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Disney ImagiNations Winning Team


The Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong design competition has been held annually since 2011. Created and sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), the 2015 competition invites participants to come up with a design concept set in 2035. A team of students from PolyU, namely Fong Chun Leong Tommy, O Yan Yan Yannie, Wong Chun Hei Zachary and Yeung Chun Yan Gary, joined the competition in June 2015 and were awarded first place. They will be travelling to the WDI Headquarters in the US in the last week of January 2016 on an exchange trip to present their design to participating teams from all around the world.

Their winning design concept is based around the Star Wars saga, pitched at the ideal time along with the upcoming release of the seventh episode. They came up with an entirely new zone, which in itself is sub-divided into three zones. What caught the judges’ attention was how these three zones are strung together to put park visitors through a journey of becoming a Star Wars Jedi Knight, and the amount of thought the team put into the detail, including the design of rubbish bins.

From the left: O Yan Yan Yannie, Yeung Chun Yan Gary, Wong Chun Hei Zachary and Fong Chun Leong Tommy with their winning design
From the left: O Yan Yan Yannie, Yeung Chun Yan Gary, Wong Chun Hei Zachary and Fong Chun Leong Tommy with their winning design

Below are some of the graphics they put together to present their design concept:

Desert setting in the first zone of Star Wars Land

Desert setting in the first zone of Star Wars Land

Their originally conceptualised Jedi City in the second zone
Their originally conceptualised Jedi City in the second zone

A pod-racing ride in the second zone

A pod-racing ride in the second zone

A lightsaber battle between park visitors and the Star Wars villains in the third zone
A lightsaber battle between park visitors and the Star Wars villains in the third zone

Tommy, Yannie, Zachary and Gary joined the competition upon seeing it promoted through their academic department. They all thought it would be a precious opportunity to use their creativity and widen their exposure. To them, their experience in the competition was not disappointing at all. They discovered it to be a mentally stretching and stimulating journey – every step of their design project had to be carefully and strategically planned. Some of them doubted whether they could carry it through, but they all learned at the end that it is important to take a leap of faith when embarking on anything that requires risk.

For more about each of their individual perspectives on their experience of the competition, click on the links below:

Fong Chun Leong, Tommy

O Yan Yan, Yannie

Wong Chun Hei, Zachary

Yeung Chun Yan, Gary

 

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