Construction update from 'Journey of Water Inspired by Moana' at EPCOT

Feb 02, 2023 in "Journey of Water Inspired by Moana"

Journey of Water Inspired by Moana construction - February 1 2023
Posted: Thursday February 2, 2023 8:34am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Construction at Journey of Water - Inspired by Moana is continuing at EPCOT, and here is the latest look at the area as seen from the monorail.

Journey of Water Inspired by Moana will open in World Nature at EPCOT in fall 2023.

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egg1 day ago

I didn’t even think of that!! I’m 100% convinced that this needs to be a mini golf course.

ToTBellHop1 day ago

This area might have once hosted golf balls but unfortunately the whole spine project was neutered.

Disstevefan11 day ago

I LOVE IT! Journey of Water Hazards, Inspired by Moana ;)

Disstevefan11 day ago

THIS WOULD BE SO COOL IF IT WAS MINI GOLF!!!!! I can see it now, mini golf in the shadow of the giant golf ball it’s self ;)

Bocabear1 day ago

But wouldn't this have been charming in DAK to replace the Chester and Hester area? A bad decision they will never be able to fix... I would love to see the final dollar number on what tis mini-golf/Splash zone water play area is costing.

MisterPenguin1 day ago

On hole 5, you get a Heart of Te Fiti swirly ball, and you have to chip it into the cup in her chest.

egg1 day ago

This whole thing looks like a mini golf course that’s missing the mini golf. The yellow number above could totally mark the location of hole #3. Disney, it’s not too late to change course!* *by change course, I mean add one!

lazyboy97o2 days ago

There is no need to test the fabric. Disney has a whole process of approving material suppliers and even direct sources a lot of materials that would typically be sourced by a contractor. They’d also require any materials to come with a warranty.

MisterPenguin2 days ago

No, just the things in the attraction, which includes a canopy.

SilentWindODoom2 days ago

The thing about those is that the majority of the experience is inside, so without being a part of the crew working on it or having an inside source, we'd have absolutely no idea how much work was actually necessary. We can see almost all of the progress here. Also, the finer details are more open to the elements, so them being done earlier is weirder. Unless... They're testing how everything responds to the water?

MisterPenguin2 days ago

They already have some water running through 'the journey.' I'm guessing that as the put the fountains online to test them, they'd want to have the canopy up to see how it interacts with the fountains. E.g., is it meant to create a dry spot in case of windy spray, and does it do that successfully. It only makes sense to run tests the way it will be for guests.

Disstevefan12 days ago

I just thought of a simple reason. Assuming Disney did their job and already know the material will stand up, maybe the workers simply wanted the shade.

Eric Graham2 days ago

Thank you all for all of the insights that you give new rides, history, etc. It's really enjoyable to read.

dmw2 days ago

Disney has backstage areas for that type of test. We saw some of the testing in progress in a behind the scenes tour of AK in 2019. It was actually very interesting to hear in the tour how different paint colors, plants, materials, etc. are tested backstage before they go on-stage.