U.S. Patents for Other Ride-Related Patents

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 patents for rides and almost-rides not included elsewhere on this site. The following lists include simulators and illusions, cable swings, and funhouse appliances. The patents are grouped by types. A few fun house patents are also included. 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. Other miscellaneous rides are on the other rides page.

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cable swings ... applications
suspension fans ... applications
illusion rides ... applications
park camera systems ... applications
wave generators ... applications
funhouses (etc.) ... applications

Cable Swings and Bungee Rides

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
1482554 2/1924 Gundlach Amusement device [cable-attached jumping tower] 1482554
5094448 3/1992 Hackett/ Carolan Jumping apparatus 5094448
5203744 4/1993 Checketts Device for vertically oscillating participants 5203744
5224425 7/1993 Remington Cable skydiving 5224425
5267906 12/1993 Kitchen & Bird/ Sky Fun 1 Amusement ride [Sky Coaster] 5267906
5303695 4/1994 Shopsowitz Human free-flight launcher 5303695
5421783 6/1995 Kockelman & Kockelman/ Bungee Adventures Human slingshot machine [Ejection Seat] 5421783
5427576 6/1995 Pfeiffer/ Redara Bungy jumping tower 5427576
5527223 6/1996 Kitchen & Bird Swing type amusement ride [Sky Coaster] 5527223
5649866 7/1997 Balwanz Amusement ride system [bungee chair] 5649866
5665002 9/1997 Balwanz Chair assembly for an amusement ride 5665002
5769724 6/1998 Wiegel Human free-flight catapult 5769724
5810671 9/1998 Balwanz & Kleimeyer Amusement ride system [bungee chair] 5810671
5842928 12/1998 McGinnis Amusement park swing ride 5842928
5931740 8/1999 Kitchen Module-type amusement ride [Sky Coaster] 5931740
5984792 11/1999 Clark Bungee swing 5984792
6319140 11/2001 Mirfin & Pondorfer Amusement device [reverse bungee variant] 6319140
6416418 7/2002 Kleimeyer Pivoting-arm giant swing amusement ride 6416418
6440002 8/2002 Jackson/ Skycoaster Top loading swing type amusement ride 6440002
6497623 12/2002 Mirfin & Pondorfer Amusement device [reverse bungee]
[application 2002/0061784]
6497623
6511381 1/2003 Cochron Multidirectional amusement device 6511381
6569024 5/2003 Kleimeyer Giant swing amusement ride with oppositely pivoting boom arm and cam arm
[application 2003/0017880]
6569024
6699135 3/3004 Cochron Multidirectional amusement device
[application 2003/0087706]
6699135
6808459 10/3004 Checketts Amusement ride with cable-launched carrier [ThrillShot & Sky Sling]
[application 2003/0027646]
6808459
6875115 4/2005 Fea/ Queenstown Property Apparatus for an amusement ride and fall [rail-launched bungee drop]
[application 2004/0092322]
6875115
7008328 3/2006 Checketts Controllably rotatable seat [ThrillShot & Sky Sling]
[application 2003/0025368]
7008328
7066822 6/2006 Cochron Multidirectional amusement device
[application 2003/0144063]
7066822
7465235 12/2008 Evans Combined human catapult and safety landing apparatus
[application 2007/0259726]
7465235
9005044 4/2015 Checketts Amusement ride
[application 2013/0260906]

Cable Swing and Bungee Patent Applications

application number publication date inventor/ assignee document title [comment]
2003/0083137 5/2003 Checketts Oscillatory amusement ride
2014/0261051 9/2014 Kitchen Amusement ride
2015/0051005 2/2015 Checketts Swing amusement ride system
2015/0051006 2/2015 Checketts Swing amusement ride system

Suspension Fans

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
3484953 12/1969 Norheim Apparatus for simulating free fall through the air 3484953
4578037 3/1986 Macangus & Dickson Skydiving simulator 4578037
4700565 10/1987 Albuschkat/ Rodenhurst Device for artificially producing air flow 4700565
5209702 5/1993 Arenas Freefall simulator 5209702
5593352 1/1997 Methfessel & Langston Mobile ground level skydiving apparatus 5593352
5655909 8/1997 Kitchen & Bird Skydiving trainer windtunnel 5655909
5753811 5/1998 Consolini/ Inversiones Bernoulli Aerodynamic tunnel particularly suited for entertainment purposes 5753811
6083110
= RE43028
7/2000
12/2011
Kitchen & Palmer/ Sky Venture Vertical wind tunnel training device 6083110
RE43028
6805558 10/2004 Carl & Gershon Free fall and game simulator 6805558
7028542 4/2006 Metni Reduced drag cable for use in wind tunnels and other locations
[application 2006/0021428]
7028542
7156744 1/2007 Metni et al/ Skyventure Recirculating vertical wind tunnel skydiving simulator
[application 2006/0025227]
7156744
7572189 8/2009 Gentile & Galigani/ Free Flight Structure for raising persons by means of an air flow
[application 2007/0129157]
7572189
7926339 4/2011 Pellicer & Angel/ Voracel Vertical wind tunnel with viewing facility
[application 2009/0158835]
7926339
7832265 11/2010 Gong Vertical wind tunnel sports arena 7832265

Suspension Ride Patent Applications

application number publication date inventor/ assignee document title [comment]
2004/0077419 4/2004 Chengzhen & Shapero Amusement air pool and riding devices therefor
2009/0312111 12/2009 Gil & Basone Free-fall simulator capable of displaying a simulated visual environment

Illusions and Simulators

The following list includes rides in which limited passenger motion and visual stimuli combine to produce illusory sensations of motion. Stationary simulators and those intended for pilot training are excluded.

