Next Gen Omnimover
The omnimover system has been around for many years and has been a reliable and efficient mode of transporting guests thru many a Dinsey attraction while telling a story. Roger Brogie and Bert Brundage developed the ride system for Disney and patented it in 1968.
Some of the attractions currently using the Omnimover ride system include:
Haunted Mansion, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster, (New) The Little Mermaid, Spaceship Earth (Epcot), The Seas with Nemo & Friends (Epcot)
While the original system has been tweaked and modified a few times and used in other attractions, it remains for the most part a somewhat slow moving and sometimes low or no-thrill type of ride vehicle. My idea involves mixing the original design idea with a multi-dimensional roller coaster to create a more thrilling and fast moving attraction.
First, the ride vehicle would be on a track very similar to what it currently has, but it would have sections of the track where it ran free, without any kind of pulley or drive mechanism, thus allowing it to go faster.
Second, the vehicle would tilt forward and backward via a cam style system along the top of the track base. The vehicle itself would have a wheel that would be attached to a separate track that could be used to tilt the vehicle forward, backward and perhaps even slightly angled from side to side.
The third element of the new ride would be steep hills, or even portions of track that would take the riders upside down. I’m not a design engineer, but here is my best description of the attraction and vehicle.
Each vehicle would be attached to the track using a reverse C-shaped track going from the bottom of the vehicle and extending up to the top. Picture an omnimover doom-buggy type vehicle/shell similar to those used on Haunted Mansion or The Seas with Nemo & Friends. The attachment would essentially be a track/mechanism that would control the pitch forward or backward using a wheel attached to a separate track than the main which would be used for holding onto the vehicle. The first track would hold and propel the vehicle along a defined course. The second track would run along the inside and depending on the angle in relation to the guide track, it would tilt the vehicle forward or backward. See the illustration below for a demonstration of how it might be used.
In the above illustration, there is a vehicle moving thru a course that goes from a flat, horizontal path then moves to an incline followed by a loop under the original path then finally back to the front into a horizontal, flat pathway. While traveling thru the course, the vehicle could be tilted using the angling track so the rider’s back would be in a lying down position perpendicular to the rail. While moving down the incline the vehicle would run free from any drive mechanism allowing it to build momentum to carry it quickly thru the loop, providing a thrill for the ride. I would love to see this concept carried out in a new version of the Haunted Mansion, or perhaps the long-rumored Monsters, Inc attraction.