U.S. Patents for Other Rides

Links on the left provide access to roller coaster-related patents on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) server. This content is provided by the USPTO. Links on the right provide access via Google Patents, which may provide easier image viewing as well as serving patent pdfs. For more information, return to the patent home page.

This page contains miscellaneous ride patents in several categories, including alpine slides and some other gravity rides, vertical drop rides, bumper cars, powered rides, and rides propelled by moving floors or tracks. The patents are grouped by types. Most gravity rides are on the Roller Coaster Patent page. Water rides are on the water ride page. Lists of carousels and related rides are on the carousel page, ferris wheels are on the ferris wheel page, and other swinging or rotating rides are on the other rotating rides page. Funhouses, cable swings, and simulators are found on the other amusement devices page.

The following table contains gravity rides that are not quite roller coasters, such as alpine slides and other slides. Some water slides are listed elsewhere.

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slides and slideways... applications
powered rail rides ... applications
passenger-powered rail rides
vertical drop rides ... applications
observation towers ... applications
moving track rides
moving floor rides
bumper cars (etc.) ... applications
misc. rides ... applications

Slides and Slideways

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
365535 6/1887 Peeling Toboggan slide [roller track] 365535
387733 8/1888 Pusey Artifical toboggan or coasting hill [with rollers on trackway] 387733
471510 3/1892 Grantland Toboggan slide 471510
485495 11/1892 Fralinger Roundabout 485495
525882 9/1894 Witschold Gravity railway [helical downtrack] 525882
552692 1/1896 Moore Pleasure railway [aquatic slide] 552692
738581 9/1903 Terry & Kirten Amusement device [helical descent] 738581
803119 10/1905 Logan/ Kirker-Bender Fire Escape Amusement device [spiral slide] 803119
811315 1/1906 McCabe Amusement apparatus [slides] 811315
820805 5/1906 Mangels Amusement device [Tickler, early version with posts] 820805
830853 9/1906 F. W. Thompson Amusement apparatus [slide] 830853
831012 9/1906 Lanier Amusement device 831012
833921 10/1906 de Mantz Apparatus for public amusement 833921
836556 11/1906 Boeck & Müller Amusement device [slide] 836556
854185 5/1907 Traver Trolley amusement 854185
861919 7/1907 F. W. Thompson Amusement device [plural slide] 861919
925764 6/1909 Feiler Aerial flight chute 925764
940664 11/1909 Becker Amusement device 940664
987029 3/1911 Young Apparatus for amusement of the public [roller sleds] 987029
997071 7/1911 Mangels Mechanical toboggan slide 997071
1008518 11/1911 Bailey Amusement device [ski slide] 1008518
1123676 1/1915 Bule Wheeled attachment for sleds 1123676
1124629 1/1915 Lilienfeld Amusement apparatus [slide] 1124629
1302642 5/1919 Doughty Amusement apparatus [stair-like slideway and vehicle] 1302642
1339502 5/1920 Doughty Amusement apparatus [stair slide] 1339502
1371887 3/1921 Gass Amusement device [wheeled sled] 1371887
1417594 5/1922 Coe Toboggan and slide 1417594
1447522 3/1923 Sellner Toboggan slide 1447522
1467293 9/1923 Matheson Toboggan slide [rollers on track] 1467293
1511139 10/1924 Roziger Amusement device [slide] 1511139
1578893 3/1926 Johnson et al Toboggan slide 1578893
1594444 8/1926 Bernardy Toboggan slide 1594444
1698093 1/1929 Hargrave Slide mat 1698093
1702091 2/1929 Sellner Toboggan slide and toboggan 1702091
1847250 3/1932 Maynes Amusement ride 1847250
2705144 3/1955 Ridgway Amusement slide 2705144
2742288 4/1956 Brunel Chute for skiing or tobogganing 2742288
2779596 1/1957 Ridgway Amusement slide [with parachute] 2779596
3362755 1/1968 Macks Conveying device utilizing pressurized fluid flow [embodied as amusement slide] 3362755
D210298 2/1968 Moulton/ Super Slide Amusement slide [multi-lane] D210298
3490765 1/1970 Moulton/ Super Slide Amusement slide 3490765
3858517 1/1975 Luck et al/ Demag Recreational facility [alpine slide] 3858517
3908556 9/1975 Stuhmer Sledding system 3908556
3970300 7/1976 von Wendt et al/ Demag Recreational facility slide 3970300
3973785 8/1976 Becker et al/ Demag Sled [wheeled] 3973785
4109904 8/1978 Becker et al/ Demag Passenger slide 4109904
4145042 3/1979 Becker et al/ Demag Slide 4145042
4192499 3/1980 Groves Looped slide 4192499
4196900 4/1980 Becker et al/ Demag Slide 4196900
4201137 5/1980 Lagsdin/ American Zephyr Sled and slide construction 4201137
4220326 9/1980 Becker et al Adjustable support apparatus for segments of an amusement slide 4220326
4221170 9/1980 Koudelka Monorail mountain slide 4221170
4236454 12/1980 Erickson et al Mountain monorail slide 4236454
4246846 1/1981 Betschart Downhill sledding system 4246846
4335658 6/1982 VanderKelen/ Snow Machines Downhill slide system 4335658
4339122 7/1982 Croul Surfing slide 4339122
4394173 7/1983 Aste Sporting and recreational facility slide 4394173
4417740 11/1983 Wechsler Vehicle for coasting down in a channel-shaped roller slide 4417740
4805898 2/1989 Jacobs et al Recreational slide system and components thereof 4805898
4821647 4/1989 Powell et al Downhill tubular guideway having an air suspension system for passenger car 4821647
6413165 7/2002 Crandall & Groover Intermittenly [sic] wetted sliding amusement ride 6413165

Slide Patent Applications

application number publication date inventor/ assignee document title [comment]
2007/0072689 3/2007 Osler-Weppenaar Human free-fall slide
2013/0167748 7/2013 Wilbert Riding board and an actuating system

Dark Rides, Powered Rail Rides, Tracked Cars, etc.

