Walt Disney Imagineer shares a ground-level look at Journey of Water Inspired by Moana

Aug 19, 2022 in "Journey of Water Inspired by Moana"

Posted: Friday August 19, 2022 1:37pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley has shared a new ground-level look at EPCOT's latest project - Journey of Water Inspired by Moana.


Zach said on Instagram, "It was great to spend the day on our project site for Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana – the new attraction coming to the World Nature neighborhood of EPCOT. Many years go into designing these experiences and nothing beats seeing the real thing in its own “state of becoming.” Our guests are following along on this work from the monorail above our site, so I thought it would be fun to share a few views with you from on the ground, right in the middle of the process."

"The craft of creating rockwork is a blend of art and science, and seeing this carving and sculpting progress live is one of the things I love most about my role as an Imagineer. I joined the project team for a walk of the site alongside Imagineers Scott and Robert, two of our leaders overseeing the project. The range of textures are inspired by real world formations – all the way down to the tiniest details and variation that, when finished, should be impossible to distinguish from the real thing."


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JohnD2 days ago

I went with a family with an 8 year old boy. He absolutely loved it. The father, maybe not so much. LOL. Epcot needed more kid friendly attractions and this fits the bill.

Bocabear2 days ago

It was absolutely mobbed when we were there 2 weeks ago...no big line to get in, but the paths were packed full of people, there was no time or space to enjoy the little effects and things, and by the time we got to the TeFiti area, there were so many people taking selfies that you could not even really see the TeFiti figure and the area... It was a major clog point. I would have liked to have gone back later in the day to see if the crowds went down, but it was a fairly unpleasant experience. I thought that what we saw was very nicely done, but don't think I will ever feel like it was a good thematic match for it's location... Now if The Living Seas was themed to a South Pacific research station...and it had been built around the entrance area between the Land and Seas... it might have been a better fit....

flyerjab2 days ago

This was a great addition. And for the record, we have been there multiple times now and it was always full. You learn something and it is fun. I would imagine as it gets hotter this will just get more and more crowded.

Drdcm2 days ago

One would think that this would be a person they would encourage to come to the grand opening… I do like it though

Sirwalterraleigh2 days ago

…looks about as empty as usual

Incomudro24 days ago

Excellent! Very happy to see it back up so quick, and that it's not going to be an "oh well.."

Disone24 days ago

It was still under it's one year warranty from the contractor ;). Joking..... Or.....

MisterPenguin24 days ago

Disney fixed something. I thought that didn't happen.

Disone24 days ago

Nice. Quick repair. Maybe just a late growing pain.

tparris24 days ago

Looks like the finale effect is back open. https://blogmickey.com/2024/05/moana-journey-of-water-big-wave-ocean-finale-effect-repaired-at-epcot/

Bocabear26 days ago

EXACTLY! and Moana would have looked better in DAK.... And maybe a splash Zone themed to an Oceanographic Institute actually on the same side of the monorail beam as the Living Seas would have been a better choice.... Something that matched the style of the front half of the park....

Chef idea Mickey`=26 days ago

Keep kids entertained, something to cool off. However if that is the case how come Hollywood Studios doesn't offer one or Animal Kingdom. If the Dino playground is going away for good then that's removing something for the kids. Hollywood Studios could use something water it's hot there.

CampbellzSoup27 days ago

I still don’t see how it was a good idea to put a Moana water feature in the middle of Epcot. What were they thinking???