to make new friends or welcome back old pals.
Across the way, you can also step into a makeshift robotics workshop and spend time with Baymax, everyone’s favourite personal healthcare companion from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6.”
And beginning next month, Epcot Character Spot will provide direct access to Headquarters, where you can meet Joy and Sadness, two of the Emotions who help guide Riley through life in the Disney• Pixar film “Inside Out.”
On the way to Headquarters, you’ll journey through Riley’s long-term memory, catching a glimpse of her Islands of Personality before joining Joy and Sadness at the console.
Epcot Character Spot is definitely shaping up to be a prime location for creating unforgettable memories with classic Disney characters.