Disney files patent for "haptic floor system" intended to shake up guests

Posted Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:32 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Walt Disney World could be shaking things up, according to a patent filed by its parent company with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in October. The new invention would create momentary earthquakes under the feet of park guests, whenever a character stomped or pounded on the ground.

Read more from Orlando Weekly.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:32 PM

Wiley the Giant meet and greet confirmed!

cool piece of technology but what character are they trying to simulate? (I doubt its Wiley)

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:59 PM

The article shows someone pounding with Hulk hands. It also mentions the ground simply shaking as a larger character walks by.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:39 PM

It's funny that they mention the elevator floor in the Gringots queue, because it bothers me to no end that the walls are not connected to the floor. If you're in an elevator that's shaking, the floor would not move independently of the walls!

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:11 PM

Its Harry Potter, right? Spells, wizards, magic wands, flying brooms, etc. With all that elevator walls have to behave right?

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Friday, February 14, 2020 12:03 AM

When there's nothing particularly exotic about the elevator, yes.

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Friday, February 14, 2020 11:44 AM

It's the little things that can dispel the magic of a themed experience.

At first the attention to detail is so awe-inspiring...it's just all...

And then something like the walls not behaving just sticks inside your head and it's all...

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Saturday, February 15, 2020 8:30 AM

An elevator with walls that move independently of the floor sounds exotic to me.

Assuming elevators in the HP can't or don't operate that way (and I have no idea as I know next to nothing about the HP world though I am a fan of the HP lands), presumably designers know this. They would look at the costs of making it right and how many people will notice its not right (and of those who notice, how many will care) and balance those two factors (as the costs goes up and the number who care goes down, less likely it will be done 'right").

I look at the HP lands and see a whole ton of shart that can't happen. Not going to draw arbitrary lines within it all. With no scientific data at all, I suspect that the numbers of people who don't give a shart about the non-right elevator outnumber those who are bothered to no end by a ton.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:34 AM

I don't even know how to respond to any of that. 😳

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Saturday, February 15, 2020 1:06 PM

Touchdown said:

cool piece of technology but what character are they trying to simulate? (I doubt its Wiley)

"I'm gonna wreck it!"

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Saturday, February 15, 2020 8:07 PM

That’s what he said

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Sunday, February 16, 2020 12:29 AM

Disney bought and patented the technology so Universal couldn’t use it for Jurassic World.

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Monday, February 17, 2020 8:43 AM

I think it would really work well in the "interrogation" scene at Rise of the Resistance.

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Monday, February 17, 2020 4:42 PM

ShaneDenmark said:

Disney bought and patented the technology so Universal couldn’t use it for Jurassic World.

Disney bought and patented it just to close it.

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