Cornell opens theme park design competition for college students

February 2, 2017, 2:57 PM

Last week, I wrote about Walt Disney Imagineering's annual Imaginations design competition for college juniors and seniors in the United States. A team from Iowa State University won that competition, in which Disney flew six top teams to Southern California for a week of meetings and presentation with Disney's creative leaders.

That competition, obviously, has closed for the year, but aspiring theme park designers don't need to wait until next fall to enter an industry-backed design competition. Cornell University has just opened applications for its theme park design competition, which is open to all college and university students, regardless of major.

Backed by Haverford Systems' HSI Immersive and with companies such as Dynamic Attractions, The Producers Group, and International Theme Park Services involved in mentoring teams, the competition's design prompt challenges students "to integrate new 3D technologies into an attraction package for a national theme park brand."

Teams must include two to four students, current enrolled in an accredited college and university. You can learn more about the competition, and submit an entry, via

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