Hang On! A Look at DINOSAUR’s Enhanced Motion Vehicles

Whether you personally care for the DINOSAUR attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or not, you must admit that the vehicles taking you on your treacherous, turbulent journey are very effective in getting that whole “you’re-going-through-a-jungle-during-a-meteor-shower” effect across. And because of it’s realistic movements, it improves the ride quality and believability greatly. So what does it take to make this jerky ride so jerky?

DINOSAUR has one-of-a-kind ride shells called EMV’s, or Enhanced Motion Vehicles. Disney Imagineers came up with the design and patented it. The blueprints for the mechanical aspect of it is seen below.

The EMV’s, or Time Rovers as they are named for the storyline, are very complex and can offer a wide range of motion beyond normal ride vehicles. They are specially made shells with hydraulic and pneumatic arms underneath to raise the shell, and tilt it up, down, left, and right.

This is great because it adds another sensory element to the ride. When something occurs during your journey, such as a Dinosaur encounter, or a lightning strike, or even a meteor hit, the vehicle can “respond” to these effects – making it seem that much more real.

On a side note, if you’ve seen History Channel’s “Modern Marvels: Walt Disney World”, they show some cool shots of the EMV’s of DINOSAUR being tested and programmed behind the scenes. For a few seconds, you can see them really making it jerk every which way fairly fast. I’m not sure if that’s actually in the ride or not, but I didn’t know just how much it could tilt before I saw that – it had to be at least five feet each way!

Photo by ep4919.
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