Illuminations: Urban Reflections (Semi-Finalist)


Proposed Platform:

Blimp, LIDAR, Projection Mapping, Mobile


2 months



Team Leader, Artist, Story



The prompt was to create an experience that modified an urban environment into an entertainment hub for its inhabitants. We sought to create something not for just one city, but for many cities. Our goal was to extend the magic of Disney to cities all across the globe. In particular, those that are out of reach of a Disney Theme Park.



Team Members:

David Liu

Joel Ogden

Tim Rosko




- The project was conceived by the Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Team and created for the 2014 Walt Disney Imagineering’s Imaginations Design Competition


- This project is the sole property of Walt Disney Imagineering and all rights to use these ideas are exclusive to Walt Disney Imagineering


- The competition is a way for students and recent graduates to showcase their talents and for Walt Disney Imagineering to identify new talent






How can guests from all over the world experience the magic of Disney? The answer is simple: bring the magic to their front door. Illuminations: Urban Reflections is an extension of Epcot’s famous Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.  The show lights up your city in ways never seen before. Our friend Rafiki comes to your home town to plant a new Tree of Life. From that tree bursts forth an explosion of life and color with awe inspiring views from Disney Nature in the heart of your metropolis. Explore the African Savannah, brave the dangers of the Amazon, and marvel at the vastness of the deep blue sea! Keep an eye out as you may see some of your favorite Disney characters lurking in their natural environment. Unleash your curiosity by exploring the Earth’s most remote areas. See what the fish see. Gain perspective through a true birds eye view. Gaze upon nature’s breathtaking creations, and get a sense of its true character.  Imagine views that only Disney can provide, projected on a screen larger than any ever seen--the walls of our cities. Use your cell phone to connect to the show and have a personal experience like no other. Guests will have the experience of a lifetime as we track their position, allowing them to interact on a personal level with the animals closest to them. Let us show you a world you never knew existed through the eyes of the creatures who live there. Let us experience nature, together.


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