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
348798 9/1886 Thompson Pleasure cable railway 348798
422466 3/1890 Thompson Pleasure railway [endless train: Serpentine Railway] 422466
461102 10/1891 Gerber Hippodrome aerial railway [externally or occupant powered] 461102
468792 2/1892 Critchlow Tower [with helical track] 468792
472211 4/1892 Fralinger Cable roundabout 472211
511910 1/1894 Schaphirt Roundabout [tracked horse race ride] 511910
525596 9/1894 Gordon & Gordon Riding, amusement, and instructing device 525596
579147 3/1897 Harman Suspension railway [utility or amusement] 579147
639692 12/1899 Woods Amusement apparatus [racing ride with blind speed controller] 639692
639787 12/1899 Stenning Railway for recreation 639787
652872 7/1900 Wishart Elevated pleasure railway [suspended, powered] 652872
655255 8/1900 Lyouns Elevated Exhibition structure [incorporating powered scenic railway] 655255
663006 12/1900 Breed Track supported sailing device [wind propelled] 663006
690215 12/1901 Wilson Recreation submarine boat or boat vehicle [cable driven] 690215
693581 2/1902 Biddle Amusing apparatus 693581
710044 9/1902 Davidson System of submarine transportation [cable driven] 710044
720838 2/1903 Needham Aerial device [wind-propelled] 720838
737190 8/1903 Wright Amusement device 737190
737257 8/1903 Manjo Electric field game [powered steeplechase] 737257
743816 11/1903 Brady/ Electric Boat Recreation submarine boat device [tracked] 743816
772570 10/1904 Martin/ Globe Amusement Moving spiral cyclorama 772570
775234 11/1904 Carr Elevator [archimedes screw lift for passenger vehicle] 775234
778325 12/1904 McKay Amusement device [dark ride] 778325
786117 3/1905 Hagen Observation train 786117
789973 5/1905 Hartung Pleasure railway [motorized racing] 789973
795347 7/1905 Fitch & Graham Cyclorama 795347
798615 8/1905 Mayhew Pleasure railway [racing, third rail] 798615
798979 9/1905 Reckweg Pleasure railway [cable drive] 798979
811284 1/1906 Gaynor/ Electric Amusement Electric race track 811284
822302 6/1906 Rice Amusement vehicle 822302
824305 6/1906 Maguire Amusement apparatus 824305
825130 7/1906 Jurgens Amusement apparatus 825130
834016 10/1906 May/ Internationa Amusement & Racing Association Amusement apparatus 834016
852184 4/1907 Hunt Pleasure railway 852184
853898 5/1907 Rice Amusement device 853898
867180 9/1907 Woods Vehicle controlling apparatus 867180
868369 10/1907 Stewart & Greer Amusement device [illusion/ride] 868369
868564 10/1907 Hübsch Mechanical animal [for railed ride] 868564
881637 3/1908 Van Sant Amusement device [cable-driven dark ride] 881637
886627 5/1908 Neebe Amusement device 886627
896944 8/1908 Skinner Amusement railroad device [twisting tunnel illusion for tracked ride] 896944
898674 9/1908 O'Donnell Amusement device 898674
900749 10/1908 Leonard Amusement device [cableway] 900749
901435 10/1908 Fuller Amusement device 901435
903208 11/1908 Leonard Amusement device [powered ride with slide portion] 903208
909500 1/1909 Woerth Amusement apparatus 909500
910702 1/1909 Marshall et al Railway and vehicular device for purposes of amusement [motorized, racing] 910702
912004 2/1909 Lehman et al Racing amusement apparatus 912004
912005 2/1909 Lehman et al Racing amusement apparatus 912005
921750 5/1909 Strauss Observation railway for parks, &c. 921750
935780 10/1909 Dahlin & Carlson Aerial railway 935780
943007 12/1909 Dahlin & Carlson Car [for amusement railway] 943007
946200 1/1910 Bragg Amusement apparatus [dark ride] 946200
952242 3/1910 Foans Merry-go-round [convoluted path on rotating platform] 952242
952886 3/1910 Dressler Amusement flying machine 952886
965768 7/1910 Van Sant Amusement apparatus 965768
972750 10/1910 Budge/ Aerial Amusement Amusement apparatus [airplane-simulating] 972750
982269 1/1911 Grunwald Amusement device [tracked airplane ride] 982269
995175 6/1911 Pongo Amusement apparatus [powered horse race ride] 995175
1000742 8/1911 McKay Pleasure railway 1000742
1007445 10/1911 Hutson Aerodrome [for training or amusement] 1007445
1018315 2/1912 Harling Mechanical amusement apparatus [racing railed roundabout] 1018315
1030024 6/1912 Smith Cable or rack controlled hydroaeroplane 1030024
1037973 9/1912 Pages Aeroplane suspension railway [utility or amusement] 1037973
1041299 10/1912 Kiralfy Amusement device 1041299
1042066 10/1912 Zsinko Single track railway 1042066
1058466 4/1913 Ray Aerial amusement apparatus [cable car airplane ride] 1058466
1062314 5/1913 Wittich Amusement device 1062314
1064681 6/1913 Cawthon & Thornton Racing amusement apparatus 1064681
1083308 1/1914 Thurston Amusement apparatus [Waltz Ride] 1083308
1086349 2/1914 Carter Amusement apparatus [rotating car] 1086349
1092740 4/1914 Muller Amusement railway 1092740
1093506 4/1914 Wade Aerial amusement apparatus [captive airplane] 1093506
1096119 5/1914 Myers/ Anglo-California Miniature Panama Canal [passenger conveying system for display] 1096119
1099951 6/1914 Thurston Amusement apparatus [improvement to 1083308] 1099951
1099952 6/1914 Thurston Amusement apparatus 1099952
1107115 8/1914 Ryan Carousel [portable; chain-driven; oval path] 1107115
1133623 3/1915 Dreifuss Amusement apparatus [rotating car] 1133623
1141431 6/1915 Steinmann Flying machine [utility or amusement] 1141431
1188116 6/1916 Tittle Scenic railway and carousel 1188116
1195707 8/1916 Miller Amusement device [racing boat ride] 1195707
1306706 6/1919 W. E. Miller/ Gliding Waltz Amusement device 1306706
1329856 2/1920 Roman Amusement device [suspended cable ride] 1329856
1336082 4/1920 Klein Amusement device 1336082
1350873 8/1920 Lombardo Amusement device [cable-driven] 1350873
1351658 8/1920 Johnson Pleasure railway [powered] 1351658
1365984 1/1921 Guild Amusement device 1365984
1367417 2/1921 Moore Amusement apparatus 1367417
1372542 3/1921 Peterson Amusement device [powered] 1372542
1379185 5/1921 Healy Amusement apparatus 1379185
1395657 11/1921 Schmidt Pleasure railway [third rail] 1395657
1397009 11/1921 Maynes Amusement apparatus [tracked ride with canopy; Rainbow Tunnel (?)] 1397009
1398514 11/1921 Healy Amusement apparatus [oval roundabout with endless chain of cars] 1398514
1413891 4/1922 Beech Traction device [with separate rail to guide elevation of suspended car] 1413891
1433135 10/1922 Hoch Amusement device 1433135
1447895 3/1923 Schafer Amusement device [powered monorail] 1447895
1455390 5/1923 Davino & Schoberle Aerial railway for amusement purposes 1455390
1462560 7/1923 Langlume et al Mechanical racing course 1462560
1474335 11/1923 Lalle & Fowler Amusement apparatus [horse racing ride] 1474335
1479753 1/1924 Stafford Amusement apparatus [racing] 1479753
1485839 3/1924 Dye Scenic railway 1485839
1487274 3/1924 Schafer Amusement device [endless train] 1487274
1491238 4/1924 Johnson Monorail amusement apparatus 1491238
1507723 9/1924 Avery Speedway 1507723
1508905 9/1924 Vaszin Amusement device [Rumpus dark ride] 1508905
1527893 2/1925 Mangels Pleasure railway 1527893
1535237 4/1925 Maynes Amusement apparatus 1535237
1546031 7/1925 Schofield Aquatic amusement device 1546031
1555028 9/1925 Roth Amusement device [third rail] 1555028
1558133 10/1925 Whiteley/ Maynes Amusement device [enclosed by dragon structure] 1558133
1571434 2/1926 Ray Amusement trackway [for standard automobile] 1571434
1590934 6/1926 Feltner Vehicle for amusement parks 1590934
1603170 10/1926 Vaszin Electric locomotive and train 1603170
1603254 10/1926 Mangels Amusement device [umbilicus for powered rail rides: Brownie Coaster] 1603254
1628827 5/1927 Custer Aerial cable transportation means 1628827
1636481 7/1927 Newsbaum & Lonn/ International Amusement Racing amusement device 1636481
1670992 5/1928 Schafer Mountain ride [powered horse ride] 1670992
1675165 6/1928 Custer Automatic starting and stopping device for motor propelled vehicles 1675165
1702136 2/1929 Sawers et al Amusement apparatus [endless train] 1702136
1712353 5/1929 Meling Amusement apparatus 1712353
1740496
=RE18544
12/1929
7/1932
Cassidy & Rempfer Amusement railway [pretzel dark ride] 1740496
RE18544
1741245 12/1929 Maynes Amusement ride 1741245
1745241 1/1930 Bartlett Amusement device 1745241
1748210 2/1930 Custer Amusement apparatus [powered] 1748210
1758123 5/1930 McFalls & Brown Miniature interurban train 1758123
1762507 6/1930 Custer Aerial amusement device [Zoomer: suspended monorail in form of airplane] 1762507
1773636 8/1930 Spillman Driving mechanism for amusement devices 1773636
1775988 9/1930 Custer Safety retaining means 1775988
1781464 11/1930 Johnson Amusement ride apparatus 1781464
1783268 12/1930 Traver Amusement ride and car therefor [powered] 1783268
1785989 12/1930 Traver Car for amusement rides 1785989
1789140 1/1931 Kahl Amusement car 1789140
1815860 7/1931 Mayberry Amusement ride 1815860
1833540 11/1931 Scott & Stoneback/ Humphrey Amusement device [dark ride] 1833540
1838227 12/1931 Kahn Truck for amusement cars [powered] 1838227
1840988 1/1932 Traver Amusement ride and vehicle therefor [motorized] 1840988
1844141 2/1932 Atwater Amusement device 1844141
1885206 11/1932 Kahl Passenger car for amusement parks 1885206
1890137 12/1932 Traver Amusement railway [powered dark ride] 1890137
1906763 5/1933 Maynes Amusement ride 1906763
1916999 7/1933 Traver Amusement ride and vehicle [Auto Race] 1916999
1940233 12/1933 Traver Amusement ride 1940233
1952273 3/1934 Mecchi Amusement apparatus 1952273
1960395 5/1934 Phillips Amusement device 1960395
2081261 5/1937 Bartlett Amusement device 2081261
2090409 8/1937 Vaszin Amusement device [Rumpus dark ride] 2090409
2093795 9/1937 Bartlett Amusement device [device for stopping powered vehicle] 2093795
2095413 10/1937 Harrison Means for arresting amusement cars 2095413
2137839 11/1938 Hanna Amusement devices 2137839
2149823 3/1939 Weeks Junior speedway 2149823
2196093 4/1940 Bartlett Amusement ride [dark ride] 2196093
2217548 10/1940 Hemmingsen Apparatus of amusement 2217548
2429768 10/1947 Pace Amusement ride [bucking horse ride] 2429768
2499470 3/1950 Duncan Amusement device [spherical vehicle] 2499470
2573589 10/1951 Mosca & Mosca Amusement ride device [truck mounted train] 2573589
2585789 2/1952 Keller & Keller Railway and rolling stock therefor 2585789
D167589 8/1952 Ruth Miniature train D167589
2685003 7/1954 Barnes & Bloss Electrical pickup and guide for amusement apparatus 2685003
D184522 3/1959 Gurr/ Disney Miniature passenger-carrying train D184522
D187036 1/1960 Coats/ Disney Amusement ride car D187036
D188475 7/1960 Gurr/ Disney Monorail train D188475
3006286 10/1961 Bacon & Morgan/ Disney Amusement vehicle apparatus [guide rail system for dark ride] 3006286
D194613 2/1963 Cirami Robot amusement ride device D194613
3082699 3/1963 Schmitz Miniature vehicle and control system therefor [rail-guided car ride] 3082699
3085516 4/1963 Cirami Walking roundabout 3085516
3120197 2/1964 Cirami Trackway and yoke arrangment 3120197
D207854 6/1967 Churchman & Gibson Multiple-car unit for an amusement monorail or the like D207854
3355580 11/1967 Wachs/ Coney Island Inc. Sky ride [decorative lighting for cars] 3355580
3377959 4/1968 Hawes Aerial cable roundabout [improvement in tensioning method] 3377959
3403633 10/1968 Schwarzkopf Amusement ride [Bayern Kurve] 3403633
D212485 10/1968 Goforth & Goforth Passenger car for amusement ride [space-capsule themed suspended car] D212485
3412690 11/1968 Broggie & Gurr/ Disney Passenger moving apparatus 3412690
3467026 9/1969 Broggie et al/ Disney Passenger carrying apparatus 3467026
3484104 12/1969 Goforth & Goforth/ Goforth Brothers Amusement ride device [Flight Thru Space, suspended (chair lift) dark ride] 3484104
D217268 4/1970 Goforth & Goforth/ Goforth Brothers Amusement ride building [suspended dark ride] D217268
