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2015-12-09
PolyU champions set for a year-long creative journey with Hong Kong Disneyland

PolyU Team consists of four Engineering students claimed the championship, beating out over 200 competitors, at the Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong Design Competition 2015 by their innovative project called “STAR WARS LAND”.

55 teams from universities and tertiary institutions in Hong Kong and mainland China joined this year’s Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong Design Competition to imagine and design innovative and entertaining experiences for Hong Kong Disneyland in the year 2035. At the award ceremony held at The Hong Kong Disney Resort on 9 December 2015, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So presented prizes to the winning team as the Guest of Honor and encouraged them to continue their creative journeys.

Team leader Wong Chun Hei (BEng in Product Analysis and Engineering Design) and his teammates Yeung Chun Yan (BEng in Product Analysis and Engineering Design), O Yan Yan (BEng in Product Analysis and Engineering Design) and Fong Chun Leong (BEng in Product Engineering with Marketing) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University — all of whom are Star Wars fans — convert the classic Star Wars movie to a brand new guest experience. According to their concept, the legendary starship Millennium Falcon serves as the land’s major landmark. Guests can experience a number of movie settings that are linked together, including the Jedi Temple and Death Star space station. Guests can go on an underwater adventure in a submarine and then board a spaceship headed to Galactic City. From there, they can join the Jedi and take part in a fight with Star Wars characters.

One of the judges, Mr Kelly Willis, Director, Creative Development, Walt Disney Imagineering Hong Kong, praised the team saying, “Their intricate designs and layout plan showed a good sense of space and layering. The project successfully couples multiple attractions, a themed parade and workshops with popular Star Wars stories and settings, demonstrating how to execute design theory and techniques in a project.

As part of their grand prize, the championship team will have the opportunity to go to the Walt Disney Imagineering headquarters in California, U.S.A. in January 2016 to participate in different exchange activities, with full sponsorship from Hong Kong Disneyland. They will share experiences with other winning teams from the competition in the United States. After that, the winners will have an eight-week work experience back at Hong Kong Disneyland. The Disney ImagiNations Competition has been a mainstay in the United States for 24 years so far. Hong Kong is the first region outside the United States to organize the competition. By joining the competition, students learn to combine art with technology and imagination with construction to create their own unique concepts for Disney resorts and attractions through a series of training activities.