The 2021 Cornell Theme Park Design Competition offered $7000 in prizes! The annual competition brings together upcoming young talent in the attractions industry. “With another year of record submissions and an increasingly global representation, the competition was steep, qualified, and representative of the young blood our industry has to look forward to in the years to come.” says Mark Stepanian, President, and Chief Experience Officer at CAVU.

Teams had to imagine a vision for a themed area, crafting theme, technology, and strategy to create professional proposals. A panel of industry experts assessed submissions for creativity, feasibility, and attention to detail.

The competition included five distinct challenges:

  • Concept Design 
  • Master Planning
  • Technical Flat Ride Experience
  • Water Experience Development
  • Innovation

This year’s Overall winners were Patrick Cusimano, Thomas Wiwchar, and Emily Torres from Carleton University.  They describe their concept, the Uncanyon, as a mysterious hidden land where “urban legends like Bigfoot, Nessie, the Jackalope and aliens” have come to seek cheaper tuition. The design is built around guest curiosity and allows visitors to roam freely without the need for queues. They also won two of the design challenges, Water Experience Development and Technical Flat Ride Experience.

Click here to request more information on the design.

Instagram: @patrickcusimano, @thomaswiwchar, @torres.creative

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