Shanghai Disney Resort announced plans to launch Disney Imaginations Shanghai, a design competition based on Walt Disney Imagineering’s Imaginations Design Competition, in Shanghai for the first time this summer.

About Disney Imaginations Shanghai:

  • Seeks and nurtures the next generation of diverse dreamers and doers who combine storytelling with the latest technologies to create immersive experiences for Disney theme parks, resorts and attractions.
    Students from select universities across Shanghai will be invited to participate in the competition where they will use their technical, artistic and creative skills to propose hypothetical concepts for an entertainment-focused experience or product.
  • These projects are not intended to be built by Disney but serve as a creative exercise for the participating students and an opportunity for Shanghai Disney Resort to look for future theme park designers.
  • The finalist teams will compete for the first place award during the final competition hosted at Shanghai Disney Resort.
  • The winning team will be eligible to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience at Walt Disney Imagineering  in Glendale, California, fully sponsored by Shanghai Disney Resort.
  • Members of the winning team will also be offered an internship at Shanghai Disney Resort, where they can gain unique educational and professional industry experience.


About Imaginations Design Competition:

  • Started in 1991 by Disney Legend Marty Sklar
  • The annual Imaginations Design Competition is renowned for seeking out the next generation of Disney Imagineers.
  • Some participants go on to internships or full-time positions at Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Inspired by the idea of this acclaimed design competition, the Disney Imaginations Hong Kong was launched by Hong Kong Disneyland Resort in 2011.

Participating Universities in Inaugural Disney Imagination Shanghai Design Competition:

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Shanghai Theatre Academy
  • East China University of Science and Technology
  • Donghua University and University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, with support from the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission.
  • Starting next week, Shanghai Disney Resort will launch a roadshow at these select universities to introduce more details and call for applications.