Ex-Universal Studios creative director sues Disney for allegedly raising ideas about Star Wars Journey

Ex-Universal Studios creative director sues Disney for allegedly raising ideas about Star Wars Journey


Monday 15 November 2021

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by Alex Galbraith on Monday 15 November 2021 in a 12:54 PM

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A former Universal Studios executive has sued Disney, claiming that theme parks used a ride-on element he created in building Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Luis Alfieri claims to have demonstrated his patented technology to Disney years before the flight was completed. The former creative director of Universal Studios claims that Disney used his idea without compensation. Alfieri said he suggested riding the tower using screens synchronized with the passenger’s movement.

Alfieri said in his lawsuit that he informed Disney of a potential violation last year, and Disney responded that it would not offer him compensation. He filed a lawsuit over the allegations last week.

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In his lawsuit, Alfieri notes that Disney already has tower rides that use the screens and for decades. However, he believes that his patented system is an improvement over older iterations seen in games like Tower of Terror and that Disney used this system in designing their ride.

Alfieri is seeking an unspecified amount of compensation.


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