3507222 4/1970 Cirami Robot ride 3507222
3530800 9/1970 Watkins/ Disney Self-energizing propulsion unit for driving a vehicle 3530800
3554130 1/1971 Broggie & Brundage/ Disney Amusement ride system [Omnimover] 3554130
3596612 8/1971 Sowder Suspended spheroidal car 3596612
3680487 8/1972 Cirami Walking robot amusement ride 3680487
D225754 1/1973 Goforth & Goforth Passenger car for amusement ride [suspended, in form of hot-air balloon] D225754
3782293 1/1974 Donohue et al/ Mini-Motor Speedways Vehicle-to-track linkage 3782293
3793962 2/1974 Sights Amusement ride 3793962
3831526 8/1974 Howells et al Viaduct for small, powered, passenger vehicles 3831526
3847084 11/1974 Fouche Device for automatically coupling and uncoupling the gondolas of a fun fair ride [for loading] 3847084
3873085 3/1975 Nakamura Spectator-stand with central display section and individually rotatable capsules movable relative to display section 3873085
3947741 3/1976 Ball & Cole/ Disney Boat guidance system 3947741
3949679 4/1976 Barber/ Venture Amusement ride [portable suspended dark ride with battery-powered ride vehicles] 3949679
3973746 8/1976 Ball/ Disney Collision avoidance system 3973746
3974778 8/1976 Black et al/ Disney Speed control system 3974778
4029019 6/1977 Watkins/ Disney Track for vehicles 4029019
4050385 9/1977 Gurr & Broggie/ Disney High capacity passenger transport apparatus [cable] 4050385
4304187 12/1981 Becker et al/ Mannesman DeMag Monorail system 4304187
4312276 1/1982 Cory et al/ Disney Turntable joining tracks with linear induction motor control 4312276
4512257 4/1985 Loisel Carousel and train for amusement parks 4512257
4561514 12/1985 Yamada/ Togo Amusement vehicle 4561514
4794865 1/1989 Lindberg/ Disney Amusement ride vehicle 4794865
4920890 5/1990 Barber Amusement ride 4920890
4991514 2/1991 Powell & Trani Electromagnetically powered drag ride attraction 4991514
5016540 5/1991 Barber Amusement ride 5016540
5114154 5/1992 Sellner Scorable shooting gallery amusement ride with simulated laser weapons at multiple stations 5114154
5115744 5/1992 Barber Extreme "G" accelerator amusement ride 5115744
5119734 6/1992 Schwarzkopf Chassis for rail-bound exhibition vehicles 5119734
5121695 6/1992 Feuz Overhead cableway 5121695
5146854 9/1992 Poulos Suspended personnel carrier with articulated front and rear portions steerable independently of track curvature and telescopic shock absorbing strut for transferring drive force 5146854
5215016 1/1993 Futami/ Koyo Engineering Rail type underwater travel vehicle 5215016
5182836 2/1993 Burkat/ Disney Pressure activated seat belt locking mechanism 5182836
5305693 4/1994 Johnson & Mesko/ Disney System and method for externally controlled spacing of self propelled vehicles along a rail 5305693
5349276 9/1994 Mezzatesta & Young/ Disney Control system for regulating motor speed 5349276
5361705 11/1994 Powell Interactive drag strip amusement ride 5361705
5382026 1/1995 Harvard & Brooker/ Hughes Aircraft Multiple participant moving vehicle shooting gallery 5382026
5398952 3/1995 Wagner & Wagner Liftable amusement ride carrier [portable ride] 5398952
5398992 3/1995 Daniels/ Disney Seat having sound system with acoustic waveguide 5398992
5421267 6/1995 Mesko/ Disney Articulated pinch drive 5421267
5443013 8/1995 Menz & Wiegand Self steering recreational apparatus for trough-shaped railways 5443013
5453053 9/1995 Danta et al/ Disney Amusement ride having spinning passenger cars 5453053
5456184 10/1995 Fritz/ Disney Lateral energy absorbing device for slot guided vehicle 5456184
5473990 12/1995 Anderson & Wolf/ Disney Ride vehicle control system 5473990
5522321 6/1996 Mosley & Mosley Dragster amusement ride with elastic cord propulsion 5522321
5527221 6/1996 Brown & Feuer/ Ride & Show Engineering Amusement ride car system with multiple axis rotation 5527221
5551347
=RE35999
9/1996
12/1998
Gutknecht/ Thrilltime Human amusement ride [Top Eliminator] 5551347
RE35999
5575218
=RE36084
11/1996
2/1999
Gutknecht Track brake apparatus with sliding shoes and wear plates for preventing excessive movement of the shoes in the direction of vehicle movement [Top Eliminator] 5575218
RE36084
5583844 12/1996 Wolf et al/ Disney Programming device and method for controlling ride vehicles in an amusement attraction 5583844
5586503 12/1996 Rehorn Passenger restraint system [for aerial chairlift] 5586503
5590605 1/1997 Salter et al/ Disney Conveying device with self steering powered caster 5590605
5595121 1/1997 Elliott/ Disney Amusement ride and self-propelled vehicle therefor 5595121
5623878 4/1997 Baxter et al/ Disney Dynamic ride vehicle 5623878
5629595 5/1997 Salter et al/ Disney Method and apparatus for an amusement ride having an interactive guided vehicle 5629595
5685778 11/1997 Sheldon et al/ Universal Ride attraction having animated figures 5685778
5794533 8/1998 Takai/ Disney Speed control apparatus for waterway traveling vehicle 5794533
5884563 3/1999 Sheldon et al/ Universal Ride attraction system for the physically disabled 5884563
5964665 10/1999 Uemura/ Sega Vehicle playing apparatus [simulation vehicle] 5964665
5967051 10/1999 Ragsdale et al/ Thrilltime Vehicle human amusement ride track with centering arrangement [Top Eliminator] 5967051
6024647 2/2000 Bennet et al/ Universal Amusement ride vehicle with motion controlled seating 6024647
6058848 5/2000 Futami & Futami/ Koyo Engineering Underwater and land travel system [rail-guided] 6058848
6060847 5/2000 Hettema et al/ Universal Interactive amusement ride 6060847
6066049 5/2000 Milanian Re-enactment of a deep-sea voyage to the bottom of the sea 6066049
6074306 6/2000 Behringer/ Universal Amusement park vehicle for the physically disabled 6074306
6095926 8/2000 Hettema et al/ Universal Amusement ride vehicle [ride/simulator] 6095926
6105507 8/2000 Jelf et al/ Universal Ride attraction vehicle bumper system 6105507
6122571 9/2000 Gerstner et al/ Disney Positive-feedback go/no-go communication system 6122571
6145442 11/2000 Lofts/ Underwater Mobile Observatories Submarine amusement ride [tracked] 6145442
6149528 11/2000 Volz et al/ Universal Amusement ride vehicle folding seat [for patron in wheelchair] 6149528
6155176 12/2000 Checketts Racing amusement ride 6155176
6220965 4/2001 Hanna et al/ Universal Amusement system [interactive ride game] 6220965
6227120 5/2001 Fritz/ Disney Simulated dragster ride 6227120
6364594 4/2002 Kagan et al/ Universal Wheelchair transfer device for use in amusement rides 6364594
6463859 10/2002 Ikezawa et al/ Namco Game machine system [target-striking riding game] 6463859
6592462 7/2003 Puch Compressed fluid propelled amusement racing vehicle capable of moving human occupant driver/rider [drag race simulator]
[application 2002/0068643]
6592462
6796908 9/2004 Weston/ Creative Kingdoms Interactive dark ride
[application 2003/0106455]
6796908
6910972 6/2005 Norbury Real-size simulated pneumatic drag strip ride
[application 2003/0140815]
6910972
7114451 10/2006 Albrich & Hinteregger/ Innova Apparatus for monitoring the locking of the safety bar of a chair in a cableway system
[application 2004/0003751]
7114451
7373888 5/2008 Namanny et al Drag race simulator 7373888
7685944 3/2010 Kilbert et al/ Disney Cable tow whip ride with inside curves
[application 2009/0266266]
7685944
7685945 3/2010 Norbury Dragstrip amusement ride
[application 2008/0257196]
7685945
7691002 4/2010 Casey et al/ Universal Amusement ride vehicle with sensory stimulation effects
[application 2008/0070709]
7691002
7784405 8/2010 Rose & Crawford/ Disney Vehicle transfer during operation of an omnimover ride
[application 2009/0269175]
7784405
7794330 9/2010 Gordon & Gordon Amusement apparatus [MegaWhirl]
[application 2009/0124401]
7794330
7806054 10/2010 Baker et al/ Disney Amusement park ride with vehicles pivoting about a common chassis to provide racing and other effects
[application 2009/0272289]
7806054
7837566 11/2010 Smith et al/ Disney Passenger restraint system [seatbelt system]
[application 2007/0082747]
7837566
7850533 12/2010 Osterman et al/ Universal Flame barrier, apparatus and method for entertaining guests
[application 2008/0146358]
7850533
7854663 12/2010 Burger/ Mack Water amusement ride [cable driven]
[application 2008/0139328]
7854663
7905790 3/2011 Schnuckle/ Disney Theme park ride with ride-through screen system
[application 2010/0062866]
7905790
7921781 4/2011 Baker et al/ Disney Amusement park ride with vehicles pivoting about a common chassis to provide racing and other effects
[application 2010/0326313]
7921781
7971537 7/2011 Verl & De-Gol Amusement ride
[application 2009/0084285]
7971537
8021236 9/2011 Bloom & Yeh/ Blammo Amusement ride system and method [ride with shooting game]
[application 2010/0248850]
8021236
8025581 9/2011 Bryan et al/ Disney Interactive interface mounting assembly for amusement and theme park rides
[application 2009/0277295]
8025581
8065963 11/2011 Groels/ K. I. G. Heerenveen Fairground attraction having people carriers driftingly movable along a track
[application 2009/0013896]
8065963
8091483 1/2012 Sumner/ Disney Amusement park ride with underwater-controlled boats 8091483
8096890 1/2012 Anderson & Tyndall Amusement ride assembly and method [cableway with free-motion component]
[application 2006/0252562]
8096890
8132513 3/2012 Crawford et al/ Disney Amusement park ride with a vehicle drive that decouples upon loss of power
[application 2011/0061558]
8132513
8137205 3/2012 Cortelyou et al/ Universal Motion-based attraction
[application 2011/0136581]
8137205
8141495 3/2012 Baker et al/ Disney Amusement park ride with vehicles pivoting about a common chassis to provide racing and other effects
[application 2011/0088584]
8141495
8147344 4/2012 Crawford & Nemeth/ Disney Amusement park ride with cable-suspended vehicles
[application 2011/0300957]
8147344
8166885 5/2012 Kitchen Suspended cable amusement ride
[application 2011/0132224]
8166885
8176853 5/2012 Nemeth & Crawford/ Disney Amusement park ride using motion-driven positioning for 360-degree vehicle orientation
[application 2011/0067594]
8176853
8179337 5/2012 Wilzbach et al/ Disney Mobile projected sets
[application 2010/0053029]
8179337
8282496 10/2012 Gordon & Gordon Amusement apparatus
[application 2011/0111870]
8282496
8371227 2/2013 Nemeth & Crawford/ Disney Omnimover ride system with crossing paths
[application 2013/0014669]
8371227
8376869 2/2013 Bloom & Yeh/ Blammo Amusement ride system and method
[application 2011/0300958]
8376869
8485104 7/2013 Nemeth & Crawford/ Disney Amusement park ride system with crossing paths
[application 2013/0118370]
8485104
8512158 8/2013 Bloom & Yeh/ Blammo Amusement ride system and method
[application 2013/0143679]
8512158
8523692 9/2013 Osterman et al/ Universal Flame barrier, apparatus and method for entertaining guests
[application 2011/0045302]
8523692
8573131 11/2013 Nemeth & Crawford/ Disney Amusement park ride using motion-driven positioning for 360-degree vehicle orientation
[application 2012/0137920]
8573131
8578857 11/2013 Crawford et al/ Disney Amusement park ride with passenger loading separated from vehicle insertion into simulators
[application 2013/0145953]
8578857
8641540 2/2014 Feuer & Sellers Inverted simulation attraction
[application 2013/0017893]
8641540
8858351 10/2014 Crawford/ Disney Operating show or ride elements in response to visual object recognition and tracking
[application 2009/0298603]
8858351
8960097 2/2015 Fritsche/ Disney Dynamic loading system for a ride vehicle
[application 2010/0078291]
9014965 4/2015 King & Long/ General Electric Virtual omnimover [ride control system with distributed (on-vehicle) processing]
[application 2009/0063036]

