Friday, February 3 was the final day of competition in Glendale, CA for three students from Utah State University trying to win a contest for the best design for a theme park ride. It is an annual competition sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering. There are six universities left in the competition. The winner will bring home $3,000 cash plus an additional $1,000 grant to be equally divided among its university and/or organizations. The three contestants from USU are Adam Dambrink, Philip LeGoubin and Jason Cooper. Dambrink and LeGoubin say one of the main things they have learned from the competition so far is learning how to collaborate with one another as a team. Dambrink says, “You have new people and new ideas at the competition that help take your project to the next level.” Cooper says he has learned that Disney theme parks are a step above everybody else. They have rides that can bring every emotion out of you. They can make you laugh, cry, smile, be scared, etc. From what he has seen Disney theme parks are a step above everybody else at this point. Since they have been at the competition Disney has been extremely helpful to the universities while they are in Glendale. They said if they needed help with anything or had a question, anybody who could help them would. The design these students created for the competition is a Disney Galactic Cruiseline called “The Oneiro.” It’s about riding a cruise ship in space and experiencing a full spectrum of gravity. People on the ride can experience zero gravity, gravity of the moon, earth gravity, or any form of gravity in between depending on where you are at. While experiencing these levels of gravity the rider will get to visit restaurants, theaters and other things people would find on a typical cruise ship. This would all be done while going through space. This is just part of what “The Oneiro” is about. People on the ship would also get to see Disney characters and get to see story telling along the way. Going to California and this contest with Imagineering has been quite an adventure for these students. The judging for the contest was done Friday afternoon to find out which university wins the competition. Some finalists from this competition have become future designers of Walt Disney Park & Resort attractions.
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