Water ride

  • US 10,500,508 B2
  • Filed: 03/03/2015
  • Issued: 12/10/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/13/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A slide feature for an amusement ride adapted to carry a rider or ride vehicle sliding thereon, the slide feature comprising:

  • an inrun permitting ingress of the rider or ride vehicle at a first elevation,an outrun permitting egress of the rider or ride vehicle at a second elevation, wherein the first elevation is higher than the second elevation,a sliding surface in communication with the inrun and the outrun, wherein the sliding surface comprises a two-dimensional, planar surface portion substantially in the geometric shape of a sector of a closed curve,wherein the slide feature provides that the rider or ride vehicle, at least partially urged by gravity, slides along the sliding surface from the inrun to the outrun in an arcuate path,wherein the sliding surface is oriented at a pitch angle around a pitch axis, the pitch angle being measured relative to a horizontal plane,wherein the sliding surface is oriented at a roll angle around a roll axis, the roll angle being measured relative to the horizontal plane,wherein the pitch axis and the roll axis are mutually perpendicular, andwherein at least one of the pitch angle and the roll angle is nonzero.

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