Powered Ride Patent Applications

application number publication date inventor/ assignee document title [comment]
2004/0266540 12/2004 Norbury Real-size simulated pneumatic drag strip ride
2006/0135271 6/2006 Casey et al/ General Electric Amusement ride vehicle with sensory stimulation effects
2006/0293110 12/2006 Mendelsohn/ Disney Amusement ride and video game [interactive ride]
2007/0093305 4/2007 Lauren et al/ General Electric High-speed, punch-through waterfall effect
2009/0234666 9/2009 Crawford et al/ Disney Method and system for providing interactivity based on sensor measurements [mentions both ride and non-ride implementations]
2010/0130296 5/2010 Ackley et al/ Disney System and method for providing an augmented reality experience
2010/0144413 6/2010 Purvis & Ackley/ Disney System and method for providing a real-time interactive surface
2010/0167828 7/2010 Zambelli & Zamperla Seat for amusement apparatus [Disk'O]
2010/0168940 7/2010 King/ Universal Position control system
2014/0277849 9/2014 Grant & Boshears/ Oceaneering International Trackless vehicle and system for synchronous control of trackless vehicle
2015/0190726 7/2015 Frolov Interactive amusement attraction
2015/0210294 7/2015 Nemeth et al/ Disney Method and system for using dynamic boundaries to manage the progression of ride vehicles that have rider control inputs
2015/0210301 7/2015 King & Long/ Universal Virtual Omnimover

Passenger-powered rail rides

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
559298 4/1896 Martin Elevated track cycle 559298
566926 9/1896 McKay & McKay Bicycle railway 566926
567486 9/1896 Mangels Bicycle railway 567486
596895 1/1898 Martin Elevated cycle railway [suspended below rail] 596895
720837 2/1903 Needham Aerial device 720837
732430 6/1903 Needham Amusement device 732430
793192 6/1905 Harrison Rocking horse 793192
1062899 5/1913 Eby Amusement device 1062899
1068353 7/1913 Mallory Swing 1068353
1079933 12/1913 Culp Swing 1079933
1112216 9/1914 Kelker Amusement device 1112216
1122238 12/1914 Green Traveling hobby horse 1122238
1137604 4/1915 Green Traveling hobby horse 1137604
1145326 7/1915 Lott Amusement device 1145326
1155381 10/1915 Sziklai Rowing craft intended for an amusement device 1155381
1693798 12/1928 Schmid Amusement device 1693798
1955667 4/1934 Blue Amusement apparatus [Hodges hand car] 1955667
D161308 12/1950 Blue & Hodges Amusement car D161308
D162092 2/1951 Sneed Child's vehicle [Hampton Hand Car] D162092
4928601 5/1990 Harder & Spector Bike monorail system 4928601

Vertical Drop Rides

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
817381 4/1906 Matson Amusement apparatus [Drop the Drops] 817381
857338 6/1907 Fitch Amusement apparatus [parachute jump ride] 857338
897121 8/1908 Matson Amusement apparatus [improvement to 817381] 897121
979681 12/1910 Mauch Fluid jet float 979681
1665981 4/1928 Ridgway Amusement apparatus [Giant Aerial Drop] 1665981
2111303 3/1938 Switlik /Strong Parachute device 2111303
2121413 6/1938 Strong Automatic releasing device [for parachute canopy] 2121413
2132908 10/1938 Strong Parachute training device 2132908
2153011 4/1939 Switlik Amusement device [parachute ride] 2153011
2158731 5/1939 Schmidt Parachute braking means 2158731
2183594 12/1939 Strong Parachute training and amusement device 2183594
2221215 11/1940 Eyerly Amusement device [vertical drop] 2221215
2229201 1/1941 Williford & Partee Amusement apparatus [elevator drop ride] 2229201
2264919 12/1941 Strong Parachute drop amusement device 2264919
2264920 12/1941 Strong Parachute drop safety device 2264920
2311171 2/1943 Hawthorne Captive parachute device 2311171
2357293 9/1944 Strong Suspension means for parachute carriers 2357293
2374627 4/1945 Strong Parachute canopy 2374627
3701528 10/1972 Ryan Method for simulating the reduction of gravity 3701528
3885503 5/1975 Barber Amusement ride [portable freefall] 3885503
5046719 9/1991 Comstock & Rodrigue Portable parachute amusement ride [Ripcord] 5046719
5417615 5/1995 Beard Air driven amusement ride 5417615
5597358 1/1997 Marcu Free fall system 5597358
5628690 5/1997 Spieldiener et al Amusement ride with at least one longitudinal guide with a passenger vehicle capable of changes in height 5628690
5632686 5/1997 Checketts Pneumatic device for accelerating and decelerating objects [Space Shot] 5632686
5704841 1/1998 Checketts Device for accelerating and decelerating objects [Turbo Drop] 5704841
5893802 4/1999 Böhme/ Huss Amusement ride system with passenger units being movable up and down 5893802
6001022 12/1999 Spieldiener et al Amusement facility 6001022
6083111 7/2000 Moser et al Method and apparatus for a tilting free-fall and accelerating amusement ride 6083111
6126550 10/2000 Moser et al Method and apparatus for a tilting free-fall amusement ride 6126550
6315674 11/2001 Slade et al/ Interactive Rides Amusement ride for vertical movement of passengers 6315674
6342017 1/2002 Kockelman/ Gravity Works Amusement ride with enhanced ride control 6342017
6592463 7/2003 Gnezdilov Sideshow attraction 6592463
8690694 4/2014 Barber Free fall amusement ride
[application 2013/0130817]
8690694

