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    Re: Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean to be Amazing

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    - (5/21/12) Remember that last rumor about the all new version of
    Pirates of the Caribbean being planned for Shanghai Disneyland? You
    know… the one where they would use of magnetic LIMs underwater to not
    only control the speed of the boats, but give them the ability to make
    the boats move backwards as if pushed by an otherworldly force?
    Well, that rumor just took another big step towards reality this week, with the discovery of a new Disney technology patent
    filed just last year for an “Amusement Park Ride With
    Underwater-Controlled Boats”. According to the patent, the technology
    would allow for “a boat ride with precise speed and orientation
    control.” The technology gets even more interesting than I had imagined,
    as describes the boats having two independent bogies (front and back)
    that are “operable to independently propel, with linear motors, the
    front and rear bogies at the same or differing first and second
    velocities by applying a magnetic force to reaction plates on the
    bogies. The track assembly includes a joined section and a divided
    section, which includes a primary track on which the front bogie travels
    and a secondary track, spaced apart from the primary track, on which
    the rear bogie travels. The boat may be rotated to any orientation in
    the divided track section.”
    Translation: Not only can the boats
    move forward and back, but the back of the boat will be on a second
    “track”, allowing for the back to speed up faster than the front, thus
    spinning the boat AROUND. Even better… the patent exposes another
    interesting use for this technology on the 4th page where it shows the
    boat turning sideways to rotate around a central “show scene” like the
    hands on a clock. If this looks familiar, this very same concept was
    used in a few rides at Epcot, such as the original Journey Into
    Imagination dark ride (where you were introduced to Dreamfinder) and is
    still in use today at the summit of Spaceship Earth where all the cars
    rotate to view the projection on the domed ceiling.
    This
    actually ties into another common and generally assumed fact… that this
    new version of Pirates will be themed entirely to the film series and
    not themed around the concepts and scenes from the previous rides. The
    Chinese culture was not raised over the last few decades to have a
    general knowledge of what to expect from Disney’s Pirates of the
    Caribbean rides, but is aware of the new feature film series. This
    brings to light another popular rumor claiming that this new version of
    the ride may heavily favor projection based show scenes rather than rely
    on animatronics. After all, why spend the money to make a Captain Jack
    animatronic figure try to lip sync to a soundtrack when you can just
    film Johnny Depp himself performing as Captain Jack?
    While this
    new concept is not the same as the more action oriented flume ride
    version envisioned for Hong Kong Disneyland, I’m hearing that they may
    opt to keep the same iconic finale scene, which would involve an outdoor
    Splash Mountain style plunge, with the boats exiting out of the mouth
    of “Skull Rock” and plunging down through the wreckage of a doomed
    pirate ship impaled upon the rocky shoreline (standing in for the same
    visual effect as the Briar Patch on Splash Mountain.) Sounds wonderful,
    doesn’t it? Now how can we get one of these here in the US somehow?

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    Re: Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean to be Amazing

    Can't wait

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    Re: Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean to be Amazing

    It sounds great. I'm waiting for some draws or renders. I can wait to see how it will look like.



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    Re: Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean to be Amazing

    I was talking to an imagineer for it and was saying you it will be like Indy (EMV)and the boats together

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    Re: Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean to be Amazing

    So very excited to see the news releases and photos of construction. This project is going to prove to be the place where new and fun technologies will be explored!
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