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
508227 11/1893 Lake Illusion apparatus [Haunted Swing] 508227
510803 12/1893 Lake Illusion apparatus [Haunted Swing] 510803
520236 5/1894 Lake Theater appliance 520236
523357 7/1894 Lake Illusory apparatus 523357
530128 12/1894 Rosenzwey Illusion apparatus 530128
590783 9/1897 Williams Amusement apparatus 590783
715958 12/1902 Booraem & Howard Illusion apparatus 715958
767281 8/1904 Keefe Amusement device [travel illusion] 767281
788886 5/1905 Citron Device for illusory entertainment 788886
797372 8/1905 Rice Illusory elevator device 797372
800100 9/1905 Hale Pleasure railway 800100
800297 9/1905 Havenstrite Amusement apparatus 800297
809589 1/1906 Timmons Amusement apparatus 809589
809956 1/1906 Jaeger Amusement device 809956
812848 2/1906 Hurst Amusement device [automobile simulator] 812848
828791 8/1906 White Marine illusion apparatus 828791
836708 11/1906 Ridgway Amusement device 836708
838137 12/1906 Plummer Amusement apparatus 838137
838989 12/1906 Hart Amusement apparatus 838989
845524 2/1907 Citron/ Scenic Novelty Pleasure railway 845524
847724 3/1907 Biondi Illusion device 847724
847725 3/1907 Biondi Illusion apparatus 847725
848796 4/1907 Winderborne Illusion car 848796
856951 6/1907 Hafner/ Atlantic Coast Amusement Company Illusion apparatus 856951
859604 7/1907 Jossenberger Illusion boat 859604
865035 9/1907 Hartley & Bishop/ Avernus Wheel Switchback apparatus 865035
865882 9/1907 Garrette Combination amusement vehicle and boat 865882
872627 12/1907 Keen Amusement device 872627
874169 12/1907 Darcy & Lubin Illusion apparatus for amusement [simulated balloon voyage] 874169
887803 5/1908 Henzi Amusement apparatus [boat illusion] 887803
892070 6/1908 Murphy Amusement device 892070
922628 5/1909 Pitzer Amusement apparatus [Haunted Swing] 922628
924068 6/1909 Hicks & Wigan Illusion amusement device 924068
949532 2/1910 Farrell Amusement device [cyclorama-like airship illusion] 949532
981672 1/1911 Napp Amusement device 981672
987859 3/1911 Corneliussen Amusement device 987859
1005061 10/1911 Murie Amusement apparatus 1005061
1017526 2/1912 Fishback Amusement apparatus 1017526
1018645 2/1912 Walters Apparatus for teaching the art of aeroplaning, applicable also for amusement purposes [flight simulator] 1018645
1037474 9/1912 Gunzendorfer Amusement apparatus [submarine ride/simulator] 1037474
1100725 6/1914 Gibson Amusement apparatus [earthquake simulator] 1100725
1112307 11/1914 Manterola Amusement device 1112307
1127094 2/1915 Salsbury Recreation device 1127094
1232407 7/1917 Thome Amusement device 1232407
1238151 8/1917 Keefe Amusement apparatus [automobile race illusion; phantom racer] 1238151
1340570 5/1920 Smith Scenic amusement apparatus 1340570
1388130 8/1921 F. W. Thompson Amusement apparatus [airplane trip illusion] 1388130
1580460 4/1926 Willeford Amusement apparatus 1580460
1686315 10/1928 Edwards Amusement apparatus for inducing sensations of aviation 1686315
1732597 10/1929 Faber Amusement apparatus [airplane simulator] 1732597
1789680 1/1931 Gwinnett Amusement device 1789680
1825462 9/1931 Link Combination training device for student aviators and entertainment apparatus 1825462
1844852 2/1932 Harvey Amusement device 1844852
1909573 5/1933 Custer Amusement apparatus 1909573
1925180 9/1933 Eyerly Orientator [Acroplane] 1925180
1945698 2/1934 Mallon Aircraft training and sport apparatus 1945698
1947962 2/1934 Alfaro Aeronautic training apparatus [simulator] 1947962
1947982 2/1934 Gerhardt & Brock/ Devon Amusement apparatus [flight simulator] 1947982
2031310 2/1936 Hall Flight apparatus 2031310
2032708 3/1936 Mallon Aircraft training and amusement apparatus 2032708
2069664 2/1937 Bartlett Amusement ride [airplane simulation illusion] 2069664
2485435 10/1949 Dehmal Aircraft navigating and training device [also for amusement] 2485435
2526371 10/1950 Laughead & Anderson Airplane flight instruction device [as ride, toy, or trainer] 2526371
2661211 12/1953 Campbell Rocket ship amusement apparatus 2661211
2719715 10/1955 Leahan Combination device for theater auditorium 2719715
2861806 11/1958 Disney Rocket ship amusement apparatus 2861806
2912244 11/1959 Carr Amusement device [flying saucer simulation] 2912244
2915311 12/1959 Delano Operating mechanism for amusement devices [horse riding simulator] 2915311
3137500 6/1964 Stensagor/ Norstan Aviation type amusement device [helicopter simulator] 3137500
3295224 1/1967 Cappel/ Franklin Institute Motion simulator 3295224
3542934 11/1970 Wyener et al
  [Warhurst et al]
Submarine simulator 3542934
3602499 8/1971 Kojima/ Sansei Yusoki Sea animation apparatus including eccentrically moving seats and scene projections 3602499
3606328 9/1971 Delphia Vehicle drag racing simulator assembly 3606328
3628829 12/1971 Heilig Experience theater 3628829
3865430 2/1975 Tanus Theater chair automatically movable by remote control 3865430
3868107 2/1975 Ichida Simulated viewing apparatus 3868107
3923300 12/1975 Tanus Theater chair automatically movable by remote control 3923300
4066256 1/1978 Trumbull/ Future General Amusement ride 4066256
4162582 7/1979 McGraw et al Flight trainer and entertainment device for simulating aerial acrobatics 4162582
4251140 2/1981 Fogerty Ride assembly for simulating travel 4251140
4276030 6/1981 Radice/ Doron Pivotable vehicle simulator 4276030
4303236 12/1981 Czarnecki/ Kinop Trip motion simulator 4303236
4431183 2/1984 Reimann Motion simulator 4431183
4477069 10/1984 Crudgington Electronic amusement center 4477069
4492372 1/1985 Lorence et al/ Rawson Control Amusement helicopter 4492372
4505472 3/1985 Lorenc & Maring/ Rawson Control Astro capsule 4505472
4642945 2/1987 Browning et al/ Cinemotion Entertainment structure 4642945
4752065 6/1988 Trumbull et al/ Showscan & Intamin Motion picture amusement ride 4752065
4798376 1/1989 Trumbull et al/ Showscan & Intamin Amusement ride apparatus with a plurality of individually tiltable frames 4798376
4830381 5/1989 Sellner Simulated laser weapon and amusement application therefore 4830381
4856771 8/1989 Nelson & Berg Video simulation apparatus 4856771
4874162 10/1989 Trumbull et al/ Showscan Motion picture amusement ride 4874162
4879849 11/1989 Hollingsworth & Angus/ Omni Films Point-of-view motion simulator system 4879849
5004225 4/1991 Krukovsky Simulated observation flight apparatus 5004225
5009412 4/1991 Roodenburg & Roodenburg Eathquake [sic] simulator for a theme park 5009412
5015933 5/1991 Watkins et al/ Ridewerks Seat base motion controller 5015933
5052932 10/1991 Trani Spherical simulator 5052932
5192247 3/1993 Barr & Alexander/ Universal Ride attraction 5192247
5199875 4/1993 Trumball/ Ridefilm Method and apparatus for generating supplemental motion in a simulator 5199875
5219315 6/1993 Fuller & Robinson Water effects enhanced motion base simulator ride 5219315
5282772 1/1994 Ninomiya et al Simulator for shooting down the rapids 5282772
5316480 5/1994 Ellsworth Portable multiple module simulator apparatus 5316480
5336132 8/1994 Murakami Multisensation creation apparatus employing stereoscopic imagery 5336132
5388991 2/1995 Morris/ Magic Edge Simulation device and system 5388991
5433670 6/1995 Trumbull/ Ridefilm Compact simulator system theater 5433670
5453011 9/1995 Feuer & Brown Flight simulator 5453011
5482510 1/1996 Ishii et al Amusement device passing within tube 5482510
5489212 2/1996 Yoshimoto & Ishibashi/ Sega Rotating simulator and body holding apparatus therefor 5489212
5490784 2/1996 Carmein Virtual reality system with enhanced sensory apparatus 5490784
