Moving forward, entertainment of all forms will push to be more and more interactive. Gone are the days where you’ll be able to sit and passively watch a theme park show, as audiences now want to be an active participant. Take for example what was filed by Universal Studios on March 7, 2017. Their creative division has filed a patent for what they are calling a puzzle theater.
The hexagon above is one of many configurations mentioned in the patent. What makes this theater unique is that it can shift in various ways based on audience interaction.
This theater could then be broken apart into segments based on how the action plays out. Perhaps based on how they answer trivia questions, as an example.
The patent even lists how the theater could “break apart” based on seating configurations. There are a few ways to do this and they have covered their bases on how the floor could split and then come back together for loading and unloading. What isn’t made entirely clear is how audience members would be strapped into their chairs. For safety reasons, you’ve got to have some sort of seat belt system in place.
Because when this happens, people will start to lose their minds. Some may stand up and try to exit the theater due to motion sickness. Personally I’d love to see a way to evacuate this bad boy in case of a power failure. I’m assuming you’d either use small lifts or customizable stairwells.
Now the mind runs wild as to what this could possibly be used for and the interwebs is already speculating that this puzzle theater could replace Dragons Challenge at Islands of Adventure. While the replacement for the Dragons Challenge coaster is happening, this will not be the replacement for that particular ride. For now, let’s take a moment and speculate on what this could be used for. Thoughts?
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