Glendale, CA – Eleven college students representing three universities, will have the experience of a lifetime when they visit Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale for two weeks (June 2 to 11) as finalists in Walt Disney Imagineering’s 18th ImagiNations Design Competition. In the real work environment of Imagineering’s offices in Glendale, the students will complete their prototypes for future theme park attractions and make presentations of their projects, as actual Imagineers would, for review by Imagineering executives.
ImagiNations is a program designed and sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering, the design and delivery arm of Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide, to encourage students and professionals from a diverse array of backgrounds and skills to consider careers in creative and technical fields including digital arts, engineering, and next-generation interactivity. Many participants in previous competitions have become employees, after receiving this two-week working experience as part of being a finalist.
This year’s three teams represent California State University at Fullerton, North Carolina State University, and Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, selected from entrants from all over the world.
NC State Team members include (left to right):
- Corban Prim is an Art + Design major.
- Ashley Wagner is an Art + Design major.
- Steven Varela is a graduating senior at North Carolina State University with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
- Morgan McCormick is a 2009 graduate with a B.A. in English, a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Japanese.
Mickey’s Quest To Magma Mountain is a motion simulator thrill ride that features a circular seating arrangement for an immersive 360-degree, 3D experience. Each time guests ride, they will get a new view of the action and hear unique dialogue; but no matter what, each guest will always experience the full story. Mickey’s Quest to Magma Mountain targets guests of all ages, is wheelchair accessible, and has been designed to be compatible with Disney’s “FastPass” system.
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Students in worked while enrolled at NC State under the direction of faculty members in Engineering, Design and English.