5499920 3/1996 Trumbull/ Ridefilm Method of generating an event simulation 5499920
5507647 4/1996 Morris/ Magic Edge Simulation device and system 5507647
5509631 4/1996 De Salvo/ Ridefilm Three axis motion platform 5509631
5509806 4/1996 Ellsworth/ Crusade for Kids Portable multiple module simulator aparatus and method of use 5509806
5513990 6/1996 Gluck Realistic motion ride simulator 5513990
5527184 6/1996 Trumbull/ Ridefilm Simulator system having an orthogonal motion base 5527184
5533933 7/1996 Garnjost & Stegner/ Moog Arcade amusement ride motion simulator system 5533933
5556340 9/1996 Bohn et al/ Disney Amusement ride assembly with rotating tube synchronized with an image 5556340
5558582 9/1996 Swensen & Neville/ Enhanced Simulation Rotating motion simulator 5558582
5560256 10/1996 Tines Base support for movable objects 5560256
5567157 10/1996 Salmon et al/ Ridefilm Compliant orthogonal motion base and simulator system 5567157
5584697 10/1996 Trumbull/ Ridefilm Simulator system having a suspended passenger platform 5584697
5597359 1/1997 Byerly/ Doron Audience motion platform 5597359
5685718 11/1997 McClintic/ MaxFlight Motion simulator 5685718
5702307 12/1997 Moran Pivotal, spherically shaped, motion simulator-with shifting means for controlling its' [sic] center of gravity 5702307
5711670 1/1998 Barr Motion-base ride simulator with improved passenger loading and unloading method and apparatus 5711670
5725435 3/1998 De Castro Faria Electro-mechanical amusement simulator with gravitational effects 5725435
5791903 8/1998 Feuer et al/ Fir Ride & Show Engineering Flight simulator with full roll rotation capability 5791903
5827065 10/1998 McClintic Motion simulator operating system and method 5827065
5857917 1/1999 Francis & Packman 3-D simulator ride 5857917
5865624 2/1999 Hayashigawa Reactive ride simulator method and apparatus 5865624
5885080 3/1999 Letovsky Mechanically actuated motion platform 5885080
5911634 6/1999 Nidata & Nidata Tiltable platform 5911634
5931739 8/1999 Layer et al/ Moog Fail-safe ride simulator 5931739
5951018 9/1999 Mamitsu/ Konami Simulative driving game machine 5951018
5954508 9/1999 Ko & Dietrich/ Interactive Motion Systems Portable and compact motion simulator 5954508
5964666 10/1999 Uemura/ SEGA Falling amusement ride 5964666
5997303 12/1999 Yoshida et al/ Namco Rotary sliding device and a simulator using the same 5997303
6007338 12/1999 DiNunzio et al/ Disney Roller coaster simulator 6007338
6017276 1/2000 Elson & Holmberg Location based entertainment device 6017276
6027342 2/2000 Brown/ Stricor Motion platform assembly for flight and vehicle simulation 6027342
6039653 3/2000 Engstrand Apparatus, system and method for experiencing motion 6039653
6042382 3/2000 Halfhill Sustained G-force centripetal acceleration apparatus and method 6042382
6050823 4/2000 McClintic Motion simulator operating system and method 6050823
6053576 4/2000 Jessee Bank of seats for amusement ride 6053576
6077078 6/2000 Alet & Jezequel/ Thomson-CSF Motion simulator device with at least three degrees of freedom 6077078
6079982 6/2000 Meader Interactive simulator ride 6079982
6098549 8/2000 Mares/ Meteoro Modularized amusement ride and training simulation device 6098549
6113500 9/2000 Francis & Packman/ Cinema Ride 3-D simulator ride 6113500
6162058 12/2000 Yang/ Kumyang Motion base device for simulators 6162058
6224491 5/2001 Hiromi et al/ Kabushiki Kaisha Sega Ride-type game machine 6224491
6227121 5/2001 Mares/ Meteoro Modularized amusement ride and training simulation device 6227121
6254489 7/2001 Drobnis et al/ Universal Amusement attraction with man-made tornado 6254489
6292968 9/2001 McLain Articulated bridge [for motion base] 6292968
6301845 10/2001 Milanian Amusement and virtual reality ride 6301845
6336811 1/2002 Shiina et al/ Hitachi VR motion base control apparatus and it's supporting structure 6336811
6354954 3/2002 Sumner/ Disney Amusement apparatus and method 6354954
6386115 5/2002 Mares/ Meteoro Modularized amusement ride and training simulation device
[application 2001/0037745]
6386115
6386984 5/2002 Hara et al/ Kabushiki Kaisha Sega Amusement facilities, vehicles for amusement facilities, and display for amusement facilities 6386984
6402625 6/2002 Armstrong Motion linkage apparatus 6402625
6406299 6/2002 Murao et al/ Taiyo 6-degree-of-freedom travelling system 6406299
6413090 7/2002 Shiina et al/ Hitachi VR motion base control apparatus and it's supporting structure 6413090
6428419 8/2002 Sheldon/ Universal Amusement attraction with moveable floor 6428419
6431989 8/2002 Katayama et al/ Hitachi Ride simulation system 6431989
6470630 10/2002 Miyamoto Amusement facility, container for amusement facility and installation method of amusement equipment 6470630
6533670 3/2003 Drobnis/ Universal Amusement ride with pivotable motion base 6533670
6629895 10/2003 Uemura & Matsumoto/ Sega Amusement ride system
[application 2002/0068640]
6629895
6629896 10/2003 Jones Nimble virtual reality capsule using rotatable drive assembly
[application 2003/0125119]
6629896
6632092 10/2003 Moran Propelled-pivoting motion base with rotating disc and method
[application 2002/0197585]
6632092
6641485 11/2003 Chauhan Space ride simulator 6641485
6641399 11/2003 Shiina et al/ Hitachi VR motion base control apparatus and it's supporting structure
[application 2002/0155414]
6641399
6678328 1/2004 Kondo et al/ Sony Information processor [for correlating vibration with image] 6678328
6902402 6/2005 McClintic/ MaxFlight Flight simulator
[application 2003/0219702]
6902402
7094157 8/2006 Fromyer et al/ Oceaneering International Amusement ride vehicle with pneumatically actuated cabin and motion base
[application 2005/0048446]
7094157
7115039 10/2006 Matsuda et al/ Hitachi Contents distribution system for simulation ride system, distribution apparatus for ride contents administration center, simulation ride control apparatus and computer software
[application 2002/0119826]
7115039
7124660 10/2006 Chiang Hex-axis horizontal movement dynamic simulator
[application 2004/0144288]
7124660
7402110 7/2008 Casey Interactive video game
[application 2007/0079723]
7402110
7967688 6/2011 Lai & Chien/ Brogent Motion simulator
[application 2010/0184524]
7967688
8092287 1/2012 Purvis & Ackley/ Disney System and method for providing a real-time interactive surface
[application 2010/0144413]
8092287
8206230 6/2012 Magpuri/ Falcon's Treehouse Circular motion theater
[application 2011/0214359]
8206230
8287394 10/2012 Gil & Berinde/ Simex Seat assembly such as for an amusement ride
[application 2011/0062755]
8287394
8444496 5/2013 Lai & Chien/ Brogent Lateral dynamic simulation device
[application 2012/0258810]
8444496
8689698 4/2014 Shasha & Whittaker Methods and systems for multi-dimensional motion
[application 2012/0312186]
8689698
8721464 5/2014 Ou Yan et al/ Brogent Biaxial suspension type dynamic simulator
[application 2013/0203512]
8721464
8864593 10/2014 Gil & Berinde/ Simex Seat assembly such as for an amusement ride
[application 2012/0286550]
8864594 10/2014 Hasenzahl/ KUKA Carnival ride and method for operating the carnival ride
[application 2013/0079167]
8931417 1/2015 Shasha & Whittaker Methods and systems for multi-dimensional motion
[application 2014/0182475]
8992336 3/2015 Magpuri/ Falcon's Treehouse Circular motion theater
[application 2012/0297695]
9011259 4/2015 Schmidt People mover [3D motion]
[application 2014/0274431]
9097383 7/2015 Sywak/ Oceaneering International Motion platform configuration
[application 2014/0261092]

