University Students Honored for Innovation and Creativity in Disney Imagineering’s Imaginations Competition

Recently, we introduced the finalist teams and their creative projects for the Walt Disney Imagineering 2015 Imaginations design competition. We’re pleased to share with you the winners from Ringling College of Art & Design (pictured above). Their project, “The New Orleans Double Rail,” is a symbol of hope for a city whose greatest challenge is its location below sea level. The lower train uses modern-day projection technology to tell the story New Orleans by creating a magical and unforgettable sightseeing experience as guests soar over the city aboard the suspended Double-Rail train.

As you may remember, students were challenged to apply some Disney magic to transportation within a major city. Last month, the six teams of finalists visited Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California, and had the opportunity to meet and network with Imagineers, go behind the scenes where Disney magic is created and interview for paid internships. After presenting their projects to the judging panel, the winners were announced during an awards luncheon on January 30.

Other winners include the team from Art Center College of Design for who were awarded second place. Their project, “The Wunderkinds,” journeyed through Zurich to spotlight the intricacy and integrity of Swiss craftsmanship. Highlighting Switzerland’s most famous products—chocolate, the Alps and timepieces—the team found that these shared a sense of joy, adventure and imagination, encompassed by the feeling of “wonder” as the true heart of these crafts. “Wonder” is the theme—and thus the Wunderkinds were born.

Third place was awarded to the team from Drexel University for their “Woollahra,” which connects the districts of Liverpool, Hornsby and Sutherland to a main station in the central business district of Sydney, Australia. Also an interactive experience, Woollahra unites Sydney, both geographically and spiritually, using the campfire, a long held place of storytelling and culture, to gather people to share traditions from the past and vision of what is to come.

Congratulations to this year’s winners and all of the finalist teams in the 2015 Imaginations design competition.

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