Construction Moving Quickly at EPCOT’s ‘Moana’-Inspired Attraction

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Fans of Disney’s animated film of Moana (2016) cannot wait until the day Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana opens at EPCOT. If you are not familiar with the upcoming Moana-inspired attraction coming to EPCOT, it will be nothing like Disney has done before.

In 2019, Disney announced that the all-new attraction themed after the story of Moana would be arriving at EPCOT. The new attraction will be called Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana and, according to Disney officials, will be the “first-ever experience inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit film [and] will let Guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.”

And ever since, Inside the Magic has been updating you on the construction progress of the soon-to-be attraction.

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Earlier this year, we reported that the construction site for the upcoming attraction is visible, and ever since, Disney Imagineers have been working hard to complete this project. Now, we can see more construction happening around the site for Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana thanks to Bioreconstruct on Twitter.

We can see some foundation work at the Moana attraction in EPCOT, to which bioreconstruct shared:

Foundation work at North end of Moana Journey of Water site.

Additionally, construction workers have brought in some large piping which will soon be installed at the site. Bioreconstruct shared:

Large diameter pipes being placed underground in Moana Journey of Water site.

More photos show the site beginning to take shape. Bioreconstruct shared:

Bottom arrow at rebar for a concrete wall in Moana Journey of Water site. Same rebar seen in first Tweet of this Thread.

Other arrows at large diameter pipe. Left is placed in a trench. Right is about to be placed.

And lastly, the view from the Monorail shows additional construction vehicles and pieces around the site of Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana:

Looking across both sides of the monorail loop at a collection of concrete forms in the Moana Journey of Water site. Arrows at same section of rebar for a short concrete wall.

Related: What’s Happening With the New ‘Moana’ Attraction at EPCOT?

Unfortunately, at this time we do not have an opening date for the attraction. Inside the Magic will continue to update you as we get information regarding Journey of Water.

Please keep in mind that the upcoming Moana-inspired attraction is just that — An attraction, not a ride. Think of it more as an experience. Disney describes the attraction as it “will let Guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.”

Disney officially describes the Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana as:

In World Nature, The reinvention of Epcot will include Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.” This first-ever experience inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit film will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

moana with ocean
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The upcoming attraction is based off of the hit Disney animated film, Moana (2016), which is described by Disney as:

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped, and no one knows why… Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people.

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Are you excited to experience Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana when it opens? Let us know in the comments below.

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