Vertical Drop Patent Applications

application number publication date inventor/ assignee document title [comment]
2014/0200087 7/2014 Vatcher et al/ Dynamic Motion Amusement park elevator drop ride system and associated methods
2015/0141161 5/2015 Alfieri & Spieldiener/ Raven Sun Creative Tower ride [synchronized with visuals]

Observation Towers

The following list contains rotating observation towers and towers incorporating railed vehicles. Towers with simple elevators are under-represented.

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
483894 10/1892 Brook Elevator [revolves during ascent] 483894
525031 8/1894 Smith Observation tower 525031
548122 10/1895 Guerra Observation tower with rotating car 548122
611682 10/1898 Engel Combined roundabout and elevator 611682
639189 12/1899 van der Cruyssen Telescopic tower 639189
657034 8/1900 Shuart Revolving ascending and descending observatory platform 657034
685620 10/1901 Limbach Observation platform 685620
703146 6/1902 McAnulty Observation tower 703146
750140 1/1904 Welsh Aerial whirling tower 750140
750717
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Snyder Rotary pleasure tower 750717
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758834 5/1904 Graydon Tower for recreation or other purposes [with helical powered transport mechanism] 758834
775235 11/1904 Carr Passenger drop 775235
799986 9/1905 Jones Pleasure wheel [observation tower] 799986
802198 10/1905 Corley Open air amusement device [rotating observation tower] 802198
813549 2/1906 Friede/ Revolving Air Ship Tower Revolving air-ship tower 813549
832800 10/1906 Mercer/ Southern Novelty & Amusement Amusement device [observation tower] 832800
840790 1/1907 Mitcheson Merry-go-round 840790
887652 5/1908 Kiralfy Device for conveying or affording amusement [observation towers] 887652
921153 5/1909 Patterson Carousel 921153
950348 2/1910 Ross & Holton Amusement device [revolving elevator] 950348
989821 4/1911 Stoetzel Pneumatic observation tower 989821
1034864 8/1912 Best & Dean Amusement apparatus [observation tower with spiral track] 1034864
1128466 2/1915 Levi & Sultzer Amusement device [observation tower] 1128466
1207914 12/1916 Hazen/ Kerr Amusement apparatus [rotating elevator] 1207914
1470935 10/1923 Rush Observation, amusement and utility tower [with spiral railway] 1470935
1533914 4/1925 Hutchins Amusement device [rotating and elevating] 1533914
1750857 3/1930 Patterson/ MacMeekin Amusement tower 1750857
1800836 4/1931 Keddy Roundabout 1800836
2102522 4/1937 Eichelgrün Lattice tower with lift for people in parks exhibitions and the like 2102522
2128492 8/1938 Mena Observation tower [with endless chain of cars on helical track] 2128492
3125189 3/1964 Graham Restaurant with rotating floor [Space Needle] 3125189
3156017 11/1964 Faerber Building with rotatable observation structure 3156017
3246431 4/1966 Faerber Building with rotatable observation structure 3246431
3633904 1/1972 Masayoshi/ Sanseiyushoki Rotary elevator observation tower 3633904
5564983 10/1996 Larson Tower ride 5564983
5957778 9/1999 Larson Tower ride 5957778
5957779 9/1999 Larson Tower 5957779
8696479 4/2014 Marks & Barfield Observation tower
[application 2008/0185224]
8696479

Observation Tower Patent Applications

application number publication date inventor/ assignee document title [comment]
2014/0174854 6/2014 Giacomoni & Gobbi/ Aerogroupe Platform assembly mobile within a cylindrical structure

Cars Freely Moving on Non-stationary Trackway

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
512326 1/1894 Richards Reversible toboggan slide [see-saw] 512326
643996 2/1900 Anderson Pleasure railway [screw] 643996
736225 8/1903 Dameron Revolving circular track 736225
740685 10/1903 Needham Amusement device [see-saw] 740685
791315 5/1905 Bragg Pleasure railway [see-saw] 791315
803473 10/1905 Dameron Pleasure railway or chute [archimedes screw] 803473
820346 5/1906 Bunnell Amusement apparatus 820346
838594 12/1906 Trust Means for elevating cars, &c. [archimedes screw] 838594
844720 2/1907 Fleming Amusement apparatus [archimedes screw] 844720
870378 11/1907 Maynes Amusement apparatus [train on tilting track] 870378
871777 11/1907 Browne amusement device [archimedes screw] 871777
897710 9/1908 Braen & Braen Amusement apparatus 897710
913243 2/1909 Sonntag Amusement apparatus [Mystic Screw] 913243
992731 5/1911 Barrie Amusement appliance [car on see-saw] 992731
1000306 8/1911 Stott Endless pleasure railway [rotating track] 1000306
1085902 2/1914 Glynn Gravity railway 1085902
1150246 8/1915 Bramkamp Roundabout 1150246
1186966 6/1916 Bramkamp Roundabout [double archimedes screw][Top coaster/Spiral Wheel] 1186966
1454273 5/1923 Fisher Amusement device [tilting track] 1454273
1517589 12/1924 Scott/ Humphrey Amusement apparatus 1517589
1546375 7/1925 Geiser Public amusement device [rocking track: Teeter Coaster] 1546375
1564952 12/1925 Fisher Rotary amusement device [rotating track] 1564952
1730265 10/1929 Bulmer Amusement device 1730265
1751096 3/1930 Morris Coasting apparatus [car on gyrating zig-zag track] 1751096
2458150 1/1949 D'Errico Roundabout [rotating track] 2458150
3635185 1/1972 Kojima/ Sanselyusoki Rotary driving amusement equipment 3635185
6862997 3/2005 Bussink Amusement device and method for using an amusement device
[application 2003/0217667]
6862997

Cars Freely Moving on Non-stationary Floor or Arena

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
331419 12/1885 Marzari Game apparatus [rotating platform] 331419
694447 3/1902 van Kannel Amusement or illusion apparatus 694447
871744 11/1907 van Kannel Amusement apparatus [improvement to 694447; Witching Waves] 871744
895951 8/1908 Bradwell Amusement device [Scrambler] 895951
923489 6/1909 Chance Amusement apparatus [tilting platform] 923489
929753 8/1909 Collis Amusement apparatus [belt-driven surfaces] 929753
937531 10/1909 Jones Driving mechanism for roundabouts 937531
942759 12/1909 Taylor Apparatus for the amusement of the public [tilting track] 942759
953724 4/1910 van Kannel Amusement apparatus with undulating floor [improved Witching Waves] 953724
999902 8/1911 Storm Floor and car for amusement purposes 999902
1272488 7/1918 Manzer Amusement device [rotating surface] 1272488
1279911 9/1918 Ridgway Amusement device [rotating saucer; Whirlpool] 1279911
1328166 1/1920 Kohler/ United Mines Amusement device (skating car) 1328166
1341219 5/1920 Ridgway Amusement apparatus [improvement to 1279911] 1341219
1341220 5/1920 Ridgway Amusement apparatus [improvement to 1279911] 1341220
1350176 8/1920 Pinto Amusement device 1350176
1353918 9/1920 Lauster/ Maynes Speedway amusement device 1353918
1353929 9/1929 Maynes Amusement apparatus [boosting means] 1353929
1362885 12/1920 Maynes Amusement apparatus 1362885
1362886 12/1920 Maynes Amusement apparatus 1362886
1363352 12/1920 Ridgway Amusement device 1363352
1409071 3/1922 Veaux & Chakiris Amusement device [tilting bowl] 1409071
1417570 5/1922 Ridgway Amusement device 1417570
1421960 7/1922 Krahe Amusement apparatus [rotating disks] 1421960
1422764 7/1922 Irsch amusement ride 1422764
1466963 8/1923 Ridgway Amusement device [rotating dish] 1466963
1491307 4/1924 Lane & Hamilton Amusement apparatus 1491307
1499672 7/1924 Lezert Amusement device [concentric rotating rings] 1499672
1577689 3/1926 Capitelli Apparatus for amusement purposes 1577689
1583753 5/1926 Goodfellow Amusement device [multiple rotating turntables] 1583753
1672958 6/1928 Spillman Amusement device 1672958
1738355 12/1929 Cappabianco Amusement device 1738355
2058279 10/1936 Watkins Amusement device 2058279
2124939 7/1938 Zebulske Amusement device [car in labyrinth] 2124939
2286454 6/1942 Bartlett Automobile amusement apparatus 2286454
2806697 9/1957 Huhn et al Free carriage roundabout [rocking bowl] 2806697
3451673 6/1969 Matson Floatingly supported undulating platform 3451673
4971314 11/1990 Barber Rotating disc amusement ride 4971314

Bumper Cars, Bumper Boats, and Other Passenger-Steered Rides

A detailed history of bumper cars by Betsy Woodman, with an emphasis on the Dodgem Corporation, can be found at Lusse Autoscooters site.

