Pharos

Experiencing the story of the lighthouse

This attraction experience was created for the 2019 WDI Imaginations Design Competition. We were tasked with creating an experience that explores and shares a natural or ancient wonder safely for a wide range of guests, at or near the original presumed location. The competition is a way for students and recent graduates to showcase their talents and for Walt Disney Imagineering to identify new talent.

For centuries, the harbors at Alexandria have shared their stories with millions of travelers from far beyond the Mediterranean Sea. To greet them, King Ptolemy II Philadelphus ordered the construction of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the first building of its kind. Surviving as one of the tallest man-made structures for over a millennium, the Lighthouse and its beacon split the stormy Mediterranean Sea as the shining first glimpse of the glory of Alexandria.

After war, the rise and fall of empires, and natural disaster, the last remains of the Lighthouse sit at the bottom of the harbor off the coast of Egypt, far beyond the reach of the public. In the modern day, travelers still visit the site of the glorious Lighthouse of Alexandria, unable to fully imagine the visual impact and splendor of the monument – until today. Ride on a merchant boat through the stormy Mediterranean Sea, witness the Lighthouse reconstructed from its ruins, and enter the Lantern Room to hear the story of the Lighthouse from its beginning to the modern day. Enter Pharos.

As part of a team of three, I worked on developing the concept and renderings of the attraction, conducted research regarding the classical history of the ancient wonder, and contributed copywriting to the overall experience. In addition, I aided with aspects such as the logo as well as the layout of the slide deck shown.

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