Woodbury University may not have placed in the final round of the Walt Disney Co.’s annual design concept competition, but for one student, the journey will pay dividends.
Mario Salazar scored a coveted paid internship in the Blue Sky department of Disney’s Imagineering operation.
“Blue Sky is the conceptual department at Imagineering,” Salazar said. “All ideas come out of here.”
Salazar and his Woodbury teammates — Manuel Grijalva, Kryzzalia Lopez and Aileen Ung — made it to the final round of Disney’s ImagiNations Design Competition with their concept, “Genie’s Magic Carpet Tours.”
During their presentation to a crowded room of current Imagineers, students explained how the experience of their concept, “Genie’s Magic Carpet Tours,” would begin before guests even board. Guests would stroll the streets of the fictional city of Agrabah, perusing tables of trinkets, jewelry and fruits.