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    Resurgence of the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Style by Imagineering?

    The original Fantasyland "dark ride" attractions were of the "swinging door" design when it came to show elements. There is no better example than the classic Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, where plywood cut-outs would swing out of the way of the ride vehicle when triggered by track switches. While this type of ride design is still fun, it has become very dated.

    Fast forward to 2009, when the Imagineers receive a patent for a ride system that uses magnetic levitation and superconductors (along with show elements on their own track system) that takes the "swinging door" design to an unbelievable level.

    Check out these drawings from the patent application. Could a rebirth (at WDW) or re-imagining (at DLR) of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride be in the future?
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    Re: Resurgence of the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Style by Imagineering?

    Rather than a refurbishing of an older - yet wonderful ride - I'd rather see this technology used for a brand new attraction. You can never have too many dark rides.

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    Re: Resurgence of the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Style by Imagineering?

    I'd imagine this is what they're doing with Mystic Manor at Hong Kong, which is supposedly trackless as well - cursed items moving around and vehicle avoiding them with a integrated musical element (a lot made of Danny Elfman scoring the attraction.)

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    Re: Resurgence of the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Style by Imagineering?

    I thank you for sharing but for the life of me, I have NO idea what I'm looking at in that diagram or how it's supposed to work. Maybe it's something promising? Maybe it's some sadistic trap by that Jigsaw guy from Saw? I can't tell.
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    Re: Resurgence of the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Style by Imagineering?

    Quote Originally Posted by fifthrider View Post
    Maybe it's some sadistic trap by that Jigsaw guy from Saw? I can't tell.
    I LOL'd on that! Hahahaha

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