Awarded 2nd Place in Walt Disney Imagineering Competition 2018.

Claire Puginier : UX Design / Interaction Development & Animation / CAD Modeling and Rendering

Cameron Hoss : Project Management / Concept Development / CAD Modeling

Cory Pickering : Show Set & Architectural Development 

Emily Sasaki : Visual Development / Illustration


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Spaceport Hashima is a thriving interplanetary terminal surrounded by a world-class luxury destination resort, research and development facilities, museums, world renowned restaurants and lively night-life. Located just a few miles off the coast of Japan, Spaceport Hashima is an epicenter of both traditional and modern Japanese culture.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted by local island ambassadors that will help them embark on their adventure. As for guests with interplnatery itineraries, arriving for the mandatory 48-hour-pre-launch period will prove to be an out of this world experience. With a diverse range of educational and entertainment options, many guests will opt to arrive a few days early to have time to explore all the island has to offer.

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As the first spaceport in the eastern hemisphere, Hashima's Spaceport is Japan's gateway to the stars. It is the heart of the new industry on the island that draws scientists and tourists to Hashima. Additionally, it promotes innovation and opens up new opportunities for Japanese citizens. The Spaceport is a unique design in that all spacecrafts are launched from large floating barges. These barges dock into the terminal for boarding and then cruise out to a safe distance for launches and landings.


The Intergalactic Terminal is inspired by Earth's global community and Japanese architecture. The interior of the terminal is open and characterized by its panoramic window that gives onto the launch barges and allows travelers and island guests to watch the rockets propel out to space.

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Serving as wayfinders and information points, the Holoports are distributed throughout Hashima Island and the Intergalactic Terminal. The displays can be used to call up maps and flight information, update travel itineraries, carry out check-in and reservation changes and discover more about the history and hidden wonders of Hashima. To create the holographic display, water is condensed and collected out of the surrounding air. When a guest connects to the display sensor using their AstroWatch, the water is evaporated into cool steam using ultrasonic technology and compressed before being propelled out of the perforated surface. RGB lazers at the center project into the curtain of compressed steam, forming a three-dimensional visual display. 



At check-in, every guest is issued an AstroWatch that will serve as their all-in-one remote and access pass to Hashima’s facilities and attractions. The AstroWatch connects to devices such as the Holoports which are distributed throughout Hashima in order to allow guests to locate themselves and keep track of their travel itinerary. The central element of the watch acts as a scroll wheel, which connects via Bluetooth upon touching it to a Holoport’s sensor, and enables users to interact with the displays. Furthermore, the AstroWatches are customized to each of our guests, allowing them to charge food and merchandise directly to their travel account.

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A recreational astronaut uses her AstroWatch to check her flight schedule at a Holoport as she plans her adventure-packed journey. 

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Beyond connecting to the Holoport, the AstroWatch allows you to connect and interact with our wayfinding robot, GuBo. This sweet and friendly guide bot is personalized for each individual guest. GuBo's functions include taking you around the island and talking about the rich history of the Spaceport. Additionally, he is programmed to answer any questions you might have regarding your stay and travel in your native language.

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Aspiring young astronauts and their families can take an in-depth look into what the future holds for explorers of the final frontier. A planetarium showcases the grandeur and wonders of space exploration as captured by previous guests' interplanetary journeys.

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Families get the chance to come up close and encounter the sea life surrounding Hashima's shores. The Marine Biology Center reveals the marvelous ways in which the ocean plays her role in our ecosystem. The advantages and methods of mariculture are taught through interactive educational exhibits.

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Guests have the opportunity to explore flora that is being tested and prepared for transport into space. This modern greenhouse showcases the latest in hydroponic and organic fertilization technologies that are further being developed and implemented in ecosystems on other plants such as Mars. 

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The Biotope is comprised of a multilevel system and a tapered roof that allows the space to maximize its exposure to sunlight. The smart tinting windows are programmed to reduce light and heat for more delicate species and mimic different planets' temperatures and light cycles.  


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The Torii Amphitheater's stage has daily productions ranging from traditional Japanese theatre and water-puppet shows, to contemporary performances and concerts. The stage is positioned on the southeast side of the island, framing a backdrop of mainland Japan. 



Hashima is home to two unique museums: the Hashima History Museum and the Japanese History Museum. The Hashima History Museum celebrates the unique history and contributions of Hashima to Japan. This museum is the gateway to undersea coal mine tours where visitors explore and relive the experience of coal mining in the 1850's in Japan. The Japanese History Museum immerses visitors into the rich history of Japanese culture and technology. 

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This world-class resort offers a variety of room options and is filled with amenities. The resort sits on the northern side of the island, overlooking the marina and Spaceport.

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Hashima also celebrates many different festivals throughout the calendar year. Most notable is the Tanabata Festival, or Star Festival, where the meeting of constellation Vega and Altair is celebrated with a parade of brightly colored Yukata and paper lanterns that resemble the Milky Way Galaxy.



Guests are invited to experience a variety of traditional foods during their stay. This restaurant, located on the upper floor of the history museum, offers meals from full course dinners, to picnic-style bento boxes to take out and enjoy. 

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All of the island's activities are family-friendly and designed for a wide range of ages and interest demographics. Here a child and his parents are learning about marine life at the aquaponics pond.


Ride in self-contained mine carts that allow you to travel through the pathways created deep beneath the earth by the former miners of Hashima. Learn about the lives of the workers, their tools, and their techniques.





Claire Puginier

UX Design / Interaction Development & Animation / CAD Modeling 

Cameron Hoss

Project Management / Concept Development / CAD Modeling

Cory Pickering

Show Set & Architectural Development 

Emily Sasaki

Visual Development / Illustration



The project was conceived by the Team Spaceport Hashima from Savannah College of Art and Design and created for the 2018 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