Disney is hosting an ImagiNations Design Competition for possible theme park designers of tomorrow and Utah State University has a team of students in the finals. The competition is about Imagineering and has six universities that made it to the finals. USU’s design team is made up of Jason Cooper, Adam Dambrink and Philip LeGoubin. ImagiNations is an annual program in its 21st year which allows participants to showcase talents and improve in design. This contest helps teams have a chance at a much-coveted paid internship position. The winning team will receive $3,000 cash, plus an additional $1,000 grant to be equally divided among its sponsoring university and organizations. The six universities involved are awarded a five-day trip to Imagineering in Glendale, California from January 30-February 3. Finalists include teams from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, Carnegie Mellon University, North Carolina State University, Savannah College or Art and Design, University of California-Berkeley and USU. The challenge given for this year’s ImgaiNation design competition was rather unique: “Imagine it is the year 3011. Disney has entertainment experiences all over the world, many which don’t even exist today. The human race is finally living on the moon and Walt Disney Imagineering wants to be the first one to provide entertainment and/or recreation to the new citizens there. What would you imagine that this new Disney experience could be?” The judges are going to judge this competition as if it was their own work. They want to make sure that the project or experience presented would be entertaining to families and not be something already experienced at Walt Disney theme parks. Once the submissions have been submitted they become sole property of Walt Disney Imagineering. USU plans on presenting a Disney galactic cruise line, which tours the solar system, called “The Oneiro.” Once people enter The Oneiro they will feel as if they have entered a seven-star resort. People will be able to look through large-scale windows of breathtaking views of the heavens. Using the latest technologies, riders will be able to customize gravity in their rooms. The ride will feature a posh shopping area and an Interstellar Sports Arena featuring guests’ favorite sports played in zero gravity. These are just some of the ideas the USU team plans to present. Besides winning prize money, this could be the chance of a lifetime for USU students. They will have the opportunity to meet with technical and creative imagineers from all around the world. Past winners of this competition have gone on to be current Imagineering employees, and some of the finalists may possibly be future designers of Walt Disney Park and Resort attractions.
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