'Journey of Water Inspired by Moana' construction update from EPCOT

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'Journey of Water Inspired by Moana' construction - January 5 2021
Posted: Friday January 7, 2022 11:09am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The first look at EPCOT's 'Journey of Water Inspired by Moana' from the new year shows little major progress since previous updates.

Work still appears to be concentrated on utility and infrastructure, with numerous trenches and cleared areas visible throughout the site that is part of the newly named 'World Nature' area of EPCOT.

Some of the vertical structures are more apparent, which will presumably shape some of the landscape of the walk-through experience.

According to Disney, this first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, “Moana,” will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

The new area will be located in what was Future World in approximately the area previously occupied by the Innoventions West building leading towards the Living Seas. Innoventions West and all the buildings on that side have been demolished as part of the work.

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dreday36 hours ago

If nothing else, I think this water feature will at least be very pretty.

J45466 hours ago

WHatever they end up doing in the central area of the park, I hope its lush and colorful.

danlb_20006 hours ago

Saw this permit today. The address is for Innovations West so I assume this is for Moana. 2000 AVENUE OF THE STARS(FACILITY 201) - Install show set structural supports Contractor is Adena. You can see their trucks in some of the photos of the construction.

FerretAfros3 days ago

Fountains, statues, and multi-purpose outdoor spaces are all very much in the purview of landscape architecture. A quick image search will show that these are all relatively standard elements that are included on the website of nearly every landscape architecture firm in the country. The details may be different (similar to how a theme park building differs from a typical building), but none of the basic elements are outside the scope of what's traditionally categorized as "landscape architecture." Landscaping isn't just flowers, shrubs, and trees. It's all the glue that holds together the non-building areas of a theme park, and what can separate the "good" parks from the "great" ones. It's the organizing principle that defines the park layout; it's the quiet corners where you can escape the crowds of the park; it's the walkways, benches, trash cans, kiosks, and more that fill the in-between spaces in memorable ways. The elements under construction in Epcot may be really nice. They may allow future alterations or additions. They may become sentimental locations for some guests. But they are landscaping. The middle of the park has been torn up for 29 months (and counting) for landscaping. Nothing we've seen would indicate otherwise.

networkpro3 days ago

I hate to be realistic, but if they dont have an itemized list of its features that can be compared to what is delivered, you'll just have to be grateful with whatever shows up. Just like Magic Kingdom, they are building on top of a tunnel.

Bocabear3 days ago

I thought the "Festival Area" was just going to be an event lawn...IE artificial turf patch of nothing...What is there to prepare? When and if they ever decide to build something they will rollup the turf, Scrape the ground again and build.... And I don't think anyone really knows what the heck they are building for Journey Of Water... It's a fountain, It's an educational Exhibit, It is not a water play area, It is not just a landscaped Water Feature... It is completely vague....

dreday33 days ago

I want a t-shirt that says "I'm just here for the Water Feature". W and F capitalized so you know that it's a big deal. :D

MisterPenguin5 days ago

Well, they are also working on the new show fountain, dreamers point, and prepping the 'festival area' in such a way that they can add a big edifice later. Not saying they aren't taking their time about it, but it's more than a landscaped water feature.

DisneyDebRob5 days ago

Come on now. They had to get the new store Creations open first. Now that they have that revenue coming in they will get right on Moana. Dancing water takes time.😎

James Alucobond5 days ago

I'm excited to see it and do look forward to it. I just mean that there's very little chance of it being worth the financial investment to the average guest when the result, while shiny and new, doesn't really increase the number of attractions in the park or fix anything that was inherently broken.

Nunu5 days ago

Should've said "worth it to those excited about this". Hope it's attractive, too.

RSoxNo15 days ago

If anyone is expecting anything beyond a nice walking path, they will be disappointed.

Patcheslee5 days ago

Looking at the current walkpaths, come GotG opening there will be alot more congestion getting to and from that ride alone. The sooner they open this area the better.

James Alucobond5 days ago

I don't really think there's much chance of it being "worth it", generally speaking. Even as originally envisioned, it's mostly just a shifting around of pre-existing functionality. I do look forward the walls being gone and hope it's attractive, though.