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
421887 2/1890 Adair Electrically propelled vehicle 421887
978884 12/1910 Hertzberg & Wohl Amusement device 978884
1242865 10/1917 Riehl Amusement apparatus 1242865
1339299 5/1920 Stock Amusement device 1339299
1373108 3/1921 Stoehrer & Stoehrer/ Stoehrer & Pratt Dodgen [sic] Amusement apparatus 1373108
D58115 6/1921 Stock Amusement car [circular] D58115
1404168 1/1922 Stock & Smoot Trolley system 1404168
1419775 6/1922 Stock Bumper 1419775
1420065 6/1922 Stillman Buffer for amusement cars 1420065
1431564 10/1922 Brilstra Amusement ride 1431564
1467456 9/1923 Silvius Revoluble buffer 1467456
1467959 9/1923 Stoehrer & Stoehrer/ Stoehrer & Pratt Dodgem Amusement device 1467959
1478979 12/1923 Stoehrer & Stoehrer/ Stoehrer & Pratt Dodgen [sic] Amusement apparatus 1478979
1534285 4/1925 Riehl Amusement apparatus 1534285
1534978 4/1925 De Waltoff & McDaniel/ Shimmie Auto Amusement apparatus 1534978
1535040 4/1925 Riehl Amusement apparatus 1535040
1543462 6/1925 Vaszin Amusement device 1543462
D70698 7/1926 Lusse & Lusse Amusement car D70698
1645437 10/1927 Lusse & Lusse/ Lusse Brothers Current collector 1645437
1651377 12/1927 Custer Coin controlled lock for electric switches of motor vehicles 1651377
1652840 12/1927 Stoehrer/ Stoehrer & Pratt Dodgem Amusement device 1652840
1664437 4/1928 Vaszin Vehicle 1664437
1665103 4/1928 Lusse/ Lusse Brothers Vehicle controlling apparatus 1665103
1668249 5/1928 Rich Automobile riding amusement device 1668249
1669104 5/1928 Stock Amusement device 1669104
D75802 7/1928 Lusse & Lusse Amusement car D75802
1685577 9/1928 Vaszin/ Dayton Funhouse Amusement device [device to make it difficult for bumper car to enter passageway] 1685577
1692095 11/1928 Scott Buffer or bumper for amusement vehicles or cars 1692095
1700640 1/1929 Mangels Amusement apparatus [Coney Cars (?)] 1700640
1703360 2/1929 Phillips & Phillips Amusement car 1703360
1706162 3/1929 Howarth & Goldsmith/ Automotive Standards Amusement motor vehicle 1706162
1747122 2/1930 Lusse Motor vehicle 1747122
1754112 4/1930 Lusse/ Lusse Brothers Amusement-car construction 1754112
1754172 4/1930 Lusse Amusement car 1754172
1758799 5/1930 Lusse Amusement vehicle 1758799
1770124 7/1930 Beaudette Amusement arena 1770124
1772220 8/1930 Markey/ Dodgem Amusement device 1772220
D82733 12/1930 Cushner Car for amusement devices [in form of nanny with baby carriage] D82733
1798023 3/1931 Lusse/ Lusse Brothers Amusement car 1798023
1804075 5/1931 Andre & Davis Aquatic amusement apparatus 1804075
1818899 8/1931 Lusse/ Lusse Brothers Amusement car apparatus 1818899
1823617 9/1931 Lusse/ Lusse Brothers Bumper construction 1823617
1833844 11/1931 Lusse/ Lusse Brothers Amusement vehicle 1833844
1839981 1/1932 Markey/ Dodgem Amusement device 1839981
1853738 4/1932 Markey/ Dodgem Steering wheel drive mechanism for amusement cars 1853738
1885643 11/1932 Thoerig & Jetilek Mechanical contrivance for popular amusement 1885643
1888005 11/1932 Markey & Stanton/ Dodgem Amusement apparatus 1888005
1980867 11/1934 Lusse/ Lusse Brothers Amusement car [front-steering bumper car] 1980867
1982391 11/1934 Markey/ Dodgem Amusement device 1982391
2005400 6/1935 Stoehrer & Markey/ Dodgem Amusement apparatus 2005400
2021074 11/1935 Maynes Amusement device [portable pool for amusement boats] 2021074
2058383 10/1936 Maynes Aquatic amusement device [bumper boat] 2058383
2165743 7/1939 Bland Amusement device 2165743
2299760 10/1942 Maynes Amusement apparatus 2299760
2343313 3/1944 Maynes Aquatic amusement apparatus 2343313
2395678 2/1946 Maynes Amusement apparatus [bumper boat, improvement to 2343313] 2395678
2603301 7/1952 Sipior & Sipior Motor propelled amusement device [tilting bumper car] 2603301
D192932 5/1962 Gurr Amusement car [Flying Saucer] D192932
3251595 5/1966 Morgan & Bacon/ Disney Air car and supporting apparatus [Flying Saucer] 3251595
3410223 11/1968 Miller Race track with cooperating race car retaining means 3410223
D219157 11/1970 Barnes & Barnes Intentional-impact rebounding amusement vehicle D219157
3841223 10/1974 Bertin Tracks along which ground-effect machines in particular travel 3841223
3885502 5/1975 Sarno et al Entertainment vehicle ride 3885502
3978934 9/1976 Schneidinger et al Amusement ride power 3978934
D250550 9/1976 Reverchon Amusement bumper car D250550
4193470 3/1980 Logan Fluid propelled vehicular system 4193470
4217975 8/1980 Barth Current collector for amusement park bumper cars 4217975
4257726 3/1981 Reverchon & Reverchon Apparatus for storing and emplacing floor plates, particularly for amusement rides 4257726
4324301 4/1982 Eyerly Bumper car amusement ride 4324301
D267185 12/1982 Reverchon Amusement bumper car D267185
4522390 6/1985 Kudler/ Majestic Bumper car ride 4522390
4811530 3/1989 Eyerly/ J V Industries Portable platform [as for bumper car arena] 4811530
4838592 6/1989 Sobodos & Chalmers/ Agajanian Impact-absorbing amusement vehicle 4838592
4843969 7/1989 Chaffee & Morse Multi-plenum air float for load transportation and amusement ride system 4843969
4898382 2/1990 Lamanna Amusement vehicle game 4898382
4966391 10/1990 Sobodos & Chalmers/ Agajanian Impact-absorbing amusement vehicle 4966391
4991835 2/1991 Lamanna/ Bompo Amusement vehicle game 4991835
5061211 10/1991 Barber Amphibian air car 5061211
5100155 3/1992 Lamanna/ Bompo Amusement vehicle game 5100155
5232154 8/1993 Jenkins & Gentry Children's ride-on track 5232154
5238265 8/1993 Duce/ Duce International Adjustable restrainer for use with lap bar assemblies of amusement rides 5238265
5251910 10/1993 Lamanna/ Bompo Amusement vehicle game 5251910
5484030 1/1996 Glenn Independently powdered bumper cart 5484030
5516169 5/1996 Falk & Sweringen Bumper attachment means for an amusement ride vehicle 5516169
5577736 11/1996 Arabo Entertainment game utilizing electrically powered cars 5577736
5775455 7/1998 Cho Steering mechanism for electric vehicles with an off-center mounted drive wheel 5775455
5997017 12/1999 Tilley Human-powered bumper car 5997017
6581350 6/2003 Dean/ Ride Development Co. Floor construction for an amusement ride [modular, for floor-pickup bumper cars]
[application 2002/0124512]
6581350
7607500 10/2009 Sweringen et al Internally electrically powered bumper cars comprising multiple drive wheels and integral hub motors
[application 2007/0209851]
7607500
8057316 11/2011 Legary & Legary Bumper boat amusement attractions, methods and systems and water effect device usable in same
[application 2011/0111871]
8057316
8210955 7/2012 Yule/ StarFlight Amusement ride system
[application 2010/0173717]
8210955
8863872 10/2014 Gorgas et al/ Ride Development Electrically powered bumper cars comprising multiple drive wheels and integral hub motors
[application 2010/0147609]

Patent Applications for Bumper Cars and Related Rides

application number publication date inventor/ assignee document title [comment]
2002/0062605 5/2002 Matthews Portable decking for vehicles
2005/0288111 12/2005 Cowan & Morse Motorized amusement ride apparatus and method

Miscellaneous Ride Patents

The following list includes rides not placed elsewhere. This includes patents that I do not understand well enough to classify; rides that combine elements from more than one category, or to which no category obviously applies; and cars or appliances for rides, which might be applied to rides of diverse classes.