Illusion & Simulator Patent Applications

application number publication date inventor/ assignee document title [comment]
2002/0066387 6/2002 Mares Modularized amusement ride and training simulation device
2002/0068641 6/2002 Diciccio Roller coaster based simulator for amusement and flight training
2003/0092496 5/2003 Alsenz Acceleration simulator
2005/0014567 1/2005 Li et al Amusement apparatus and method
2006/0136826 6/2006 Makuta et al Riding simulation device [motorcycle simulator]
2008/0188318 8/2008 Piccionelli & Gerardi Ride system with motion simulation and video stream
2011/0141246 6/2011 Schwartz et al System and method for producing stereoscopic images
2012/0282588 11/2012 Stevens & Cammaerts/ Ansible Motion Mobile platform
2014/0290400 10/2014 Choi/ CJ 4D Plex Four degrees of freedom motion apparatus
2015/0018107 1/2015 Kaastra/ International Leisure Products Attraction for amusement rides based on motion simulation
2015/0061847 3/2015 Danieau et al/ Thomson Licensing Method to render global 5 dof motion effect with multiple local force-feedback
2015/0065260 3/2015 Beyr/ Attraktion! GmbH Entertainment ride
2015/0157951 6/2015 Lee et al/ Motion Device Motion simulator
2015/0159390 6/2015 Magpuri/ Falcon's Treehouse Circular motion theater
2015/0224411 8/2015 Valtiner-Zuegg & Valtiner Entertainment device comprising suspended simulation platform

