First Look At Moana Inspired Journey of Water Attraction Coming To EPCOT


EPCOT is being changed and if you’ve recently visited the park you’ve seen that there are construction walls up all through the middle of the “spine area.” On the west side towards The Land, Journey Into Imagination and The Seas with Nemo and Friends, is construction on a new Moana inspired, walk-through attraction, called ‘Journey of Water.’

This new area will be in a section of the park now called “World Nature.” This is the area of EPCOT (in what was called Future World and I will continue to call it that) on the west side.  EPCOT’s new “neighborhood” (Future World West) is “dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty, awe, and balance of the natural world.”  I guess that makes sense given The Land and The Seas with Nemo and Friends are in this section.

Journey of Water will allow guests to explore and engage with water as it travels from our skies to our oceans and back again. Walt Disney Imagineering partnered with artists and cultural consultants from Walt Disney Animation Studios to bring this experience to life.

Now the Disney Parks Blog has shared a “first look” at some of the elements they are working on for the new area.

Here is the original concept art:

(Photo Credit: WDWNT)
(Photo Credit: Disney)

Fans of ‘Moana’ will see familiar elements from the film and Moana will also be featured.

Here’s a look at the current progress:

Imagineer working on Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana attraction at EPCOT

Here is a foam maquette of the Moana design for the attraction. Principal Dimensional Designer, Jim Towler is shown sculpting the maquette.

Principal Dimensional Designer, Jim Towler, sculpting the foam maquette of Moana for Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana attraction


This gives you a glimpse into the earliest stages of our design process, before paint and additional details have been added. Once the pose of the character is defined, sculptors add detail and texture until the emotional expression of the carving is just right. We then do a paint study and often create full-scale samples to test final materials and carving techniques. This process ensures the production and creative vision for the experience align.

Another example presented by the Disney Parks Blog, is a rock formation featuring the recognizable spiral shape from the ‘Moana’ film. You can see this was featured in the concept art above.

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana attraction at EPCOT


A great source for seeing the progress on Journey of Water is @bioreconstruct on Twitter!


What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Sources: Disney Parks Blog, @bioreconstruct

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