Journey of Water, inspired by Moana at EPCOT | Everything you need to know

by W. Andrew Powell

Journey of Water, inspired by Moana, is open now at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT, and it’s a fun and fascinating experience for all ages. Once you step inside guests can discover Moana’s story, beautiful interactive water features, and a clever look at how water moves through the world.

The new experience opened at EPCOT this week, and it’s a wonderful reminder of the things that have always made Walt Disney World exciting. It’s filled with atmosphere, fun details, hidden characters, a jaw-dropping view of Spaceship Earth, and lots of activities.

Like the Leaping Water Fountains when they debuted in the 80s, Journey of Water feels magical and wonderfully refreshing. It’s modern, and yet it feels like a throwback to classic Disney.

The path through Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana
The path through Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana

Following the trail, guests discover mist and rainfall leading into rivers and oceans, and little ones will love splashing and playing in all the water along the way.

Using a virtual queue at peak times, guests can request to join the virtual line once they’re in EPCOT, and they will be notified once it’s time to visit.

Walking through the experience kids and adults can decide just how wet they want to get. There’s a dry path, and a wet path, including a curtain of water that parts as you walk through, but if you want to cool off you can find lots of places to enjoy a refreshing splash.

Throughout the path there are pools of water, places where you can wave to water fountains–and they wave back–and find characters from the movie hidden around the rocks. Plus, one of the big highlights on your journey, guests will find Te Fiti herself staring into a glittering pool of water with Spaceship Earth on the horizon.

Kids can play music with “strings” of water, jump in puddles, and try to dodge the Kakamora as they shoot water at them. Adults might enjoy those things too, but they will definitely love the vibrant colours and storytelling, and the way their kids learn about water in our world.

Every adult that I saw at the preview of Journey of Water, when I was there for Destination D23, absolutely loved the interactive water elements. We jumped to make the geysers erupt, we waved and raised our hands, and ran through a few of the sprays of water. It’s a fun experience that’s a great spot to cool off.

Te Fiti at EPCOT's Journey of Water

Looking for some tips when you visit?

Take as much time as you like at Journey of Water. Around 30 minutes will give you enough time to see and enjoy everything, but you can spend longer if you’re enjoying it.

You can meet Moana at World Nature for a photo opportunity, so look for her there throughout the day.

The experience is charming and interesting, and it looks amazing any time of day, but it really shines at dusk and sunset. Even some of the streams and ponds glow! If you can time it, visit with Te Fiti at sunset to see a spectacular view, including Spaceship Earth.

Keep in mind that kids who want to get really wet have a number of opportunities to splash and play in some of the water features at the experience. You don’t need a swimsuit or towel, as most of the water features don’t spray that much, but you could pack them just in case. Washrooms nearby offer an opportunity to get changed before and after the experience.

Take a good look around any rock features for hidden characters from Moana. Most of the main characters are featured throughout the experience.

Watch my full walk through video above, or on YouTube, to see what you can expect at Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana.

Te Fiti at EPCOT's Journey of Water
Te Fiti at EPCOT’s Journey of Water

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