Six college teams will travel to Glendale, Calif. to compete Jan. 25-29
In a few short weeks Courtney Irby, a senior in the School of Media Arts & Studies studying games and animation, and Media Arts & Studies alumnus Geoffrey Backstrom, BSC ’15, will be traveling to California to participate in the 2016 Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition.
The Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition focuses on searching for the next great theme part designers by offering a different twist on a typical design competition. This year the competition asked college students across the United States to create an immersive Disney Park experience that will travel across the country so that families can have a park vacation, without traveling a great distance.
Irby and Backstrom were joined by two other teammates for this project, Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts Katie Eastman, BFA ’15, and David Borning, a drama design major at the University of Washington.
Together the team created the concept of Mickey’s Magic Garden to give families a complete Disney Park experience.
Mickey’s Magic Garden (Ohio University / University of Washington): A miniature, traveling theme park, bringing Disney magic to small towns across the country, this proposal would entertain families with custom designed rides, walk-thru attractions, character greeting experiences, and a wide array of themed dining opportunities.
Each finalist team is awarded a five-day, all-expense-paid trip to Imagineering’s main campus in Glendale, California, from Jan. 25 to 29, where they will present their projects to Imagineering executives and take part in an awards ceremony on Jan. 29. Finalists also have an opportunity to meet and network with Imagineers, go behind the scenes where Disney magic is created, and interview for paid internships during their visit. The top three placed teams will be awarded cash prizes, and an additional $1,000 grant will be awarded to the first place team, to be equally divided among its sponsoring universities.
To read the official press release about the Walt Disney 25th Imaginations Design Competition, click here.
Original article by Claire Berlin