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This Was NOT the Update We Expected for EPCOT’s New Attraction

This Was NOT the Update We Expected for EPCOT’s New Attraction

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It seems to be two steps forward and one step back with this new update. Check out the new timeframe and images.

Journey of Water

Moana Journey of Water construction (July 2022. Credit: KtP)

Part of EPCOT’s reimagining includes a Moana-themed walk-through attraction called Journey of Water. This immersive exploration trail will be in the heart of EPCOT’s World Nature neighborhood.

It will serve as a huge feature in this area of the park dedicated to “understanding and preserving the beauty, awe, and balance of the natural world.”

Last month, Disney announced that the first round of Cast Member previews this new attraction. Many guests were hopeful that guest previews would soon follow behind. It now appears that we may be waiting a bit longer for this attraction.


Credit: Disney

The attraction will walk guests through the water cycle, specifically focusing on how water cycles from our skies to our oceans and back continuously. Along the way, guests will interact with story elements from Disney’s hit film Moana. They will experience the “playfulness of water” for themselves!

A new addition has been added to this attraction description. Guests have an option to “Make A Splash…Or Stay Dry!” “You can choose to get wet—or take the dry path instead—as you explore this whimsical, watery world.”

Credit: Maggie

Although we never had an actual opening date for the Journey of Water, this attraction was to open in the fall of 2023. This wording is now changed on the Walt Disney World website to now state, “Opening Late 2023.”

This is a bit disappointing for guests. We were no doubt the only ones hoping that guest previews or a soft opening may be announced soon. It now looks like we may be waiting a bit later for an official opening date.

Disney also shares a few new photos for this attraction. First is what appears to be the logo for this attraction:

Credit: Disney

Secondly, Disney shares a new view of this attraction:

Credit: Disney

The vibrant colors of this space look so inviting. We look forward to an exact date when this attraction will open to all guests.

Wording is now changed to announce “Opening Late 2023” rather than “Fall 2023”.

What do you think of this change for this opening timeline? When do you think this may open? Will you go for the wet or dry path? Share your thoughts with us and share this news with your Disney pals.

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Gary Michaels

Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

Well just another Disney let down. We scheduled a two week trip for late October partly because of Moana. Now it looks like they might snatch that away. Just like they're ruining all the old magic with woke propaganda, their ruining their credibility too.

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