Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 by Ben Pearson
Like virtually all industries, the theme parks were hit hard by the pandemic in 2020. But just because part of the year was spent with doors closed to the public, does not mean that there were no employees working hard behind the scenes to develop someone else. Level ideas on how to create brand new attractions.
A patent recently emerged for a potential The legend of Zelda ride, and showcases some surprising designs that, if implemented, will result in an adventure park experience unlike any other. In addition, Universal has unveiled some new details on how Power-Up Bands will work in the company’s Super Nintendo World.
Possible legend of Zelda Ride
There is no guarantee that this will actually happen, but one of the concepts discussed internally at Universal was to replace Islands of Adventure’s Lost Continent with a legend of Zelda land. This area has already been decimated thanks to the Hogsmeade expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and with the lost continent’s ancient, mythology-inspired, rock-heavy theme, it’s easy to imagine how the existing structures and designs can become updated fits the Zelda brand.
The most exciting prospect is that a brand new Zelda boat trip was planned, and a patent for new driving technology paints a fascinating picture of what it might look like.
It begins as a traditional boat trip, with riders floating down a river in a boat car similar to what you would see in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean. But as the patent shows, things get very interesting about halfway. That’s when a track system picks up the ride from above and literally lifts it out of the water, turning the ride from a floating to a flying for the rear half until it finally returns to the water and the attraction ends.
The idea is that it should fly riders over the Hyrule Kingdom. The same technology can also be used elsewhere to pick up grounded vehicles, and Orlando Park Stop tells us that the technology has been rumored for a possible dark ride on a not yet built Wizarding World in Universal’s nearby Epic Universe in Florida. (Flying car, anyone?) Of course, all this remains unconfirmed, and it all seems to hang in the balance until Universal makes a final decision on how it will approach that area of the Islands of Adventure.
Super Nintendo World Power-Up Band Details
Meanwhile, ComicBook is pointing us to a new landing page for Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands. We wrote a bit about these earlier, but they are bands that are meant to provide an improved experience for those who use them in the park. When you “hit” a block while wearing one, you hear a coin noise, and a virtual coin is deposited in the park’s app on your phone. Hitting a POW block can trigger a Koopa animatronic, etc.
The new information here is that these bands will have functionality with the Nintendo Switch, giving players an amiibo version of any character represented on their band, and allowing them to control that character in amiibo-enabled games on that device. You can learn more here.
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