Disney has filed for a new patent that may change how guests experience entertainment in their hotel rooms. With the Star Wars Resort looming on the horizon, Disney’s patent aims to bring immersive entertainment directly to guests without them having to leave their room.
As seen on The DIS, the patent titled “Multimedia System for Transforming Any Room Into a Show Environment” may also cover immersive entertainment in other types of rooms, but the main focus appears to be on the hotel rooms themselves.
Some specifics on the patent:
“The in-room show system generally includes a controller for selectively operating a display device (e.g., a television or the like), a video projector, an audio system (e.g., one or more speakers), and other show components (e.g., one or more lights (which may include black lights), a fan, a mechanical device (e.g., mechanical props), electrical devices (e.g., illusionary props), and so on). Media content is predefined for the room or is provided in real time to suit the room, and the controller operates … to serve the media content to tell a story and/or magically transform the space into a multidimensional and immersive entertainment space.”
In other words, the patent covers all of the “show” elements that could turn a normal hotel room into one that may add to the experience of staying at the Star Wars Resort, or some other highly-themed location.
As always, patents are never a guarantee. Disney, and companies like Disney, file patents all of the time that never come to fruition. That being said, this is one patent that seems pretty grounded in reality and may make an appearance at a future Disney hotel.