PHOTOS, VIDEO: Moana Meet and Greet Replaces a Portion of Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Moana Meet and Greet Replaces a Portion of Walt Disney: One Man's Dream
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The mystery construction inside off Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was finally completed yesterday when a Moana character meet and greet was unveiled, just in time for the new movie hitting theaters.

Wait times and hours for the meet and greet are posted outside of the exhibit
Wait times and hours for the meet and greet are posted outside of the exhibit

The meet and greet replaces a large portion of “The Legacy Continues” section of the exhibit which featured models of Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and other display pieces.

The entrance, just steps away from the 1964-65 World's Fair exhibit area and Walt Disney's EPCOT
The entrance, just steps away from the 1964-65 World’s Fair exhibit area and Walt Disney’s EPCOT

While it will utilize a pager system to let guests know when it is time to get in line, I needed up waiting about 30 minutes yesterday when the system was not in use.

The pagers, not in use at the time
The pagers, not in use at the time

The space is surprisingly well-themed, with a rocky grotto constructed, complete with a projection based waterfall. The rest of the experience is mostly wall-stickers and small plants, but it is cute enough for something temporary.

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There are no ropes separating guests in the switchbacks, just lines in the “sand”. I have too wonder if this will continue to work…

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Moana has a backdrop straight out of the film, flanked by tropical rocks and plants.

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Our interaction with Moana was pretty awesome, especially considering it was her first day meeting with guests. You can see that in our video below:

While I lament the loss of exhibit space, I understand the need to have this in the park and it has been a noticeable void since the Magic of Disney Animation closed last year. In fairness, it is in “The Legacy Continues section” of the attraction and the latest animated film is certainly continuing in the traditions of Walt Disney. I am curious if the rest of the exhibit will return when the expansion of the park is completed, but we will have to wait to find out.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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