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Disney’s Upcoming AR Rides Will Not Require Glasses

New patent reveals that visitors will be able to view AR experiences while walking through Disney theme parks

Lately, Disney has been getting into AR technology. On Disney Plus Day, the amusement park and children’s entertainment giant released a short, augmented reality film, Remembering, starring Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson. In April, the company partnered with Snap to create an AR mural in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Now Disney has filed a patent for theme park rides that utilize AR technology without requiring guests to wear augmented reality glasses.

In December 2021, the U.S. government granted Disney a patent for developing virtual experiences within its theme parks and other properties. According to the patent filed, Disney guests will be able to experience augmented reality features while strolling through Disney Land and Disney World. Essentially, Disney will be melding the virtual world with the physical one.

That patent filing states that Disney’s virtual world simulator will “allows a viewer with eyes positioned at the left and right eye box positions to perceive a three-dimensional (3D) virtual object in the physical space concurrently with light from physical objects or scenery in the physical space,”

Basically, two images, one on the left and the other on the right, will be over-imposed on a transparent surface in front of a ride which will merge the two images, allowing park guests to view a 3D image with their eyes alone.

Disney has always strived to incorporate new technologies into its parks, with over 300 patents to date. From the Audio-Animatronics added in the 1960s to utilizing projection mapping tech in firework displays, Disney stays up to date with the tech industry. While it isn’t known exactly what kind of AR experiences the company has in mind, one thing is for sure. Disney’s virtual world simulator will only make Disney parks feel more magical.

The Disney Metaverse

Considering the vastness of the Disney empire, it’s no surprise the company has plans for a metaverse of its own. Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke of the company’s metaverse plans during its Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results Conference Call. The company has since hired former Apple Games executive Mark Bozo to helm its metaverse team.

Written By

Jack Brassell is a freelance journalist and aspiring novelist. Jack is a self-proclaimed nerd with a lifelong passion for storytelling. As an author, Jack writes mostly horror and young adult fantasy. Also an avid gamer, she works as the lead news editor at Hardcore Droid. When she isn't writing or playing games, she can often be found binge-watching Parks & Rec or The Office, proudly considering herself to be a cross between Leslie Knope and Pam Beasley.

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