FIRST LOOK: Music & Water Features Activated at Journey of Water Inspired by ‘Moana’ in EPCOT Way Ahead of Announced Opening Timeline

Shannen Ace

FIRST LOOK: Music & Water Features Activated at Journey of Water Inspired by ‘Moana’ in EPCOT Way Ahead of Announced Opening Timeline

During a trip to EPCOT this week, we could hear “Moana” music playing from Journey of Water Inspired by “Moana” as Walt Disney Imagineering continues tests on the attraction. The pace of work is accelerating to a greater speed than originally anticipated.

‘Moana’ Music Comes Alive

The first video in our Tweet below features an instrumental version of “We Know the Way” from “Moana.”

The second video shows water flowing over the Journey of Water entrance structure featuring Te Fiti’s swirl symbol. We saw testing here as far back as October 2022, too. Imagineers recently stated they have “begun to teach water how to play” at the new interactive walkthrough attraction.

Journey of Water


In our most recent construction updates, it has looked like Journey of Water is near complete, with only testing remaining. In April, Disney shared a video of water flowing through the attraction. The walkthrough attraction may include some MagicBand+ interaction.

Journey of Water Inspired by Moana concept art 2

Journey of Water concept art shows flowing waterfalls as well as water jumping over pathways. Next to a body of water is a giant statue of Te Fiti. It’s in the World Nature neighborhood of EPCOT.

“Along with Moana as a steward of water conservation, Te Fiti is a symbol of how we should protect and nurture water wherever we find it,” Reid Ekman, Lead Concept Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, wrote on Disney Parks Blog.

This is an important theme in Journey of Water, where guests will learn more about how water travels from our skies to the ocean, and back again. This story will unfold along a lush trail inspired by the environments and art style of the beloved Walt Disney Animation Studios film.

At Journey of Water, guests will “engage with water in a variety of ways as they learn about water’s amazing ‘journey’ around our natural world, including ways to better conserve our natural resources and protect water.” Imagineers “hope everyone feels inspired to connect with water as a friend, just like Moana did in the film!”

According to CEO Bob Iger, Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” is the last step in the years-long EPCOT reimagining. It’s expected to open later this year, along with Dreamers PointCommuniCore Hall, and CommuniCore Plaza.

Check out our list of every new attraction coming to Disney Parks in 2023, which includes Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.”

Are you excited to embark on a voyage into the world of Moana? Let us know in the comments.

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