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Old 03-04-2013, 04:48 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by TheRustyScupper View Post
1) When I consulted at Arrow Dynamics, they were working on this. *
2) When they went bankrupt, S&S bought them.
3) I wonder if they dropped the idea, or Disney bought it?

* Arrow Dynamics designed and built coasters. I worked on coasters
for Cedar Point, Knotts Berry Farm and Six Flags. In fact, Arrow built the
DLR Matterhorn ride
That is awesome. AD was a key player in making DL a success. Did you know Karl Bacon or Ed Morgan?

AD worked with Walt and ride designers like Bob Gurr to help develop rides like Mad Tea Party, King Arthur Carrousel, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Snow White's Scary Adventure, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Autopia, Alice in Wonderland, Matterhorn Bobsleds, It's a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Adventure Thru Inner Space, Haunted Mansion, and more. I know that you know all this but I just have to say it on the board in case anyone else doesn't because if you don't know the DL-AD history, it is awesome and you have to read the book "Roller Coasters, Flumes and Flying Saucers."

It's interesting that AD was briefly working on this ride technology. It seems like this patent application that Disney has filed for is not that unique.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:55 PM   #17
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The first 'flying' coasters worked on this premise.. you sat in the seat, then the whole seat lowered backwards and locked in place. The track was under your back and when you got to the top of the lift hill, the cars flipped over and you rode facing the ground.

A few still operate like that, but most switched to lifting the seat up to the track now.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:01 AM   #18
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It seemed to me as more of a load and unload fix by getting the harnesses out of the way while people enter and exit.mthink how difficult it is for bigger people to get into and out of Rock'n.

I can see it now as a manually controlled actuator haha think of the airlines "we ask that you please return your seat to its upright position."

On a serious note space would really benefit in a reclined position. I fear for my skull at times and hope to exit the ride with both hands.
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