A New Patent Suggests Disney Is Planning a Captain America-Themed VR Ride

Friday, 23 June 2017 - 12:07PM
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Friday, 23 June 2017 - 12:07PM
A New Patent Suggests Disney Is Planning a Captain America-Themed VR Ride
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One of the big unsung triumphs of the MCU is the fact that Marvel has managed to make the action of Captain America throwing his shield look both plausible and visually impressive. There's a certain satisfaction in watching it bounce around a room full of enemies before making its way back to perfectly land in Steve Rogers' outstretched hand.

Soon, this experience may be available to all, if a new patent from Disney means what people think it means. The patent, which details a replica Captain America shield that can be "thrown" by the user before bouncing around in augmented reality, is believed to be part of an upcoming attraction at a Disneyland theme park that will add to the Guardians of the Galaxy ride that's recently been completed.




If this turns out to work the way that Digital Trends thinks it will, the ride will be similar to the VR Toy Story Mania ride, where guests are able to take part in the ride by knocking down bad guys in an augmented reality environment. In this case, the shield will be flung forward by guests, who will watch it bounce around in front of them, hitting Hydra villains, before it returns to rest on their arms, ready for another throw.

It's not quite the joy of weaving between two Imperial AT-ATs at high velocity, but it's pretty cool nonetheless.

If this is the plan, though, it's going to need some delicate fine tuning before it'll work in a ride setting. Toy Story Mania works because park guests are firing nerf darts from a toy gun, a fairly static motion. For attendees to get a satisfying swing with their VR shields, they'll need a lot more room to swing their arm around, because no matter how much Disney might insist that you don't need to throw the full weight of your body into the action, there'll be people who refuse to approach this ride with anything less than unbridled, dangerous enthusiasm.

Still, though, if Disney's talented Imagineers can find a way to make this patent feasible in a ride setting, we could soon have the chance to fling Cap's shield for ourselves, and enjoy the satisfying crack as some poor Hydra goon gets their face bashed in by a flying projectile. Don't feel sorry for them, they have skulls on their uniforms. That makes their pain hilarious.
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