Disney has filed a patent for a new ride technology that suggests a swinging Spider-Man attraction may be in the works.
The patent is called “Track-based Swing Ride with Long Arm Pendulum” and the description makes it easy to believe that Disney has plans to create a Spider-Man attraction using this new ride system:
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.
Another interesting aspect of the patent is that it seems the ride would be able to control the motion and speed of the swing, making it more realistic. Hypothetically, the swing could slow at the top of a roll to simulate the pause before swinging.
The ride system has a four-person bench with shoulder harnesses.
The ride would include a variety of small and large swings as it moves along the track, as you can see below.
Not only does this ride system seem ideal for a Spider-Man attraction, but Disney mentions it in the above patent. It also mentions a Tarzan swinging attraction, although it would be hard to imagine Disney is working on a Tarzan attraction at the moment.
If Disney is planning on using this patent to create a Spider-Man ride, it would be safe to assume it’s going in Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Walt Disney Studios Paris, where we know Disney is planing on expanded the presence of Marvel-based attractions. Disney confirmed that a Spider-Man attractions of some kind will be built in DCA.
Source: Orlando Business Journal