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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Chroniq » Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:02 pm

Just posting this for any engineers in the TPR world that might be able to provide speculation or insight into what these patents mean and could be used for.

Here's two new Disney Parks related patents recently that I haven't found posted anywhere else yet...

The first is for an Amusement Park Ride System (motion driven on a track) that can be positioned in 360 degrees. Both veritcally and horizontally..
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20120137920.pdf
The second is a projection system that appears to be able to project images in corellation with physical objects (the smiles on the faces of the Cars in the new ride?)
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20120154695.pdf
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby ahecht » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:23 pm

The second patent sounds like the scene mapping projections they put into Snow White at Disneyland. Not to mention the Magic, Memories, and You projection shows.

I wouldn't read too much into what Disney (or any company, for that matter) patents. Most patents never get used, and many are for concepts that have never been tested and may not even work. There are patents for time machines and perpetual motion.

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Chroniq » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:39 pm

I'm well aware .. I've been following Apple patents for years. If all of the patents had come to fruition, I'd have a phone that could project a holographic image of me in real time while I typed on my virtual 3D projected multi touch keyboard . That being said,Disney isn't a company that seems to invest in lots of R&D just for the sake of patents and IP content. Usually they patent things they actually plan on using (if not now, in the future). :)


Good call on the second patent, though I that the Samsung and NuFormer (possibly lg) created all of that cool 3D mapping projection stuff and Disney was just using their tech. Maybe this patent is about Disney advancing the tech?
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:44 pm

^It should be noted that Disney has a Research and Development wing that (I believe) operates in what is almost a stand alone division. They seek patents for technologies many of which don't end up in the parks (and other applications) for many years to come. I know they were working on some kind of tactile feedback system not too long ago that was rumored to come to the parks eventually.

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Moose » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:59 am

That first one looks intersting, sort of like a 4D coaster in the horizontal direction. I wonder if they are thinking of something in particular.
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:38 pm

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/06/chef-of-be-our-guest-restaurant-in-new-fantasyland-shares-his-favorites-from-the-menu/

Braised pork for lunch and a grilled strip steak for dinner – Chef Michael Deardorff had a hard time choosing, but says those are two of his favorites from the new menu for Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

Guests can start making reservations in late August (we’ll let you know the exact date as soon as we can), with the restaurant to be open for the holidays.

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Chef Deardorff has been at the helm in Disney kitchens for 25 years, most recently as part of the opening of the restaurants at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’i. Now he’s back to open Be Our Guest, inspired by “Beauty and the Beast,” with three dining rooms and seats for over 500 guests.

“Lunch is quick service, but not traditional counter service,” says Deardorff. Guest-activated terminals make ordering a snap (there also will be traditional cashiers for cash orders and special dietary requests). You order, take a seat and lunch is delivered to your table – on china, not paper.

Back to the menu. “It’s all about simple, fresh ingredients,” says Deardorff. “Just like your favorite quick-service restaurants across Magic Kingdom Park, you’ll be able to enjoy sandwiches and salads at Be Our Guest Restaurant for lunch, but all with a twist that transports you to the French setting of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’”

There’s a little French bistro flavor with tuna Niçoise salad and a Croque Monsieur sandwich with carved ham, Gruyere cheese, béchamel and pommes frites (a fancy term for French fries). Or go for the carved turkey on a warm baguette with Dijon mayonnaise, or the grilled steak sandwich with garlic butter spread, both with pommes frites.

Heartier fare includes braised pork that’s cooked for eight hours, and for vegetarians, there’s a loaded vegetable quiche or quinoa, shallot and chive salad.

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Dinner is table service, with diverse starters such as a charcuterie plate with cured meats and sausages, mussels steamed in white wine, French onion or potato leek soup, and a salad with champagne vinaigrette. We’re intrigued by the salad trio with three mini tastes of roasted beet, raisins and orange; green beans, tomatoes and roasted shallots; and watermelon, radish and mint.

