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EPCOT Moana attraction opening date and surprise meet and greet announced now

EPCOT Moana attraction opening date and surprise meet and greet announced now

The wait is finally over! We finally have the official opening date of the Journey of Water Moana attraction and a special meet and greet coming!

Journey of Water Moana Attraction

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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.

This new attraction 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.”

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.”

Previews for Select Guests

Epcot Journey of Water Lake Vertical TE FITI 5
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Cast Members were the first group to enjoy previews of Journey of Water Inspired by Moana. These previews began on September 1 and run through September 22, 2023. 

Then, today, Disney announced that Annual Passholders will get in on the fun! That’s right! Disney World Annual Passholder previews will take place from September 24 to 29 and October 1 to 4. Take a look at the details on how you can experience the preview HERE.

Opening Date Announced

Epcot Journey of Water Stream Vertical (2)
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In March, we announced HERE that the majority of the Disney100 celebration would happen at EPCOT. EPCOT begins celebrating on September 15 and we were hoping the Moana attraction would also open at that time.

However, that isn’t the case. At todays D23 event, Josh D’Amaro announced that Moana Journey of Water attraction officially opens on October 16.

EPCOT’s Moana Journey of Water attraction officially opens on October 16!

Surprise Meet

Credit: Disney

Previously, Moana began meeting guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Now, we are thrilled that Disney is bringing a dedicated meet and greet area at the Journey of Water attraction when it opens too!

Moana will have a meet and greet at the Journey of Water when it opens!!

Other EPCOT announcements made today include the New Nighttime Spectacular, the date of the Figment meet and greet, and opening timeline for the World of Celebration.

Are you excited about the opening on the Moana attraction? Or, did you expect more from this huge area at the front of EPCOT? Please share your thoughts in the comments below and share this post with a Moana loving friend.


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Andrew

Tuesday 12th of September 2023

I have the same question - trying to plan a late October visit and we were really only going to animal kingdom for Moana. If she's not going to be there she will only be at Epcot then we may be changing our park reservations. Any answers on this?

Susan Phillips

Tuesday 12th of September 2023

Disney hasn't announced that she is leaving, but it seems unlikely that she will be at two parks.

Javier

Saturday 9th of September 2023

I wonder if this means that she’s leaving Animal Kingdom to move over to Epcot or they’re just gonna have two Moana meet and greets at Disney World.

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