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    Raytheon to Bring Robotic Arm Ride Simulator to Innoventions at Epcot - Orlando Attractions Magazine Blog

    A robotic arm motion simulator ride called "The Sum Of All Thrills" is coming to EPCOT's Innoventions. Finally, the exhibit building is going to offer an actual ride. Maricles never cease!

    The ride will be sponsored by Raytheon, and is manufactured by Kuka Robot Group. Looks like guests will ride inside an enclosed cabin, and is projected to open toward the end of this year. Think Disney Quest Cyberspace Mountain.



    Apr 16, 2009 Author: Ricky

    As revealed to Disney cast members via their online web portal called the Hub, Walt Disney Imagineering is working with Raytheon to develop a new motion simulator attraction for Innoventions at Epcot.
    The attraction is called “The Sum of All Thrills” and will allow guests to design a roller coaster, jet plane, or bobsled ride using real-life physics and engineering and then ride it within a robot arm-based simulator.
    The exhibit is being described as feeling “like a high-tech laboratory” and is said to try to emphasize to guests “that math can be cool.”
    In customizing the ride as part of the experience, guests will use a multi-touch surface table which can sense human interactions and objects placed upon it. Similar technology is currently being used inside the House of Innoventions at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
    http://www.kuka-entertainment.com/NR...coaster_01.jpg Once the ride is customized it can be ridden by guests in a simulator on the end of a KUKA robotic arm, created by German-based KUKA Roboter GmbH. The robot arm is similar to the one currently being used to control the menacing angler fish in Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo and Friends attraction, though it is the first time a robotic ar is being used as the ride system in a Disney theme park.

    It is expected that the Disney version of this ride will be a fully enclosed simulator, similar to Cyber Space Mountain in DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney, but with many more possible degrees of movement as a result of being attached to the KUKA arm.
    The new Innoventions exhibit is scheduled to open in late 2009."
    Last edited by Ride Warrior; 04-19-2009, 11:11 AM. Reason: hotlinked photo removed and article shortened
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    Re: First Disney Robocoster Type Ride Coming To EPCOT

    Sounds cool!

    But still... forget Innoventions, and send it DisneyQuest. They haven't had anything new in years, and this technology is perfect for the bill. It seems Disney has given up on the place.

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      These robotic arms are a funny thing. We have this kind of attraction over here in Germany (Legoland Guenzburg) and it's themed with the "Bionicals".

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        I want to say that's cool. But it's a wonder where there going to build it?
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          There goes the rumor that Universal had all rights to use those in the theme parks from now on due to the big Potter E-ticket

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            Originally posted by Peabody View Post
            There goes the rumor that Universal had all rights to use those in the theme parks from now on due to the big Potter E-ticket
            Screamscape is posting the same, but I'm pretty sure that this didn't have to do with ALL of Kuka technology, only a certain one. I dont have specifics on that though.

            According to the rumors Disney was upset because they wanted the same exact technology for an upcoming attraction (possibly themed to the Incredibles).
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              The KUKA also has a starring role as the angler fish in Epcot's Nemo ride.

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                So...this thing just shakes and spins you around in all sorts of crazy directions?


                Also, will this thing have the same incredible downtime the angler fish has?

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                  Re: First Disney Robocoster Type Ride Coming To EPCOT

                  Originally posted by Reiana View Post
                  These robotic arms are a funny thing. We have this kind of attraction over here in Germany (Legoland Guenzburg) and it's themed with the "Bionicals".
                  Legoland has a bionical arm ride, too.

                  Originally posted by Hayley B View Post
                  I want to say that's cool. But it's a wonder where there going to build it?
                  Where there's a will there's a way ..always where Disney is concerned. it will be interesting to see where they place the ride in the Innoventions building.

                  Originally posted by Peabody View Post
                  There goes the rumor that Universal had all rights to use those in the theme parks from now on due to the big Potter E-ticket
                  People start up rumors about everyting under the sun ..and always will. Be descerning about the hearsay. Sometimes it's true ..but a very large part of the time, not.
                  Last edited by Ride Warrior; 04-18-2009, 04:18 PM.
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                    Re: First Disney Robocoster Type Ride Coming To EPCOT

                    Originally posted by ChrisFL View Post
                    Screamscape is posting the same, but I'm pretty sure that this didn't have to do with ALL of Kuka technology, only a certain one. I dont have specifics on that though.

                    According to the rumors Disney was upset because they wanted the same exact technology for an upcoming attraction (possibly themed to the Incredibles).
                    Disney will modify the Kuka ride system in order to make it a unique interactive environment.

                    There has been talk for some time about a humongous robocoaster based e-ticket darkride themed to the Incredibles. The ride is said to have been being considered for DCA's wharf area. Recently, rumor has it that the San Francisco district will be moved to this area. Perhaps the ride will still end up somewhere at DCA.

                    Originally posted by MarkTwain View Post
                    The KUKA also has a starring role as the angler fish in Epcot's Nemo ride.
                    Definitely plan to see the robotic angler fish in the future. Sounds way cool!

                    Originally posted by Pizzapants View Post
                    So...this thing just shakes and spins you around in all sorts of crazy directions?


                    Also, will this thing have the same incredible downtime the angler fish has?
                    Perhaps two rides with like or similar systems are faulty (in terms of downtime), I would think this would prod them to fix the snags.
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                      Re: First Disney Robocoster Type Ride Coming To EPCOT

                      Originally posted by MarkTwain View Post
                      Sounds cool!

                      But still... forget Innoventions, and send it DisneyQuest. They haven't had anything new in years, and this technology is perfect for the bill. It seems Disney has given up on the place.
                      DisneyQuest is such a refreshing/wonderful concept as the world's first high-tech indoor theme park. Ideally. I would like to see Disney merge the ideas of DQ and Innoventions - about 2/3rds indoor rides and 1/3 interactive exhibits with edutainment value,

                      In other words, disney should change the name of Innoventions to DisneyQuest, merge the two together, and not charge for it ..beyond regular admission to the park. Both attractions would do far better if Disney is smart.

                      I am so excited that innoventions is getting two great new attractions - "The Sum Of All Thrills" robocoaster and the Coming New EPCOT Attraction: The Great Piggy Bank Adventure .
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                        Fat Disney guests will not fit.

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                        • #13
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                          How will they fit a coaster into Innoventions? "Sum of Thrills" doesn't sound like a Disney ride. Is it just going to be unthemed kuka arm, like they already have at Legoland? And like others have wondered...what about that Universal exclusivity deal? I never thought that was just a rumor. Whatever the case...even if this news is true (I for one am not convinced, but happy to proven wrong)...the Potter ride interests me much more than this.
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                            Re: First Disney Robocoster Type Ride Coming To EPCOT

                            Originally posted by Bryce05 View Post
                            Fat Disney guests will not fit.
                            Perhaps they will be motivated to slim down.
                            Last edited by Ride Warrior; 04-18-2009, 06:23 PM.
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                            • #15
                              Re: First Disney Robocoster Type Ride Coming To EPCOT

                              Ohhhhh! AAhhhhhh!

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