Disney gives first look at major new Epcot attraction

Although there is no shortage of things to see when you visit a Walt Disney (SAY) park, “the happiest place” on Earth is always working on something new behind the scenes to delight and/or delight its guests.

Disney has started working on several upcoming projects for new rides and experiences over the past few years. One of those changes is converting Splash Mountain into a new “Princess and the Frog” themed ride called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which is slated to open in 2024.

The Magic Kingdom will also have a new ride themed after the 1982 sci-fi movie “Tron” – and it’s a roller coaster! Called Lightcycle/Race, the ride is the second of its kind (the first is at Disneyland Shanghai). It is created in honor of the 40th anniversary of “Tron” and will be in Tomorrowland.

Finally, there are also some big changes to Epcot coming, with a “Moana” themed attraction on the way called Journey of Water. The concept art Disney has shown for the walkable attraction so far has a strong focus on lush greenery and gardens, and Disney promises guests will also be able to interact with “white water,” a phrase. which indeed seems quite serious.

Now Disney has revealed new details and photos about the experience, and the preview looks very promising.

Build Moana’s Water Journey

New images from Disney show Imagineers hard at work creating the atmosphere for Journey of Water, giving us a look at some of the art in progress. The ad also sheds some light on that mysterious phrase “living water.”

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“Designed for all ages, Journey of Water will allow guests to explore and engage with water as it travels from our skies to our oceans and back again,” it says. “Walt Disney Imagineering partnered with artists and cultural consultants from Walt Disney Animation Studios to bring this experience to life, and our team was tasked with capturing the beauty of the natural water cycle within the attraction… We are excited for guests to learn about the importance of water and experience her playful personality just like her [Moana] did.”

Disney describes Moana’s fierce determination to protect her environment as the inspiration for the attraction, calling her connection to water “unique”.

Lead Dimensional Designer Jim Towler

How a Disney Attraction Comes Together

Disney outlines the detailed process it follows to create a new ride or attraction, explaining how Imagineers create models, mockups, and mockups to flesh out the ideas they want to create. Pictured above, lead dimensional designer Jim Towler sculpts a foam model of Moana, which will appear in Journey of Water when complete.

“It gives you a look at the early stages of our design process, before additional paint and detail is added. Once the pose of the character is set, the sculptors add detail and texture until the emotional expression of the sculpture is perfect. We then do a paint study and often create large-scale samples to test the final materials and sculpting techniques. This process ensures that the production and creative vision of the experience is line up,” Disney explained via its Disney Parks Blog.

Disney has yet to announce an official opening date for Journey of Water.

Keith P. Plain