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
567580 9/1896 Cronin Cycloidal chariot [traveling ferris wheel] 567580
567581 9/1896 Cronin Cycloidal chariot 567581
597276 1/1898 Evans Cycloidal chariot 597276
599420 2/1898 Gordon Amusement device 599420
618591 1/1899 Vietor Means for locomotion 618591
632597 8/1899 Tilyou & Lacomme Amusement device 632597
634577 10/1899 Hurlburt Revolving elevator or derrick crane 634577
663004 12/1900 Bellamy Aerial recreation apparatus, &c. 663004
663525 12/1900 Welsh/ Crawley Scenic and Pleasure Railway Company Elevated single rail railway 663525
670371 3/1901 Hosea/ Crawley Scenic and Pleasure Railway Company Running gear for single rail railways 670371
679676 7/1901 Hosea/ Crawley Scenic and Pleasure Railway Company Brake for single-track railways 679676
691719 1/1902 Greth Balloon observatory [captive balloon] 691719
708834 9/1902 Schofield Amusement or roundabout apparatus 708834
710447 10/1902 Funk Car for pleasure railroads 710447
717457 12/1902 Schofield Amusement apparatus 717457
717798 1/1903 Beerwald Amusement apparatus [powered horse race ride] 717798
723074 3/1903 Thompson Pleasure vehicle 723074
730956 6/1903 Needham Aerial device 730956
745159 11/1903 Cronin Cycloidal chariot 745159
773613 11/1904 Walsh Pleasure car [eccentric axles] 773613
780871 1/1905 DeFrance & Garrison Swing [traveling along rail] 780871
793114 6/1905 Walsh Pleasure car 793114
794511 7/1905 Knapp Amusement device [rocking car] 794511
799976 9/1905 Debattista Amusement device [rocking car] 799976
810303 1/1906 Ravel & Ravel Somersaulting vehicle 810303
812996 2/1906 Hill Giant swing 812996
815211 3/1906 Pattee & Duenkel Amusement vehicle [sphere on truck] 815211
819317 5/1906 Shrewsbury Submarine observation tower 819317
820453 5/1906 Walsh Pleasure car 820453
821138 5/1906 Tidd Merry-go-round museum 821138
D38171 8/1906 Pattee Body of cars or floats [for Love's Journey] D38171
828921 8/1906 Buchanan Pleasure railway 828921
829256 8/1906 Browne Pleasure railway [cycloidal chariot] 829256
836260 11/1906 Hyde Amusement apparatus 836260
838074 11/1906 Bragg/ Whirlfly Pleasure railway [cycloidal chariot] 838074
860143 7/1907 Mega Pleasure railway 860143
862798 8/1907 Bragg Pleasure railway [cycloidal chariot] 862798
863563 8/1907 Walther Recreation Vehicle 863563
867506 10/1907 Hermann Amusement apparatus [somersaulting car] 867506
871294 11/1907 Potts Vehicle for recreation or amusement 871294
876841 1/1908 Ritch Observation swing [traveling cycloid] 876841
876976 1/1908 Lacomme Mount for amusement race tracks 876976
880673 3/1908 Lacomme Amusement apparatus 880673
887082 5/1908 Fraser Amusement device 887082
889472 6/1908 Malsin Amusement apparatus [wheel lift] 889472
892215 6/1908 Biavati Car release 892215
893135 7/1908 Bragg Pleasure railway [anti-rollback for cycloidal chariot] 893135
902073 10/1908 Gueritey Amusement apparatus [auto race ride] 902073
903211 11/1908 Marrder Amusement apparatus 903211
905391 12/1908 Walsh Pleasure car 905391
908095 12/1908 Hassan Diving bell [with glass sides] 908095
916590 3/1909 Potts Amusement apparatus 916590
944407 12/1909 Beebe Amusement device 944407
975984 11/1910 Nemsey Amusement device 975984
976413 11/1910 Washburne Vehicle [eccentric axles] 976413
978263 12/1910 Anderson & Brockway/ Cleveland Aeroplane Company Amusement apparatus or aviator instructor 978263
985880 3/1911 Badisco Amusement device [car swing; ride or exhibition] 985880
1034922 8/1912 Molinares Amusement device 1034922
1039545 9/1912 Knight Observation tower 1039545
1043846 11/1912 Kiralfy Amusement or transporting device [swinging transfers] 1043846
1054776 3/1913 Hyer Amusement device 1054776
1084390 1/1914 Bosworth Amusement device [tracked swing] 1084390
1165898 12/1915 Peck Horse ride amusement device 1165898
1197085 9/1916 Waters Amusement device [multiple motorized hobby-horses] 1197085
1370385 3/1921 Unger Amusement device [racing hobby horse] 1370385
1380893 6/1921 Gebert Amusement device [vehicle propelled by teeter-totter] 1380893
1409357 3/1922 Benson Amusement device [bucking car] 1409357
1422032 7/1922 Chapman Amusement device [gravity, on movable cable, in form of airplane] 1422032
1450669 4/1923 Lalle & Fowler Amusement apparatus 1450669
1561071 11/1925 Glass Amusement device 1561071
1566097 12/1925 Johnson Amusement vehicle 1566097
1614051 1/1927 Tottereau Car for roundabouts 1614051
1674734 6/1928 Maynes Knockdown support [for portable amusement rides] 1674734
D76458 10/1928 Cannon Amusement house [arctic scene] D76458
1709373 4/1929 Pulsifer Amusement device [indoor sailboat course] 1709373
1767496 6/1930 Wilson Play airway for amusement purposes 1767496
1785363 12/1930 Rocks Auto thriller and amusement apparatus [track for automobile] 1785363
1795228 3/1931 Missillier Flexible roadway 1795228
1811758 6/1931 Meehan Amusement device [Waltzer] 1811758
1927938 6/1933 Huffman Aircraft training device 1927938
1991011 2/1935 Carniol Amusement device representing a bucking bronco 1991011
2016476 10/1935 Bartlett Amusement ride [airplane banking illusion] 2016476
2109041 2/1938 Bartlett Amusement apparatus [rotating bowl track] 2109041
2173703 9/1939 Witt/ Atlas Appliance Amusement ride [Boomerang] 2173703
2190330 2/1940 Martine Submersible chamber [diving bell ride] 2190330
2196274 4/1940 Ridyard Amusement device 2196274
2236826 4/1941 Maynes Knockdown support [for portable amusement rides] 2236826
2315760 4/1943 Zebulske/ Maynes Connecting means [for portable rides] 2315760
2479217 8/1949 Diamond Diving bell [portable] 2479217
2576852 11/1951 Nicholson Amusement device 2576852
2882089 4/1959 Vaszin Amusement locomotive [trackless train] 2882089
D186524 11/1959 Bowers Amusement ride [Satellite Globe??] D186524
D189582 1/1961 Gurr/ Disney Amusement ride car [in form of car] D189582
3134453 5/1964 Cirami Walking-figure amusement land vehicle [trackless] 3134453
D200110 1/1965 Bradley Amusement vehicle [locomotive-style] D200110
D207648 5/1967 Winton Passenger vehicle for amusement devices [in form of jet] D207648
3344614 10/1967 Byck Underwater observation bell chamber 3344614
D212766 11/1968 Gurr/ Disney Amusement ride car [pod for Omnimover?] D212766
3452681 7/1969 Maroon Amusement ride [railed surfboard simulator] 3452681
D215313 9/1969 Gurr/ Disney Amusement ride auto D215313
3477234 11/1969 Aquino Submergible housing device 3477234
3641776 2/1972 Diamond Diving bell invention [with transportable counterweight] 3641776
3894747 7/1975 Wisdom & Wisdom Method and apparatus for lowering a trailer to the ground 3894747
D238888 2/1976 Bradley Amusement ride vehicle [in form of biplane] D238888
4047699 9/1977 Wisdom Apparatus for lowering a trailer to the ground 4047699
D255138 5/1980 Sermersheim/ Geronimo Trooper Jump tower for amusement ride D255138
4329809 5/1982 Reece Bucking amusement apparatus 4329809
4431182 2/1984 Reynolds Human free-flight amusement devices 4431182
D277975 3/1985 Sassak Amusement ride D277975
D278177 3/1985 Thornalley/ Fibrecast Passenger seat for an amusement ride D278177
D278269 4/1985 Thornalley/ Fibrecast Passenger seat for an amusement ride D278269
4535983 8/1985 De La Concha Caceres/ Free Motions Recreational device for producing the thrill of a free fall [using elastic bands] 4535983
4545574 10/1985 Sassak Fluid suspended passenger carrying spherical body having universal attitude control 4545574
D281617 12/1985 Thornalley/ Fibrecast Passenger seat for an amusement ride D281617
4564208 1/1986 Kudler/ Majestic Rides Trailer stabilizer 4564208
D285594 9/1986 Sassak Space amusement ride D285594
D285957 9/1986 Thornalley/ Fibrecast Passenger seat for an amusement ride D285957
D298159 10/1988 Sellner/ Sellner Productions Amusement ride seat D298159
D298344 11/1988 Sellner/ Sellner Productions Gun for an amusement ride D298344
D303279 9/1989 Sellner/ Sellner Productions Player restraint and gun mount for amusement ride D303279
4953849 9/1990 Reed Riding capsule device with control mechanism 4953849
4973042 11/1990 Klopf & Klopf Tower amusement ride 4973042
5062624 11/1991 Reed Riding capsule device 5062624
D327936 7/1992 House & House Amusement ride [Hi Roller] D327936
5149304 9/1992 Purser Arrangement including a moveable tower [buoyant tower ride] 5149304
D343822 2/1994 Hurd et al Tourist type submarine D343822
D345396 3/1994 Delaney/ Disney Amusement space vehicle D345396
D346195 3/1994 Delaney/ Disney Amusement ride car D346195
D348085 6/1994 Ballew & Lanzisero/ Disney Amusement car D348085
D348288 6/1994 Ballew & Lanzisero/ Disney Amusement car D348288
D348289 6/1994 Ballew & Lanzisero/ Disney Amusement car D348289
D348299 6/1994 Mirabella et al/ Disney Amusement trolley D348299
D351130 10/1994 Delaney/ Disney Amusement airship D351130
D352085 11/1994 Ballew & Lanzisero/ Disney Amusement car D352085
D352335 11/1994 Vignali & Lanzisero/ Disney Amusement vehicle D352335
D352541 11/1994 Shull & Lanzisero/ Disney Amusement character boat D352541
5391115 2/1995 Bessey Low gravity jumping apparatus 5391115
D356619 3/1995 Shull et al/ Disney Amusement ride car D356619
5403238 4/1995 Baxter et al/ Disney Amusement park attraction 5403238
5449130 9/1995 Huntington Hot air balloon amusement ride [tethered balloon] 5449130
5452774 9/1995 Davis & McGinnis Endless roller chain drive with interlocking traction rail 5452774
D378606 3/1997 Tamagnini/ Zamperla Helicopter ride D378606
5658200 8/1997 Ellis Event horizon 5658200
5782699 7/1998 Harrap Steerable swinging device [Fly by Wire ride] 5782699
D395929 7/1998 Boifava/ Zamperla Amusement ride car D395929
5853331 12/1998 Ishikawa & Merrell/ Bungee Japan Amusement ride [Mad Rider: tethered ski jump vehicle] 5853331
D407786 4/1999 Romanaldi/ Zamperla Amusement car ride race track D407786
5927444 7/1999 Checketts Brake for a track-operated vehicle 5927444
D432183 10/2000 Hulst/ Disney Amusement car D432183
D432184 10/2000 Hulst/ Disney Amusement car D432184
D432185 10/2000 Hulst/ Disney Amusement car D432185
6128863 10/2000 Millay/ SeaVenture Fish and marine mammal observatory featuring a carousel that moves within a sealed aquatic environment 6128863
6162127 12/2000 Ochi/ Oriental Sangyo Amusement park with rides conveying park-goers in their own motor vehicles [various rides] 6162127
6210284 4/2001 Ochi/ Oriental Sangyo Rides conveying park-goers in their own motor vehicles [various rides] 6210284
6227790 5/2001 Mollick & Hopfner/ Universal Amusement ride vehicle with wheelchair ramp 6227790
6340280 1/2002 Mollick & Hopfner/ Universal Amusement ride vehicle with wheelchair ramp 6340280
6477961 11/2002 Mares/ Meteoro Amusement ride [seats with passenger-controlled inclination]
[application 2002/0152920]
6477961
6499409 12/2002 Niederer & Niederer Pneumatic propulsion track apparatus 6499409
D470558 2/2003 Gutknecht/ Thrilltime Tower amusement ride D470558
6776722 8/2004 De-Gol/ Robocoaster; Kuka Roboter Ride apparatus [Robocoaster]
[application 2002/0183123]
6776722
6778094 8/2004 Gustason et al/ Disney Motion detection apparatus and method [method for securing test device]
[application 2003/0052793]
6778094
6871596 3/2005 De-Gol/ Kuka; Robocoaster Moving means, particularly for amusement parks, fairs and the like [Robocoaster on a track]
[application 2003/0172834]
6871596
6910971 6/2005 Alsenz Acceleration simulator [centrifuge-based]
[application 2004/0197742]
6910971
6969323 11/2005 von Bose & von Bose Amusement ride 6969323
6988951 1/2006 Newman & Fine Floating machine 6988951
7166032 1/2007 Smith et al/ Disney Passenger restraint system
[application 2005/0145430]
7166032
7177706 2/2007 Schweizer et al/ Disney Automated attraction and ride maintenance verification system
[application 2006/0080158]
7177706
7287724 10/2007 Hase/ Aeroballoon USA Tether system for balloon ride
[application 2006/0214053]
7287724
7303054 12/2007 Rosner Popular amusement device with switchable eddy-current brake
[application 2004/0262103]
7303054
7455592 12/2007 Kroon/ Cobra Beheer Support installation for a fairground attraction [as for ferris wheel or boat swing]
[application 2006/0079338]
7455592
7465236 12/2008 Wagels Flying arrangement [in enclosed space]
[application 2006/0058106] ]
7465236
7484460 2/2009 Blum et al/ Universal Amusement ride track with motion base
[application 2007/0074638]
7484460
7686697 3/2010 Bussink Amusement ride
[application 2007/0270231]
7686697
7722470 5/2010 Wagels Flying arrangement
[application 2009/0143153]
7722470
7905789 3/2011 Collins et al/ Team IX Specialized restraint systems for amusement rides
[application 2008/0246327]
7905789
7927223 4/2011 Bussink Amusement ride
[application 2007/0261589]
7927223
7922594 4/2011 Verl et al Amusement ride [multi-railed ride]
[application 2009/0181781]
7922594
8057317 11/2011 Roodenburg et al/ Vekoma Amusement park attraction
[application 2007/0265103]
8057317
8132514 3/2012 Lubman & Ramirez/ Disney Lap bar assembly with locking mechanism with locking in lap bar and grab bar positions
[application 2010/0307288]
8132514
8327769 12/2012 Kim Large rideable bipedal walking robot for use as an amusement park ride and amusement park system using the same
[application 2011/0139030]
8327769
8630734 1/2014 Hasenzahl/ Kuka Method and automated manipulator for moving a person with the manipulator
[application 2010/0280660]
8630734
8647212 2/2014 Crawford & Nemeth/ Disney Intersecting path ride [oscillating along orthogonal linear paths]
[application 2013/0087066]
8647212
8672769 3/2014 Kroon & Hartemink/ Cobra Beheer Supporting system for a mast [for large portable ride]
[application 2012/0052960]
8672769
8727896 5/2014 Frolov Underground and underwater amusement attractions
[application 2013/0244801]
8727896
8795095 8/2014 Stoker Motion ride method and apparatus for illusion of teleportation
[application 2013/0045811]
8795095
8795096 8/2014 Stoker Motion ride method and apparatus for illusion of teleportation
[application 2013/0324271]
8795096
8920251 12/2014 Dietz et al Amusement ride
[application 2013/0079169]
8998340 4/2015 Biegun Passenger restraint for amusement park ride
9079109 7/2015 Buhler/ Disney Electronic reach envelope intrusion examiner
[application 2015/0055124]
9084941 7/2015 Fram Combination ride for amusement park

