New Disney Patent Hints at a Potential Moana Ride

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Potential Moana Ride

Hey Disney Vacationers! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sail across the vast ocean with Moana, experiencing adventures beyond the horizon? Well, Disney might just be turning that dream into a reality. The entertainment giant has recently filed a patent for a revolutionary water flume ride system that could be used for a new potential Moana ride. Let’s plunge into the details of this thrilling development.

Revolutionizing Water Rides: Disney’s Innovative Patent

Disney’s new patent unveils a next-generation water flume ride system, introducing a 2-dimensional guiding system. This innovative technology allows a water-propelled boat to change points of view, moving beyond the traditional forward-locked perspective commonly seen in current water flume rides. Imagine sailing in a boat that can pivot and face dynamic show scenes on either side without changing the direction of travel—this is what Disney is aiming to achieve.

This appears to be an advancement on the ride system used at Shanghai Disneyland version of Pirates of the Caribbean. While the ride system on Pirates of the Caribbean use magnets to turn the boat, this new system looks to use mechanical pieces to make the turns. It could be assumed moving to a mechanical mechanism would increase the reliability of an attraction.

Potential Moana Ride

Traditional vs. Next-Gen Systems

Traditionally, water flume rides like Tiana’s Bayou Adventure feature a fixed view, where the boat aligns with the direction of travel. This setup limits the dynamism of show scenes, as guests often need to turn their heads to catch the action happening on the sides.

In contrast, Disney’s proposed system employs a square guiding bogie located at the bottom of the raft. This bogie can pivot the boat using underwater elements, enhancing the ride experience by allowing tighter turns and more thrilling effects. This means you could be facing forward one moment and then find yourself looking at an exciting scene to your side the next, all without missing a beat.

Moana’s Canoe Comes to Life

Interestingly, the patent includes a design for a single-hull outrigger canoe, strikingly similar to the one Moana uses in her cinematic adventures. This design choice not only adds authenticity but also enhances the thematic storytelling of the ride.

Where Might This Magic Happen?

Rumors are swirling about a possible Moana water ride at Magic Kingdom, possibly as part of the Beyond Big Thunder Mountain expansion or an expansion in Adventureland. There’s even talk of a new expansion pad adjacent to Adventureland, right behind the Jungle Cruise. The scope of this project could range from a single attraction to an entire Moana-themed land, although Disney has yet to confirm any plans.

A Broader Vision

This potential Moana ride is just a piece of Disney’s ambitious plan to invest heavily in its theme parks. With an eye-watering $17 billion earmarked for developments at Walt Disney World alone over the next decade, Disney is set to enhance guest experiences significantly.

A New Chapter in Theme Park Innovation

Disney’s patent for a new water ride system marks a significant step forward in theme park technology. With its implementation in a potential Moana ride, Disney continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.This new ride system not only promises to revolutionize how we experience water rides but also deepens our immersion into the stories we love, turning a simple boat ride into a dynamic journey through the rich tapestry of Disney narratives. As we await official confirmation, the excitement and speculation will undoubtedly continue to build. So, keep your eyes peeled and your oars ready for what could be the next big adventure at Disney parks!

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