Video and photo systems for rides or parks

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
5508737 4/1996 Lang/ Sony Remote video viewing and recording system for remotely occurring events 5508737
5576838 11/1996 Renie/ Renievision Personal video capture system 5576838
5598208 1/1997 McClintock/ Sony Video viewing and recording system 5598208
5655053 8/1997 Renie/ RenieVision Personal video capture system including a video camera at a plurality of video locations 5655053
5751885 5/1998 O'Loughlin & O'Loughlin Centralized video system 5751885
5872887 2/1999 Walker/ GTE Personal video, and system and method of making same 5872887
6490409 12/2002 Walker/ Verizon System and method for making a personal photographic collections 6490409
6526158 2/2003 Goldberg Method and system for obtaining person-specific images in a public venue 6526158
6591068 7/2003 Dietz/ Disney Method and apparatus for automatic image capture 6591068
6618075 9/2003 Tomita/ Sony Amusement ride camera system for shooting pictures 6618075
6628899 9/2003 Kito/ Fuji Photo Image photographing system, image processing system, and image providing system connecting them, as well as photographing camera, image editing apparatus, image order sheet for each object and method of ordering images for each object 6628899
6819783 11/2004 Goldberg et al/ CenterFrame Obtaining person-specific images in a public venue 6819783
7555147 6/2009 Simmons Video recording system for an amusement park ride and associated methods
[application 2007/0078013]
7555147
9038543 5/2015 Beutler/ Maurer Amusement ride comprising a facial expression recognition system
[application 2011/0174189]

Photo and Video Applications

application number publication date inventor/ assignee document title [comment]
2005/0052532 3/2005 Elooz et al System and method for filming and recording attractions

