Project challenge

The project centered around the question of "In what ways can you create an experience that explores and shares these wonders safely for a wide range of guests at or near the original presumed location?". Based on one of the wonders of the world each team was to design all aspects of their proposal, the look, the engineering, the experience and more. Some of the key considerations we had to keep in mind were honoring the environment and local ordinances, the history of the region, being able to share the experience with the group, the integration of traditional methodologies and advanced technological solutions, the inclusion of the whole team's expertise and telling a family friendly story. On top of this we were not permitted to use any existing intellectual property under Disney nor were we allowed to use augmented reality in the experience of our resort.

Initial Ideation

Throwing together ideas and sketching at the speed of light, topics of discussion were location, shape, size, activities, and how those might all fit together into being a place people go to.

Narrowing down our concept

We began to realize we had a lot of ideas. we spent some time thinking about what we valued about our concept and what we wanted to get across to give ourselves a better sense of direction.

Developing Illustrations

Since the project was to be displayed to the judges in a power point presentation I spent a considerable amount of time researching and creating discussion in the team on the illustrations. Since they were going to be presented in this way they needed to not only be immersive and attention grabbing but also informative to really place the audience in this world we have created. To develop the imagery we decided on what we wanted to draw attention to and I would use my expertise in this area to suggest a way to frame those qualities and flesh them out using research on native plants and culture.

Completed first submission

After a very literal amount of blood, sweat, and tears we submitted our project less than 12 weeks of meeting up outside of school had finally materialized and come to a close. Little did we know... that wasn't the end.


Back to the drawing board

For finals we were no longer working within any kind of submission constraints so we were able to more fully develop some of our ideas for our final 15 minute presentation. We would also be allowed one standard 6 foot table and 2 poster places. Working smarter not harder, we decided it would be to our benefit to create a model for the table display but also leverage it in generating slide content.

Model Prototyping

We know that developing the central building of our resort was going to be the most interesting concept but how? we tested several variations and sizes. It became difficult to imagine the scale of the space we were working with so with a tape measure in hand we took several excursions to various entryways, round buildings and spaces we felt we could incorporate into our designs. At times even masking off areas with blue tape to understand whether this would  be a comfortable and realistic fit for our resort.

Building the Model

This came with its own engineering challenges. We chose materials that would be light and workable but would also survive the trip to California from Texas in a box or suitcase. For this reason we designed it so that the top two floors would be removable and interlock with the rest of the model at a later point. We then took it outside and had a photo shoot to use these images later in our slides.

Artwork Behind-the-scenes

It's very important for me to show that being a painter is like being a magician, you can create a moment of explainable wonder but only after hours of messy practice and many blunders. Here you will find a mix of work in progress photos, sneaky fixes and ridiculously helpful reference photos.

Final Presentation

At the end of it all we had performed a 15 minute presentation about the features of our resort. Below youll see a gallery of the slideshow as we presented it and a picture of our team. The entire scope of the project lasted from early October right through to February. Although we did not place, we did emerge as one of the top 6 teams in the nation and will all be returning in the summer of 2019 to participate in various internships with the imagineering. Thank you Juan Felipe Suarez Padilla, Scia Verma, and Nicole Bariuan for stickin' it through.

We did it!

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