Disney Imagineering Announces Winners of Student Design Competition


Every year since 1991 the Imagineers at Disney have launched a contest asked college students to send in their biggest, brightest, and most magical ideas for a new park, attraction, hotel, or other concept. The theme this year for the Imaginations Design Contest was to create an idea that will transform and improve a city. They received over 200 applications, and the top six teams were invited to Glendale, California to tour the Imagineer headquarters and present their ideas.

First place went to the team from Carnegie Mellon University, and their winning concept detailed a multinational festival that would link people from all over the world. In second place were the students from California Institute of the Arts, and the team’s idea was about creating a unique way to explore Rome’s art history. And third place went to the students from UCLA, with their idea to bring people from Rio de Janiero together for an Illumination Extravaganza. Each idea sounds interesting and Disney-esque, especially with the emphasis on culture and international events.

The competition is not only great for giving the Imagineers new inspiration for future projects, but it also helps shed light on what the future generations of Disney may look like. What do you think of the winning ideas? Would you like to see these kinds of concepts implemented at Disneyland or WDW?

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About Katie Brockman

Ever since I first saw 101 Dalmatians when I was a toddler, I've had a love for the Mouse. I grew up waiting for the day I could finally visit the happiest place on Earth (still hasn't happened yet, but it will!) and watching endless marathons of The Lion King, Toy Story, and Lady and the Tramp. Nowadays I keep myself busy going to school full time earning my business degree. In my off time, I enjoy reading, writing, browsing Pinterest, and keeping the world on top of the latest advertising trends with my blog The Advertising Outlet.
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One Response to Disney Imagineering Announces Winners of Student Design Competition

  1. This Happy Place says:

    Where was this when I was in fifth grade? DX I spent most of my school hours designing new ideas for Disney World attractions!!!!!!!!! Of course, I couldn’t draw back then though, so it would have been laughed at had I been able to submit anything, but still! I would have very much loved to do this!

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