What’s Next? Disney patents offer clues to theme park technology

Walt Disney World is always evolving, creating new experiences that guests are sure to enjoy. Currently, there are many updates happening across Disney property. Epcot has a major transformation in process, Magic Kingdom is adding Tron, let’s not forget about the new Star Wars resort being built. But what’s next? Our friends at Fox 35 Orlando recently put out the following information that might offer a little bit of insight-


Millions of people each year are amazed and entertained by the fantastic effects and shows Central Florida’s theme parks serve up. Creators like Disney’s “Imagineers” are constantly pushing the envelope, trying to come up with more ways to thrill visitors.

“Like so many people, I started my career out of school at Disney, spent about 14 years there, everywhere from Orlando to southern California and finished in Paris in 1993,” said Bill Coan, a former Imagineer who is now president of ITEC Entertainment, a theme park effects company and consultancy.

Coan talked with us about some of the patents that Disney staff had recently filed and the glimpse they give into the latest tech they’re using at the parks.

“The definition that you see in those pages of narrative and the diagrams is a very small part of what they’ve already developed in the designs,” he said.

In the case of their latest filings with the U.S. Patent Office, Imagineers are working on a range of projects, including drones, augmented reality and next-generation image projection. Coan says often when it comes to their patents, Disney files them once Imagineers already started putting them into use.

“Let’s assume that if they are applying for the patent, the development of this is well along and that it has an application in their park or show already,” Coan said.

Coan says when it comes to wowing the crowds, Disney continues to set the bar for others.

“Let’s just say that in the entertainment industry, everybody’s always interested in what Disney’s doing.”

Whatever Disney has planned, I’m sure it will be magical!

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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