or sometimes just a passing thought.

Theme Park Ride Idea – Blind

Blindfolded participants navigate a large empty smooth surface. The participants wear headphones with position/orientation sensors and a computer system generates a realistic acoustic image of a city scape. Participants must navigate construction sites, busy streets, wild animals, and open sewers without visual input. Overhead fans, water misters, and, scent generators would be used to enhance the experience.

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Carnival Hotel

Date of Original Idea: April 10, 2012

There are hotels that are converted this-and-that’s.  Planes, harbor cranes, fallout shelters, wine casks, castles.  How about a bunch of converted carny rides.  All set up inside a big hanger (a converted airplane hanger!).  Vomitproof seats removed and replaced with semi-comfortable bedding, at least as comfortable as possible while retaining the original characteristics of the ride.  Some of the rides would operate in order to be useful, such as the ferris wheel.  Some would operate, but very slowly, such as the carousel or the tilt-a-whirl, and some would stand idle such as roller coasters.

Possible converted rides

  • Ferris wheel
  • Carousel
  • Tilt-a-Whirl
  • that one that spins and holds you against the wall (would have to operate to keep sleepers from falling over)
  • Bumper cars
  • Tunnel of Love (aka the honeymoon suite)
  • Demon drop type things, have you dangling free

Can get started by watching for deals here.  Although it looks like it’d be cheaper to buy an old Motel 6 and let people sleep in the elevator.

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Wind Powered Ferris Wheel

Date of Original Idea:  17 Jan , 2011

Eco-Friendly Fun!  A giant ferris wheel, much like the London Eye, but bigger.  With turbine blades in the middle and a generator on it just like a wind turbine.  Control the loading of the generator to slow down the ride to an acceptable level.  People enter the loading structure and either take the elevator or climb the stairs (something like the Eiffel Tower to the first level).  From there they can shop, eat or ride.  On days when the wind isn’t blowing they can buy a t-shirt that says “I went to the EcoWheel and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt”

When the wind is blowing in the right direction and people are willing to drive out to it, this thing will rival other regional sight-seeing destinations!

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Her name is Lola

Date of Original Idea:  October 2010

Know the Manalow song Copacabana, or Kopakobana, or Kuppecohana, or whatever it’s called?  It’s a nice little story about a cocktail waitress and some violently jealous men.  Wouldn’t it make for a great ride at DisneyWorld?

Here’s the pitch:  A dark ride (which isn’t what it sounds at first) where you mount up on a moving vehicle that just keeps going round and round, but instead of a vehicle it is a little platform for you to stand on, lean slightly forward, and put your hands on the hips of either the next person in front of you, or a plastic person installed to reduce the creepiness of dark rides and touching other people, so that you form a long conga line.  Then you ride through the rooms describing the different scenes of the song, hearing the song cycle and cycle.  And during the catchy little tune between the parts of the song, while you conga through to the next room, the platform that your standing on waggles.  Left right left right.  Making your tush, along with all the other tushes in the conga, do the conga.

It will be a hit!  Del Monte could sponsor it.

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