With @RMichael21's departure from hosting The Amazing Race, that leaves a slot open for the June-August run. Season 14 of So, You Want to be an Imagineer ended in spectacular fashion with Basketbuddy scoring the coveted title of the game's first two time winner against Snoopy in a photo-finish 4/3 vote. That being said, I feel like some of the merge rounds of season 14 suffered due to the hectic school schedules many of the contestants were facing. This is why I've decided to so quickly move ahead into a season 15. I want to have as active a season as possible, and a cast that's filled with new faces.
As you might already know, the big twist this season is that each and every project will be themed around a Universal Studios park...namely Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Orlando, or Universal Islands of Adventure. For simplicity's sake, we'll keep it stateside. The goal of the season, as the title suggests, is to "unite" the beloved Universal franchises into the 21st century and built a better vision of what the parks could be. This will entail 12 concepts with themes ranging from Jaws, Back to the Future, Universal Monsters, new lands, park overhauls, special events, and all the in betweens. It's a roster of Universal projects meant to stand toe to toe with the most classic IPs that Disney has to offer, as it should be with the studio's long and treasured history.
BlueDragonFive will be the co-host and will provide his critiques in podcasts that we PROMISE will be much more consistent than season 14's spotty upload schedule. Dragon won't be playing a role in the boards but instead act as an on-screen advisor. I'll be the forum presence as always and the main host. Together Dragon and I will be judging each of the projects and discussing them at length in the weekly videos. We aim to make this the most interactive season yet!
Were aiming for a roster of 15 contestants. If season 14's whopping 22 people in the starting line-up is any indication, we might have to make some cuts. With that being said I'm more leaning towards casting new players over veterans this time around. I definitely want maybe 3-4 vets to act as "anchors" for the individual teams, but in terms of casting I'm aiming to get as many new people who are ready to dive into a fun summer of competitive Imagineering. I imagine @spacemt354 will be able to help in that regard.
So join us, shall you? As we embark on the most entertaining and fun season of the game yet...
So, You Want to be an Imagineer
Season 15: Uniting Universal
Sign Ups: Thursday, June 1st
Start Date: Friday, June 9th