New permit filed for Journey of Water Inspired by Moana at EPCOT

19 days ago in "Journey of Water Inspired by Moana"

Posted: Friday July 29, 2022 11:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney Imagineering has filed a new permit for set installation at Journey of Water Inspired by Moana.


The permit carries the vague description of "Install Sets" and was signed July 25 2022, valid for a year. (Thanks to @danlb_2000 on the WDWMAGIC Forums for locating the permit)

The contractor named in the permit is NY based Adirondack Scenic, who has done previous work for Disney, including Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser, Frozen Ever After, Na'Vi River Journey, and Morimoto Asia.

Progress has been moving more rapidly in recent months, following a year of slow-moving preparation work.

Announced almost three years ago at D23 Expo in August 2019, this will be the first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, "Moana." Disney says it "will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting."

Disney is still to announce an opening timeframe, but the expectation is that it will open in 2023 with more details to be announced at the upcoming D23 Expo in September.

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CntrlFlPete8 days ago

I imagine guest will be giving tubes such that they can enjoy the journey of water as they float downstream to the Seas w/ Nemo and friends?

Epcot82Guy9 days ago

That's not true! It was cleaned incredibly well from years 39-25. ;-) It's been the last 25 where it went all "bad offbrand hotel off 192"...

rle4lunch9 days ago

All while JII sits in the back like a ceiling fan that hadn't been cleaned in 40 years....

DCBaker11 days ago

Clamman7311 days ago

I tried to overlay 3 images. Google earth images of epcot water area and DAK gorilla falls area at same magnification and then a map of gorilla falls trail pretty much overlayed on those with trying to line up the path at same-ish magnification.

Haymarket200811 days ago

NO idea. Doesn't look like it.

HauntedMansionFLA11 days ago

Will the Journey of Water be the same size as Gorilla Falls over at DAK????

lazyboy97o12 days ago

What wasn’t? Being announced together does not contradict my statement.

Next Big Thing12 days ago

It wasn't though. It was announced at the same time as the OG Festival Center was at D23 Expo in 2019.

bhg46913 days ago

Yeah, the mirror they hang right before you go out is their "theme"... UGH..

FigmentFan8213 days ago

True, though evidently that one is literally supposed to be a "backstage exit" but I think that's pretty weak sauce for an explanation. 99% would not realize it was done on purpose (I certainly wouldn't if I hadn't read it on the interwebz first)

bhg46913 days ago

You can probably add Guardians to that list as well.. Its a very mundane hallway that feels very backstage to me.

FigmentFan8213 days ago

Seems par for the course over the past 5+ years as far as poor design goes (looking at you ridiculously long and basic exit hallways for Frozen and Toy Story Mania)

Epcot82Guy14 days ago

That's fair. Another option would have been something on the World Nature quadrant of the plaza. Something small and nature-focused to complete the circle would also work. And then arrange the entry to be "Land to Sea" maybe. It's better than the original, no doubt. It just quite isn't there for me.