The theme park’s latest published patent is for an “Interactive Game Floor System and Method,” which looks as if the floor of a ride is a video game screen that interacts with the ride car. The patent appears to try to blend the traditional mechanics of a bumper car system with a bottom screen that can change as the rider drives the vehicle over parts of the screen — like a Pac-Man car that drives over a screen that simulates a giant Pac-Man maze.
Here’s what the patent says:
Ride attractions having vehicles, such as cars or bumper cars, have long been popular. In bumper cars, vehicle riders attempt to “bump” into other vehicles. The vehicles may be powered via a power source in the ceiling and move within an arena. The vehicles may be painted or patterned according to a particular theme, and may be able to accommodate one or more riders. With the increasing sophistication and complexity of modern ride attractions, and the corresponding increase in expectations among theme or amusement park patrons, improved and more creative ride attractions are needed, including ride attractions having more complex vehicle movement and features.