Nearly 300 students from Hong Kong and mainland Chinese institutions entered the “Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong Design Competition 2018”. This is an annual competition which encourages students to use their imagination to design new experiences. The Disney ImagiNations Competition was first launched in the United States in 1992. Hong Kong held its first Disney ImagiNations Competition in 2011! The winning team are invited to Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI)’s headquarters in Glendale, California! With the chance to meet experienced Imagineers and finalists of the U.S. contest, visit model shops and preview new Disney projects. They will also be considered for job interviews and internships, plus a six-week work experience at HKDL.
This year, students had to recreate a natural or ancient wonder as a new “exploratory experience with exceptional imaginations”- Hong Kong Disneyland.
This year, there were 70 entries and 8 teams of students entered the final stage showcasing their creativity and design talent. The winning team received their awards from Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, who was the Guest of Honor. Edward Yau praised the students for their talents and the impact the competition has on young people. He said that he has seen many past applicants flourish to become design or creativity professionals. Many of whom joined the Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), Asia, while others found their own careers in the creative industry. He also praised Disney for their long-term commitment in contributing to society and highlighting the importance of imagination, commitment and determination within the creative industry.
Mariam Im, Acting Managing Director, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, said “HKDL has for many years leveraged on our expertise in creativity and entertainment to organize this competition, providing a platform for students to showcase their imaginations and creative talents. This is the first year the competition allowed cross-college teams with the aim of encouraging collaboration among talents from different universities and tertiary institutions.”
The winners of this year’s “Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong Design Competition 2018” goes to Dilara Polat and Yasmin Baratova from SCAD Hong Kong. They chose the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the world for the story alongside their own characters. Their concept called “Time-Quake” would take guests on a thrilling ride through time. The judges selected their concept for their strong story-telling abilities by incorporating different time periods in the same location. The judges believed that guests would find the constantly changing scenery to be very exciting. The winning team said they were looking forward to visiting the WDI’s headquarters and hope to join Disney to continue their creative journey once they graduated!
The 1st runner-up goes to Chan Sze-wah and He Jingsu from the University of Hong Kong who designed the theme park Oasis using the background of Babylon. There are two 2ndrunners-up this year from the University of Hong Kong and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. All the designs come with different themes to bring new exploratory experiences to guests.
Congratulations to the winners and all the applicants that entered the competition!
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