Wave Generators

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
586718 7/1897 Wharton Amusement apparatus [wave generator] 586718
586983 7/1897 Wharton Amusement apparatus [wave machine] 586983
1076779 10/1913 Miller & Keenan Aquatic pleasure structure [for rotating body of water] 1076779
1181406 5/1916 Potter Bathing appliance 1181406
1679156 7/1926 Fisch Artificial surf bathing pool 1679156
1655498 1/1928 Fisch Bathing amusement apparatus [wave pool] 1655498
1701842 2/1929 Fisch Artificial surf bathing pool 1701842
1763491 6/1930 Voltz Wave producer for swimming tanks 1763491
1871215 8/1932 Keller & Siferte Machine for making waves 1871215
2002043 5/1935 Price Means for producing artifical waves 2002043
2019829 11/1935 Price Device for producing artificial waves 2019829
2056855 10/1936 Herz Method and apparatus for producing surface waves on a body of water 2056855
3005207 10/1961 Matrai Swimming pool [wave generator] 3005207
3350724 11/1967 Leigh Method and apparatus for generating artificial waves in a body of water 3350724
3398948 8/1968 Grisham Wave generating device 3398948
3473334 10/1969 Dexter Apparatus and method for producing waves 3473334
3557559 1/1971 Barr Wave-generating apparatus 3557559
3562823 2/1971 Köster Wave producing machine, especially for swimming pools 3562823
3629877 12/1971 Schuster Method and apparatus for wave formation in swim pools 3629877
3693195 9/1972 Richard & Richard Apparatus for surf generation 3693195
3789612 2/1974 Richard & Richard Method of surf generation 3789612
3802697 4/1974 Le Mehaute Wave generator for simulated surfing 3802697
3913332 8/1975 Forsman Continuous wave surfing facility 3913332
3964316 6/1976 Abe/ Rohr Wave motion simulator 3964316
4062192 12/1977 Biewer/ Offshore Technology Method of and mechanism for generating waves suitable for surfing 4062192
4142258 3/1979 Schiron & Rupprath Swimming pool with wave generating installation 4142258
4276661 7/1981 Baker Wave-making apparatus 4276661
4276664 7/1981 Baker Apparatus for wave-making 4276664
4290153 9/1981 Kockerols & Sagemuller/ Thyssen Method and apparatus for generating a controlled current flow and waves in a water pool 4290153
4467483 8/1984 Bastenhof/ Ecopool Design Pneumatic wave generator 4467483
4515500 5/1985 Bastenhof/ Ecopool Design Combustion powered wave generator 4515500
4522535 6/1985 Bastenhof/ Ecopool Design Surf wave generator 4522535
4539719 9/1985 Schuster & Boes/ Automated Swimpools Pneumatic surf wave production for pools 4539719
4558474 12/1985 Bastenhof/ Ecopool Design Wave generator 4558474
4561133 12/1985 Laing Jet stream device 4561133
4692949 9/1987 Dunn/ WaveTek High-head, low-volume surfing wave pool 4692949
4720210 1/1988 Stonor et al Apparatus for generating waves 4720210
4730355 3/1988 Kreinbihl et al Pneumatic wave generator employing four-way valve arrangement 4730355
4730807 3/1988 Miller/ WaveTek Surf pool gate valve 4730807
4762316 8/1988 Merino/ Trade Source Wave surfing simulation apparatus 4762316
4774731 10/1988 Kodan Wave pool 4774731
4792260 12/1988 Sauerbier Tunnel-wave generator 4792260
4812077 3/1989 Raike/ Great Wave Pneumatic/hydraulic wave generator 4812077
4905987 3/1990 Frenzi Water sports apparatus 4905987
4954014 9/1990 Sauerbier & Lochtefeld Surfing-wave generators 4954014
4974994 12/1990 Kirstein & Schmitt/ Mannesmann Rexroth Hydrostatic drive for wave generating systems in swimming pools 4974994
4979244 12/1990 Bastenhof Wave valve 4979244
4976570 12/1990 Davis & Nahrup/ Water Parks Apparatus and method for generating waves in a body of water 4976570
4999860 3/1991 Chutter et al Apparatus for generating waves in a swimming pool 4999860
5098222 3/1992 Robinson/ Wet Design Wave generator 5098222
5171101 12/1992 Sauerbier & Lochtefeld/ Light Wave Surfing-wave generators 5171101
5205670 4/1993 Hill Rotating surfing wave simulator 5205670
5236280 8/1993 Lochtefeld/ Blade Loch Method and apparatus for improving sheet flow water rides 5236280
5271692 12/1993 Lochtefeld/ Light Wave Method and apparatus for a sheet flow water ride in a single container 5271692
5285536 2/1994 Long Wave generating system 5285536
5387159 2/1995 Hilgert & Simpson Continuous wave generating apparatus for simulated surfriding 5387159
5393170 2/1995 Lochtefeld Method and apparatus for improving sheet flow water rides 5393170
5401117 3/1995 Lochtefeld Method and apparatus for containerless sheet flow water rides [Flow Rider] 5401117
5421782 6/1995 Lochtefeld/ Light Wave Action river water attraction 5421782
5564859 10/1996 Lochtefeld Method and apparatus for improving sheet flow water rides 5564859
5616083 4/1997 Subbaraman & Brucker Apparatus for generating a deep, laminar vortex 5616083
5621925 4/1997 Bastenhof Pool or water tank, such as a swimming pool, provided with means generating waves 5621925
5628584 5/1997 Lochtefeld Method and apparatus for containerless sheet flow water rides 5628584
5664910 9/1997 Lochtefeld & Sauerbier/ Light Wave Boat activated wave generator 5664910
5667445 9/1997 Lochtefeld/ White Wave Jet river rapids water attraction 5667445
5738590 4/1998 Lochtefeld Method and apparatus for a sheet flow water ride in a single container 5738590
5766082 6/1998 Lochtefeld & Henry Wave river water attraction 5766082
5774906 7/1998 Ellis et al/ Aquatic Amusements Wave pool curbing system 5774906
5860766 1/1999 Lochtefeld & Sauerbier/ Light Wave Boat activated wave generator 5860766
