Universal City Studios LLC has submitted a patent for a new flume ride system, which could end up as a Jurassic-themed attraction.
The document published today, titled “System and Methods for Kinetic Rotation of a Ride Vehicle,” references a flume-type attraction where guests would come into contact with obstacles along the waterway. The application describes a series of guidance machines to keep the free-floating boat on course.
Most notable is the obstacle used in one of the patent’s images: a large dinosaur.
This is just an example obstacle of course; Universal is not obligated to include one in any final designs utilizing this system, and could theme it to fit any one of their intellectual properties. It could give a hint at where this design may end up though. Universal has applied for patents referencing dinosaurs and possible Jurassic World attractions on numerous occasions in recent history.
Jurassic Park – The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood has closed to make way for an updated Jurassic World ride coming in 2019. While this application is probably a bit too late to apply to the Hollywood update, Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando has their own version of the boat ride — Jurassic Park River Adventure — which could wind up with a remodel centered around Jurassic World.
Of course, this design could wind up as a new attraction at an existing park, the rumored new park in Orlando, or even Universal’s water park, Volcano Bay.
Another document published today also references water-based attractions. Although “Variable Vehicle Ride Switch” simply describes a platform that can be used to change a vehicles pathway, the patent images once again use a boat-based water ride for reference.
As must always be noted, the existence of an application does not guarantee a patent’s approval, and the existence of an approved patent does not guarantee a technology’s applications. Universal could be mulling over the idea of modifying an existing ride, looking to build a new one, or coming up with attraction ideas for a much larger plan. Only time will tell.