Miscellaneous Ride Patent Applications

application number publication date inventor/ assignee document title [comment]
2002/0185569 12/2002 Henne Airplane training and amusement device for traveling on a fixed track
2004/0032157 2/2004 Trimborn Restraint bar for securing a person in vehicles, especially for amusement rides
2004/0077415 4/2004 Kleimeyer Combination giant swing and rolling carriage amusement ride [cable swing with coaster-like ride on supporting arch]
2004/0192453 9/2004 Esparza & Sharits/ Paramount Parks Enclosed programmably controlled looping swing [Tomb Raider]
2005/0288114 12/2005 Meadows System and apparatus for propelling and carrying a user within a confined interior [with balloon]
2006/0205524 9/2006 Foster Method and apparatus for controlling admission to individual rides at an amusement park
2007/0010339 1/2007 Stone Amusement device with vortex airflow
2012/0111222 5/2012 Zambelli & Viarana/ Zamperla Amusement Device
2013/0233198 9/2013 Roodenburg & Sintenie/ Vekoma Pivotable passenger carrier
2015/0080137 3/2015 Ferrari/ Preston & Barbieri Amusement device for dynamic simulation, in particular for use in amusement parks or the like [ride with water shooting elements]
2015/0210238 7/2015 Biegun Passenger restraint for amusement park ride
2015/0217201 8/2015 Schmidt People mover

Last revised 6-Aug-2015

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