Have you ridden Soarin’ Around the World and noticed that you can smell scents that correspond with the scene on the screen? This is thanks to a technology called “smellitzers” that dispense a scent, similar to an air freshener, to help immerse guests in a story.
Disney is trying to improve that technology so that different scents can be blended for a more realistic sensory experience. The new technology would allow a scent to be introduced gradually instead of all at once, as well as introducing multiple scents for a more seamless experience.
The patent application doesn’t outline where this technology could be used, if ever, but possibilities include Soarin’ Around the World, the upcoming Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and others. Introduction of this technology would require renovations of current smellitzers technology in existing attractions, so use in new attractions still in development is more likely in the short term.
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