Entrées include a thyme-scented pork rack chop with au gratin pasta, rotisserie rock hen with roasted fingerling potatoes, pan-seared salmon in leek fondue, grilled strip steak with pommes frites, sautéed shrimp and scallops with veggies in puff pastry with creamy lobster sauce, and an oven-baked ratatouille.

Oh, and dessert – we vote for the cupcakes, strawberry cream cheese or triple chocolate. If cupcakes aren’t your favorite sweet ending, there’s a chocolate cream puff and a passion fruit cream puff.

For kids 9 and under, the lunch entrées include a carved turkey sandwich, roasted pulled pork, Mickey meatloaf, seared mahi mahi, or whole-grain macaroni topped with marinara and mozzarella. For dinner, it’s grilled steak, grilled fish of the day, whole-grain macaroni or grilled chicken breast.

“We think guests will be pleasantly surprised with the menu and the value,” says Deardorff.

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:28 pm

Earlier last week I was able to stop by Magic Kingdom once again to check out the latest happenings throughout the park. New Fantasyland continues to emerge from behind construction walls as minor projects continue to spring up throughout the rest of the park. Let's take a look!
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Framework for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster continues to rise.
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Minor additions to the frame continue to outline the ride track. Gray is facade structure and brown is track supports.
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Smaller sections of framing have begun to appear on the outskirts of the ride's layout as well.
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A section that looks like the beginning of a show building has taken form.
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This section, which was the first to go vertical, has remained virtually unchanged.
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Dumbo, now open on both sides, also launched its own Fastpass earlier last week.
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It can be assumed that this slanted structure will support the eventually rolling hills of the coaster's landscaping.
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But it still has quite a ways to go until we see rolling green.
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Additional rock work on the Storybook Circus side of The Little Mermaid continues to be added.
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The Big Top Souvenirs tent is fully wrapped. Now all work to be done for this one is inside.
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It'll take a little getting used to seeing double Dumbos.
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Timothy Mouse sits atop the attraction's new main marquee, and rotates just as he did at the crown of the original single spinner.
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Work on the show building seems to be the primary concern here currently.
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This is new!
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It's like the world has been mirrored!
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Unfortunately during my visit, the interactive queue wasn't open.
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Double vision!
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Motivational!
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Really can't help but stare...
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The Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station also opened very recently.
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Coming down the track?
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Each of the train cars sports a number referencing the opening year of each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks.
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There is no way to escape the inner ring of this play area completely dry.
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Water, water everywhere... But not a drop you'd want to drink.
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The area now sports a small merchandise cart as well.
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Here you can see the other three park tributes.
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No detail left unnoticed.
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What have we here?
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Somebody stole Mickey's glove!
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Details, details!
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This reference can also be found in the Town Square Theater!
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So wet!
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Wocka! Wocka!
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Tigger's Bouncy Place has been replaced by a new Winnie the Pooh meet and greet next to the attraction.
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Work on the castle retaining walls has also picked up speed once again.
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Stone work should begin soon.
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Minor work continues in the original Fantasyland.
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Snow White's Scary Adventures has closed for good to make way for the Princess Fairytale Hall in 2013.
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According to D23, 54 items from the former attraction have been salvaged to either be repurposed or sent to the Disney Archives.
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The Philharmagic Fastpass area now hosts distribution for both The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Dumbo.
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And check out the digital screens!
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Work on the new development in the old Fantasyland Skyway building plot.
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This looks like a tower...
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Might a Tangled experience be coming to Fantasyland soon?
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby gisco » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:55 pm

Thanks Adam. Once everything is done it will be time for a trip to Florida!

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:47 am

The only somewhat jarring note is the fence around Casey Jr.--I guess they don't want wet kids climbing on him and falling off.
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:04 am

I really wasn't all that interested in the Fantasyland expansion after the official announcement, but as the attractions start to open and more construction pictures start to come in the whole project is become much more appealing. The Dueling Dumbos looks great, but I wonder why they didn't have the interactive que opened?

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