5899633 5/1999 Lochtefeld Method and apparatus for containerless sheet flow water rides 5899633
5913636 6/1999 Macaulay Ocean waves producing means 5913636
5947829 9/1999 Grimes Method and apparatus for surfing on artificial surfaces [SurfSlide] 5947829
6019547 2/2000 Hill Wave-forming apparatus 6019547
6120211 9/2000 Raike/ Great Wave Air distribution valve for pivoting in two directions 6120211
6132317 10/2000 Lochtefeld/ Light Wave Containerless sheet flow water ride 6132317
6217256 4/2001 Inan Wave machine for liquids 6217256
6241422 6/2001 Makowski Method of constructing caissons for wave generators 6132317
6319137 11/2001 Lochtefeld/ Light Wave Containerless sheet flow water ride 6319137
6336771 1/2002 Hill Rotatable wave-forming apparatus 6336771
6460201 10/2002 Lochtefeld Method and apparatus for controlling break points and reducing rip currents in wave pools 6460201
6491589 12/2002 Lochtefeld/ Lightwave Mobile water ride having sluice slide-over cover 6491589
6629803 10/2003 McFarland Wave forming apparatus and method 6629803
6651268 11/2003 Briggs Interactive wave pool 6651268
6676530 1/2004 Lochtefeld/ Light Wave Contoured variably tensionable soft membrane ride surface for ride attraction
[application 2003/0004003]
6676530
6716107 4/2004 Lochtefeld/ Light Wave Containerless sheet flow water ride
[application 2002/0072422]
6716107
6726403 4/2004 Kriticos Device and method for forming waves 6726403
6729799 5/2004 Raike Pneumatic wave generator 6729799
6738992 5/2004 Lochtefeld Method and apparatus for controlling break points and reducing rip currents in wave pools 6738992
6912738 7/2005 Black Wave pool construction 6912738
6920651 7/2005 Roberts Surfing ring wave pool for generating multiple simultaneous endless traveling waves looping around a center island
[application 2004/0245780]
6920651
6928670 8/2005 Lochtefeld & Sauerbier/ Light Wave Moving reef wave generator
[application 2003/0119592]
6928670
6932541 8/2005 McFarland Wave forming apparatus and method
[application 2003/0198515]
6932541
7073977 7/2006 Unterweger Gliding device for surfboards 7073977
7144197 12/2006 Black/ Surf Pools Apparatus and method for controlling wave characteristics 7144197
7326001 2/2008 McFarland/ American Wave Machines Wave forming apparatus and method
[application 2006/0026746]
7326001
7367894 5/2008 Lochtefeld/ Lightwave Contoured variably tensionable soft membrane ride surface for ride attraction [withdrawn, see patent 7547255]
7478441 1/2009 Johnson Wave slide ride 7478441
7537414 5/2009 Raike Small pneumatic wave generator 7537414
7547255 6/2009 Lochtefeld/ Light Wave Contoured variably tensionable soft membrane ride surface for ride attraction
[application 2005/0148398]
7547255
7568859 8/2009 McFarland/ American Wave Machines Wave forming apparatus and method
[application 2008/0107486]
7568859
7658571 2/2010 McFarland/ American Wave Machines Barreling wave generating apparatus and method
[application 2008/0089744]
7658571
7666104 2/2010 Lochtefeld/ Light Wave Water ride attraction 7666104
7722290 5/2010 Johnson Transportable wave generating module and watercraft
[application 2008/0044230]
7722290
7722291 5/2010 McFarland Adjustable barreling wave generating apparatus and method
[application 2009/0185863]
7722291
7815396 10/2010 McFarland & Harrington/ American Wave Machines Reflecting wave generator apparatus and method
[application 2008/0085159]
7815396
7950875 5/2011 Benham Water feature device [standing wave generator]
[application 2009/0285633]
7950875
7951011 5/2011 Lochtefeld Method and apparatus for storing and transporting portable stationary sheet flow water rides
[application 2009/0176588]
7951011
8042200 10/2011 Webber/ Liquid Time Wave generating apparatus
[application 2009/0260146]
8042200
8088016 1/2012 Murphy Half-pipe water ride
[application 2009/0275416]
8088016
8262316 1/2012 Slater & Fincham/ Kelly Slater Wave Surface gravity wave generator and wave pool
[application 2010/0124459]
8262316
8303213 11/2012 McFarland/ American Wave Machines Wave generating apparatus and method
[application 2011/0188937]
8303213
8434966 5/2013 McFarland Sequenced chamber wave generator apparatus and method 8434966
8496403 5/2013 Lochtefeld & Sauerbier Wave pool with moving reef wave generator extension and counter current
[application 2010/0000014]
8496403
8516624 8/2013 Klimaschewski/ Action Team Artificial surfing facility
[application 2011/0099707]
8516624
8523484 9/2013 McFarland Wave generating apparatus and method
[application 2010/0135727]
8523484
8573887 11/2013 Slater & Fincham/ Kelly Slater Wave Surface gravity wave generator and wave pool
[application 2013/0036545]
8573887
8602685 12/2013 McFarland/ American Wave Machines Wave generating apparatus and method
[application 2013/0322967]
8602685
8622651 1/2014 McFarland Wave generating apparatus and method
[application 2011/0052322]
8622651
8641543 2/2014 Lochtefeld Method and apparatus for storing and transporting portable stationary sheet flow water rides
[application 2011/0237337]
8641543
8882604 11/2014 Lochtefeld/ Surf Park Flow divider for sheet flow water rides
[application 2013/0130815]
9044685 6/2015 Alleshouse & Yeh/ Pacific Surf Designs Water attractions involving a flowing body of water
[application 2014/0106890]
9068371 6/2015 McFarland/ American Wave Machines Wave generating apparatus and method
[application 2014/0105685]
9103133 8/2015 McFarland/ American Wave Machines Sequenced chamber wave generator controller and method
[application 2014/0115770]

