Intamin Disney collaboration?

Thursday, April 10, 2008 10:56 PM

I noticed on Intamin/Ride Trade's website, there are some ride designs that look an awful lot like certain Disney rides:

Intamin's Panoramic Flight Simulator:

Very similar to Soarin', of course.

Also, Intamin's Multi Motion Dark Ride:

The vehicle looks almost identical to a Disney EMV (used on Indiana Jones Adventure).

Did Disney and Intamin work together on these, or is a it just a 'coincidence'? I couldn't find any info on it.

Last edited by Scottt, Sunday, April 28, 2013 9:45 PM
Friday, April 11, 2008 12:01 AM
Intamin ripped off the ideas.
Friday, April 11, 2008 12:15 AM
Wouldnt be the first time...
Friday, April 11, 2008 7:01 AM
The sims DO look just like the Indiana Jones one. Disney may have a lawsuit on their hands.

Then again, Intamin may have work w/ the mouse and just signed a non-disclosure or non-compete agreement that just expired.

Friday, April 11, 2008 7:31 AM
Intamin has worked with Disney in the past. California Screamin is one example. So it is possible.
Friday, April 11, 2008 7:44 AM
Despite the claim that Disney is the manufacturer of their rides, they frequently use the normal manufacturers as "subcontractors" on their rides. So you can have some pretty high Intamin content on a ride, and Disney will still claim it as theirs.

For instance the first Splash Mountain has a high OD Hopkins content. I was working at Arrow when the second was done, and we did the boats (but not the trough).

Intamin has done some motion simulators (at Terra Mitica for instance) and it would not surprise me that they were a significant contributor to some of these "Disney manufactured" rides.

Friday, April 11, 2008 8:41 AM
Unless Mark Sumner secretly works for Intamin, Soarin' was a Disney concept.

Friday, April 11, 2008 8:43 AM
This is kind of ironic because rides that are known as Intamin are usually someone else's. For example, most classic Schwarzkopf's are branded as Intamin. Same with the first gen freefalls (Demon Drop). Sold as Intamin, but technically Giovanola.
Friday, April 11, 2008 8:56 AM
Intamin ripped them off.

Soarin' over California was designed by an Imagineer and built by AMEC (according to a member here... Senshi?). The Disney version has more capacity than the one Intamin proposes.

The EMV... I rode one of the two "Intamin Multi Motion Dark Ride" at Lotte World in South Korea and its nothing like the Disney EMV! The Intamin version uses a large hotrail, like Spiderman at IOA and the movements are very brutal and not very natural. The Disney EMV uses a buried wire to provide power to the jeeps, which means that on ride... even in the front row, the illusion is perfect, as you don't see a large metal rail in the middle of the ride's path.

I just looked at the US patent website and there it is... the "Dynamic ride vehicle" patent is held by the disney company and the inventors are various Imagineers, including the father of Indy Adventure, Tony Baxter.

Out of the 3 Disney EMV... Indiana Jones Adventure at DL and Dinosaur at DAK uses hydraulic cylinders to provide the motions. Indiana Jones Adventure at TDS is of course more advance and uses electric motors that provide smooth and precise movements.

Friday, April 11, 2008 9:32 AM

Hopman said:
The sims DO look just like the Indiana Jones one. Disney may have a lawsuit on their hands.
For what? Making a ride that looks like an off-road vehicle or using a motion base? Like those things have never been done before.
Friday, April 11, 2008 11:05 AM
People have sued for less similarities. But given their work in the past, you won't see them breaking up their relationship anytime soon.

By the way, this remionds me that I need to get registered today. I just need to get a Gord Lonchar character to stir things up and I'm in biz! ;)

Friday, April 11, 2008 2:35 PM
Disney sets the standard, How many places out there try and use a "Disney Model" when training? They do BECAUSE the mouse is the best when it comes to certain things. Heck, I wouldn't mind having those pneumatic trash cans the MK has.
Friday, April 11, 2008 6:41 PM
I guess B and M ripped of Matterhorn for all their rides too eh?

Get real, it's not as if Disney will sell a Soarin' or a Indy/Dinosaur to anyone.

Friday, April 11, 2008 7:37 PM
True. Maybe somebody thought "I could have XYZ do that."
Friday, April 11, 2008 7:53 PM
It's kind of interesting. They are basically selling a "Display System" without any content...
Who's going to soar over what in Intamins ride?
They practically HAVE to team up with content generators like the Disney Corp. in order to get this "ride" sold at all....
(In contrast, a coaster is kind of "its own content").
Friday, April 11, 2008 8:00 PM
^ Intamin teamed up with Forrec and IMAX. I think that covers everything they need.
Saturday, April 12, 2008 12:58 AM
^ thanks for pointing it out, now that I've fixed my PDF reader I can see it as well. *** Edited 4/12/2008 5:01:58 AM UTC by superman***
Saturday, April 12, 2008 1:48 AM
Does anyone know if there are any installations of an Intamin Flight Simulator?
Saturday, April 12, 2008 1:59 AM

superman said:
It's kind of interesting. They are basically selling a "Display System" without any content...
Who's going to soar over what in Intamins ride?

A giant treeless parking lot, obviously!


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