Patent Number: 6,254,489

Title: Amusement attraction with man-made tornado

Abstract: An amusement attraction is housed within a building. The building contains several different settings. Each setting contains a variety of scenic elements. One setting acts as a pre-show and includes an audio-visual presentation. A second setting is designed to resemble a tornado-damaged building. A third setting contains various scenic elements designed to resemble an outdoor scene. In the third setting, a special effects show takes place that includes a man-made tornado. Other special effects are used to simulate the effect of the tornado on the scenic elements in the outdoor scene. Guests can safely view the man-made tornado from a guest viewing area.

Inventors: Drobnis; Nicholas H. (Universal City, CA), Hanna; Craig R. (Universal City, CA), Hettema; Philip D. (Los Angeles, CA), Hightower; James H. (Orlando, FL), Magpuri; Cecil D. (Orlando, FL), Newquist; Edward S. (Glendale, CA)

Assignee: Universal City Studios, Inc.

International Classification: A63J 5/02 (20060101); A63J 5/00 (20060101); A63J 5/12 (20060101); A63J 5/04 (20060101); A63D 005/08 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018