College Students Receive Awards for Innovation and Creativity in Walt Disney Imagineering’s 29th Imaginations Design Competition

A team from United States Naval Academy, along with a team from Texas A&M University and a team from Savannah College of Art and Design walked away with the top honors from Walt Disney Imagineering’s 29th Imaginations Design Competition.

Imaginations has served as a prestigious design competition with the purpose of discovering and nurturing the next generation of Disney Imagineers from a diverse array of disciplines and skillsets. Founded in 1991 by former Imagineering executive and Disney Legend Marty Sklar, the program has alsogrown to include separate local versions sponsored by Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort.

For this year’s competition, teams were challenged to create an iconic installation at the contestants’ own campus or city that served as an inspiration, honored the past, and was a vision of the future. It could be architectural, ornamental, static or active — whatever the team felt was the best way to represent their unique chosen location.

First place was awarded to Allison Annick, Elijah Vernon, Franchette Allarey, and Kathryn Fung from United States Navel Academy for Starboard Port, an installation raised off the coast of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the “Sailing Capital of the World.” It is a place of reflection, discovery and adventure.

Twenty students from six teams were finalists in Walt Disney Imagineering’s 29th Imaginations Design Competition. In addition to the three top-placed teams, the other finalist teams came from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Laguna College of Art and Design, and one additional team from Savannah College of Art and Design.

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