New Disney Patent hints at a Spider-man style ride with swinging motions
Disney filed a patent this week that hints at what a possibly future “Spider-Man” style ride could be. The patent called Track-based Swing Ride with Long Arm Pendulum appears to be a design for a swinging pendulum ride system attached to a track.
Here is how the ride is described in the patent:
“One goal in designing the ride system was to deliver an experience similar to what it would feel like to be with Tarzan or a similar character swinging between trees of a jungle on a vine or with Spider-Man or a similar character swinging on webs between buildings as you move down streets of a city. [The ride is] intended to have swinging sensation provided while also having forward travel along a ride path in a direction of travel and for the swinging sensation to feel thrilling and fun.”
In the patent riders would ride on a 4 person bench and the swinging of the ride vehicle would be able to be controlled.
As it is well known, Disney does not have the rights to Marvel use in their parks east of the Mississippi due to the agreement between Universal and Marvel back when Islands of Adventure was created. Granted, it’s is only the comic book versions and for certain families of characters, which includes Spider-Man. Walt Disney World is getting a Guardians of the Galaxy ride, but Guardians does not fall within the parameters of the agreement between Universal and Marvel as none of the Guardians characters appear in Marvel Superhero Island at Islands of Adventure.
Could this be for a future Spider-Man ride at the Disneyland Resort? In particular the rumored Marvel expansion at Disney California Adventure, that began with the overhaul of Tower of Terror to Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout? We will have to wait and see if anything comes out of this interesting new patent.