This Magic Kingdom original attraction was inspired by the 1951 Disney adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland.” I’d much rather ride in a teacup than a ‘passenger carrying amusement device’
The 7 Dwarf’s Mine Train officially opened on May 28, 2014 and was manufactured by Vekoma Rides Manufacturing- the same company that designed Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Expedition Everest and Goofy’s Barnstormer. This patent was assigned to Disney Enterprises and filed in June 2010.
Behind the US Military, the Walt Disney Company is the second largest user of explosives due to the numerous fireworks shows that take place nightly. This patent was filed by numerous Imagineer's in Jan 1992 and has to do with the exploded firework particles to be rapidly burned and consumed to form lightweight, inert flakes that fall harmlessly to the ground.
"Do not pull down on the safety bar please; I will lower it for you." Your Ghost Host announces these word as you board the famous Doom Buggies at The Haunted Mansion. This patent was filed by famed Imagineer Roger E. Broggie and Bert W. Brundage on Apr. 26, 1968 and assigned to Wed Enterprises Inc.
Luckily patent applications don’t post home addresses of the inventors because I know a few people that would like to take out their frustration on David Canora and Scott Wrench. These individuals helped create the ‘Self-Service Beverage and Snack Dispensing Using Identity-Based Access Control Device’ or the ever so hated RFID resort mug dispensing system that controls how much soda an individual can drink. This patent was assigned to Disney Enterprises in November 2008.
Opening on October 1, 1971 and sponsored by Goodyear, the Speedway has seen some name changes, sponsorship changes and track shortenings. The gas powered cars top out at 7 mph were originally patented by Imagineer Bob Gurr while he worked for WED Enterprises. Check out the patent here.
Did you know that the flickering candle effect that helps create the mood at such attractions as The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean was actually invented by Disney? Check it out here.