Zamperla, JRA, WhiteWater and FORREC announce Cornell theme park design winners

Zamperla, the Italian ride manufacturer, Jack Rouse Associates, a leading experience designer, WhiteWater, a leading waterpark manufacturer, and FORREC, a leading entertainment design specialist, have presented the winners of the Cornell 2019 Theme Park Design Competition.

The Cornell Theme Park Entertainment Group is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Theme Park Design Competition. A group of students from University of California, San Diego has bagged the top prize with a project entitled ‘Glacier Gorge’.

During the presentation, at Luna Park in Coney Island, New York, UC San Diego students Kristy Liou, Nicklas Lee, Matias Ricardo Lee Choi, and Aaron Nhan were named as the winners. They will receive $2,000 for their project.

The runners-up are all students from the Savannah College of Art and Design. ‘Solara’a’ was designed by  Arielle Spencer, Carlos Ginatta, and Emma Oliver. ‘Marvelous Island’ was designed by Maripaz Alfaro, Lauren Bizzigotti, Rachel Fugate, and Jasmine Currey. Each runner-up project will receive $1,000.

Design challenges

The competition also included challenge prizes for the projects with the highest score in each of the four deliverables. These were Concept Design, Master Planning, Technical Analysis, and Development. The winning project, ‘Glacier Gorge’, also swept all four of these challenges. This means the team will get another $2,500 in prizes.

A panel of industry professionals assessed the submissions. Panel members were Gordon Dorrett, Executive Director at FORREC; David Ferguson, Art Director at Jack Rouse Associates; Timothy Jacobi, Prototyping Engineer at Zamperla; Stefan Lawrence, Creative Director at The Hettema Group; and Kelly Sall, Product Manager at WhiteWater West.

The challenge was to develop a design for a new themed land. The land had to include one flagship attraction, one refreshment venue and one retail venue. The projects needed to demonstrate a coherent narrative and a novel integration of new technology. 64 teams of students took part in this year’s competition, from 44 universities.

Last year’s winners were a team of students from the University of Florida with a project called ‘Cryptid Creek’.