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New Interactive, Simulated Thrill Ride Opens in Epcot at Walt Disney World

posted on October 14th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We have news to share about a unique experience at Disney Parks. And if you’re the type of person who craves interactive, personalized adventures, well then it’s great news.
Sum of all Thrills - Epcot

The first-ever Innoventions ride at Epcot Theme Park, The Sum of all Thrills, presented by Raytheon, has officially opened to the public. It’s a simulated thrill ride that counts on your creativity and brain power. You innovate and then experience the creation in a state-of-the-art robotic simulator. How it works is simple.

Three vehicle choices appear at each design station: a roller coaster, bobsled or jet. Using a multi-touch, object recognition table, you use tools such as rulers and speed dials to design a ride. Corkscrews, inversions and steep hills are recommended.
Sum of all Thrills - Epcot

Sum of all Thrills - Epcot

After designing, the information is saved on a special card. The card is then swiped at a “launch station” and your creative work is instantly uploaded to the simulator. Next, you enter the simulator’s seating chamber where a 3-D video hood is placed over your head and upper torso. Now, the fun begins — twists and turns come alive in first-person point of view.

Walt Disney Imagineering worked with Raytheon to create and design The Sum of all Thrills. It’s really about math and science presented in a way that can inspire a new generation of mathematicians, scientists and engineers. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

More information about the Sum of all Thrills can be found at www.innoventions.disney.com.

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6 Comments

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Jackie from WA on October 14th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

This sounds sort of similar to the roller coaster simulator @ DisneyQuest! We just missed it ~ a fabulous reason for me to start planning another trip!

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Karen from NJ on October 15th, 2009 at 8:19 am

Wow! We, too, just came back from WDW so now I have something new to see on my next trip! This will be closest I ever come to piloting a jet or riding a bobsled, for sure!

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Joseph on October 15th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

We always make it a point to visit Epcot during our Orlando trips and are thoroughly committed to “Soarin’” each and every time. This new simulated thrill ride sounds like yet another reason for us to frequent Epcot! Thanks, Mickey!

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Jonathon from MA on October 15th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

How is this a new technology? I think the “Virtual roller coaster” technology has been around for years. I’ve seen it 5 years ago at WonderWorks, and I’m not sure, but it may have been in DisneyQuest Interactive. What is the difference?

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Robert from FL on October 16th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

The websites linked in the article do not have more information on the Sum of All Thrills – despite the article saying otherwise.

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Karen from MA on October 17th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

This looks terrific. My son can’t wait to try this out during our trip in 2010.

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