Wave Generator Patent Applications

application number publication date inventor/ assignee document title [comment]
2006/0128487 6/2006 Johnson Generated wave propulsion water feature
2015/0057093 2/2015 Murphy Inflatable water attraction
2015/0065261 3/2015 Lochtefeld/ Surf Park PTE Flow divider for sheet flow water ride
2015/0119155 4/2015 Vicente Inflatable surfing apparatus and method
2015/0204093 7/2015 Smythe Method of creating variable rideable waves
2015/0209807 7/2015 Allehouse & Yeh/ Pacific Surf Designs Nozzle shapes and configurations for water attractions involving a flowing body of water

Funhouses and Appliances

patent number issue date inventor/ assignee patent title [comment] google link
496604 5/1893 Guth Labyrinth 496604
507159 10/1893 Von Prittwitz Palm Mirror-maze [Crystal Maze] 507159
545678 9/1895 Castan Mirror maze 545678
548796 10/1895 Bayuk Labyrinth [one way gates] 548796
572142 12/1896 Williams Maze [Mystic Moorish Maze] 572142
624405 5/1899 Tilyou Stairway 624405
641839 1/1900 Clay/ Lafferty Building for amusement, &c. 641839
648813
=RE11977
5/1900
3/1902
Tilyou Amusement device [vibratory floor] 648813
RE11977
652516 6/1900 Kotin/ Le Manoir a L'Envers Building or edifice constructed for producing optical illusions [upside-down house] 652516
690434 1/1902 Inshaw Pleasure device [shaking stairway] 690434
695444 3/1902 Carson & Cundell Cascade tumble 695444
700455 5/1902 Tilyou Stairway [safety improvements to 624405] 700455
725509 4/1903 F. W. Thompson Scenic apparatus [rocking platform] 725509
760032 5/1904 Snedeker Puzzle [maze] 760032
768303 8/1904 Ridgway Amusement apparatus [funhouse stunts] 768303
779329 1/1905 F. W. Thompson Amusement apparatus [vibrating walkway] 779329
783831 2/1905 Griffen Trick house [tilted house] 783831
789243 5/1905 Strickler Amusement device [moving floors for funhouses] 789243
834389 10/1906 Lynde Amusement apparatus [freely rotating platform with inclined axis] 834389
838797 12/1906 Mitchell Amusement apparatus [rotating floor disks] 838797
841173 1/1907 O'Donnell Amusement apparatus 841173
853642 5/1907 Lowe Revolving or rotary action maze 853642
872566 12/1907 Lacomme/ Eustace Roundabout [rotating terraced platform] 872566
879275 2/1908 Lacomme/ Eustace Amusement walk [oscillating floor-boards] 879275
883484 3/1908 Ridgway Amusement device [sinking floor and electric shocking handrails] 883484
883485 3/1908 Ridgway Amusement apparatus [freely rotating barrel] 883485
883568 3/1908 Ridgway Amusement apparatus [concealed air jets] 883568
884045 4/1908 Ridgway Amusement apparatus [vibrating platform] 884045
888246 5/1908 de la Mar/ Henry Amusement device [rotating floor disks] 888246
895176 8/1908 Gaynor Rotary building 895176
896481 8/1908 Taylor Apparatus for the amusement of the public [oscillating platforms] 896481
903632 11/1908 Tilyou Amusement apparatus [chute and rotating barrel] 903632
910417 1/1909 Ridgway Centrifugal amusement apparatus [rotary platform] 910417
914805 3/1909 Cross Amusement steps 914805
932904 8/1909 Ridgway Amusement apparatus [unstable rotating disk] 932904
933585 9/1909 Ridgway Centrifugal amusement device [chutes onto rotary platform] 933585
945604 1/1910 Ridgway Pit for amusement purposes 945604
953721 4/1910 Stubbings Amusement device [rotating platform] 953721
968803 8/1910 Ridgway Amusement apparatus [rotating platform] 968803
987555 3/1911 Combs Amusement apparatus [Under Niagara Falls] 987555
992999 5/1911 Tilyou Amusement apparatus [centrifugal platform] 992999
995388 6/1911 Tilyou Amusement device [chute onto rotating disks] 995388
1007745 11/1911 Snell/ Comings Appliance for public amusement [rotating platform with seats at periphery] 1007745
1013792 1/1912 Lusse & Lusse Roundabout [human roulette improvement] 1013792
1027437 5/1912 Ridgway/ Ridgway Construction Amusement apparatus [chute with jump] 1027437
1029904 6/1912 Allegretti Amusement device [climbing novelty] 1029904
1048152 12/1912 Gregson Amusement apparatus [Hell; with illusory elevators] 1048152
1058615 4/1913 Maynes Amusement device [trapdoor and slide] 1058615
1082699 12/1913 Maynard Amusement apparatus 1082699
1094948 4/1914 Strickler/ Federal Construction Amusement device for use in pleasure parks [unstable platform] 1094948
1133489 3/1915 Mauck Amusement device [irregular slide] 1133489
1218200 3/1917 Maynes Amusement apparatus [conveyor slide] 1218200
D52741 12/1918 Hodge Portable exterior front of an amusement booth or building [Bug House] D52741
1294701 2/1919 Pickard Moving stairway, switchback slide, and amusement device 1294701
1354744 10/1920 Heffernan Moving platform or staircase apparatus for purposes of amusement or diversion 1354744
1357520 11/1920 Ryan Amusement apparatus [human roulette wheel and maze] 1357520
1365419 1/1921 McFadden Amusement device [trapdoor & chute] 1365419
1367573 2/1921 Unger et al Collapsible seat 1367573
1376886 5/1921 Johnson Amusement device 1376886
1380730 6/1921 Miller Amusement structure [concealed chute] 1380730
1380731 6/1921 Miller Amusement structure 1380731
1400314 12/1921 Raymond/ Neble & Dentzel Amusement device [Noah's Ark] 1400314
1444636 2/1923 Nagle Amusement device 1444636
1445369 2/1923 Terry Amusement device [portable] 1445369
1454775 5/1923 Unger Amusement device [movable floor] 1454775
1473522 11/1923 Shepherd Amusement apparatus [blower] 1473522
D66443 1/1925 Whiteley Amusement device [dragon-shaped walk-thru] D66443
1544220 6/1925 Conrad Amusement house 1544220
1574503 2/1926 Maynes Amusement conveyor belt 1574503
1591722 7/1926 Miller Amusement structure [inclined building] 1591722
1619988 3/1927 Ridgway Amusement apparatus [funhouse trapdoor and slide] 1619988
1629258 5/1927 Conrad Amusement house 1629258
1633751 6/1927 Pontious Amusement apparatus [funhouse trapsdoor and slide] 1633751
1668620 5/1928 Whiteley Amusement apparatus [building and appliances] 1668620
1709877 4/1929 Read Amusement structure [Bluebeard's Castle walkthrough] 1709877
D78701 6/1929 Whiteley Amusement building front D78701
D78727 6/1929 Bishop Crazy house for amusement parks and the like D78727
1733919 10/1929 Stout Chair [given zig-zag motion] 1733919
D79998 11/1929 Thomas Amusement house D79998
1738752 12/1929 Thomas Amusement house [Bluebeard's Castle] 1738752
1883857 10/1932 Pickard et al Amusement ride [conveyor] 1883857
2068386 1/1937 Otis Amusement device [resilient surface] 2068386
2109555 3/1938 Spillman Amusement device [conveyor] 2109555
2170935 8/1939 Whiteley Amusement device [rotating cyclinder] 2170935
2187963 1/1940 Bartlett Amusement apparatus [rotating cylinder, illusion] 2187963
2268932 1/1942 Gatewood Contrivance for amusement and entertainment [water tunnel] 2268932
2961926 11/1960 Hoffmeister Reflective devices having multi-curved surfaces [Varioscope] 2961926
D249554 9/1978 Ott/ Dorney Park Coaster Co. Amusement park building D249554
4154439 5/1979 Landsborough/ Maze America Maze apparatus 4154439
4154440 5/1979 Rusk/ Maze America Walkthrough maze apparatus 4154440
5046720 9/1991 Bolly Ceiling-suspended walking maze 5046720
D330741 11/1992 Matsch/ Discovery Zone Combined amusement play area and an enclosing structure D330741
D330742 11/1992 Matsch/ Discovery Zone Combined amusement jumping mattress and an enclosing structure D330742
D330744 11/1992 Matsch/ Discovery Zone Combined amusement tube slide and an enclosing structure D330744
D343670 1/1994 Petersheim/ Restaurant Technology Combined amusement play area and an enclosing structure D343670
5364311 11/1994 Chou Collapsible labyrinth 5364311
5407391 4/1995 Monroe & Redmann/ Disney Negative bust illusion and related method 5407391
5474501 12/1995 Teng Maze 5474501
6036603 3/2000 Mason et al/ Universal Whirlpool simulation effect [for walk-through or ride] 6036603
6095927 8/2000 Malone Water maze 6095927
6119419 9/2000 Milanian Integrated building complex consisting of ship and iceberg building structures connected by tunnels 6119419
6132318 10/2000 Briggs/ SCS Interactive Interactive funhouse play structure 6132318
6575462 6/2003 Roy Maze structure
[application 2002/0125634]
6575462
6675538 1/2004 Candio Amusement maze [computer-controlled, configurable, modular]
[application 2002/0170241]
6675538

Funhouse-related Patent Applications

application number publication date inventor/ assignee document title [comment]
2005/0170901 8/2005 Savage Knockdown labyrinth framework
2015/0024856 1/2015 Lunde & Folckemer/ Technifex Apparatus for producing reconfigurable walls of water [water maze]

Last revised 23-Aug-2015

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