Scaffolding coming down at 'Journey of Water Inspired by Moana' in EPCOT

Nov 28, 2022 in "Journey of Water Inspired by Moana"

Journey of Water Inspired by Moana - November 28 2022
Posted: Monday November 28, 2022 10:46am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Scaffolding is being removed this morning around one of the major set pieces at Journey of Water - Inspired by Moana at EPCOT.


The scaffolding around the rockwork has been in place to give crews access to the structure for detailed finishing paintwork.

Although progress on Journey of Water Inspired by Moana appears to be moving quickly in recent weeks, Disney has recently said that the walk-through experience will open in late 2023.

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WondersOfLife1 day ago

It was pretty a freaking awesome attraction AND it was cool as a tech demo. Definitely should have expanded it to its own thing. I was also a tween when I got to enjoy it. And I'm pretty sure that was the demographic. So I guess I get the privilege of saying "okay, boomer." Oh god, no. You just lost all credibility right there on your imagineering spectrum. Lol Either that, or you just did the opposite and got 20 different promotions based on Disney's new standard of imagineering. 🤐

SplashZander1 day ago

SoaT was atrocious as an attraction. Cool as a tech demo. Make a Kuka Aladdin ride if you want Kuka in Epcot, or a manufacturing edutainment attraction where the factory goes “rouge” and then you do some weird shenanigans on a Kuka, basically original Test Track concept from a different angle.

WondersOfLife1 day ago

Sum of All Thrills should have expanded into its own grand attraction building. Such an awesome ride and concept especially for Epcot.

UNCgolf1 day ago

It's too bad they weren't able to win that battle.

lazyboy97o1 day ago

Because they were separate projects with their own budgets. Marvel attractions are even handled by their own team and the original Evolving EPCOT team didn’t want a Marvel ride.

MisterPenguin1 day ago

"" from what I've heard"" The most reliable of sources!!!!

OSUPhantom1 day ago

What do you mean?

MisterPenguin1 day ago

Journey of Water is messing the parks an extra ten million dollars a night.... ... From what I've heard.

DisneyNorthFan1 day ago

I don't remember the "design a ride" arm thing, but that looks like a failing mall attraction. Certainly fun, but only for the dozen or so guests an hour that would be able to enjoy it. JoW, on the other hand, looks beautiful, and is a family experience that can be enjoyed by hundreds an hour without any wait at all. You can debate location, what else could have been built, budgets ... but this is undeniably an upgrade. Fair to say that it's not the upgrade that everyone wants, but it's a vast improvement.

J45461 day ago

Also gotg and rat/French pavilion expansion took most of the budget I'd imagine...they got no mention lol

imagineer971 day ago

From what I've heard, Tiana may be responsible for the adjustments in Epcot budgeting.

doctornick1 day ago

A significant portion of the budget went to Tiana instead. And it seems like a huge amount ended up going to replacing the expensive Harmonious barges to create Luminous. I don’t think JoW took up all that much of the approved budget for Epcot really. At least not to an extent that it prevented anything else that was substantial being done.

Bocabear1 day ago

i did say "appears to have eaten the budget" meaning to the otherwise uninformed, the billion dollar 5 year makeover of Epcot seems to have netted a re-landscaped center court, color changing lightbulbs, a water walk-through, and not a whole lot else... And they can only blame Covid for so many years... Prices continue to rise for everything at the parks, they are always busy, they should be doing fine as far as that is concerned...

OSUPhantom1 day ago

I doubt JOW ate the budget so much as the budget was slashed and JOW was one of the items they could afford to keep. By the time Covid hit the demolition work had started so something needed to go there, sticking with the existing plan rather than going through expensive redesigns probably actually saved them money. The rest of the cancelled projects could be cancelled without a major impact to the park.