Imagineers share sneak peek details of upcoming ‘Moana’ attraction at EPCOT

BAY LAKE, Florida. – Where Innoventions West once stood at EPCOT, there is now a construction site. Although park visitors may still miss the vanished exhibit hall, or at least its air-conditioned interior in this summer heat, Walt Disney Imagineering seems optimistic that it can get you excited about the ongoing outdoor attraction. construction: Journey of Water, inspired by the movie “Moana”.

On Thursday, Imagineers shared news of the attraction’s continued development on the Disney Parks Blog. According to Imagineering Lead Concept Designer Reid Ekmanhis crew and a team of craftsmen are officially in mock-up mode and have begun carving rock for Journey of Water, which is set to be an “immersive exploration trail” meant to teach guests about the water cycle.

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Fans will recognize familiar shapes and characters incorporated throughout the attraction, Ekman said. At the moment, much of this sculpting work is still in its infancy.

“As part of our design process, Imagineers creates models, mockups, and mockups to bring our beloved characters and stories to the parks in sometimes unexpected ways,” Ekman said. “…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 perform a paint study and often create large samples. scale to test the final materials and sculpting techniques.”

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A behind-the-scenes look at World Princess Week from lead dimensional designer Jim Towler sculpting Moana’s foam model for Journey of Water. (Walt Disney Imagineering)

The image at the top of this story serves as a sample of the look the Imagineers are going for when it comes to the attraction’s landscape, a mountain-like shape carefully decorated with foliage, a realistic, rocky paint job, and a reference cinematic, Moana’s spiral.

Compare that to the pre-paint image below and you’ll get an idea of ​​the artistry required to turn foam, concrete, and fiberglass into a new Disney attraction.

Natasha, an Imagineer, takes care of the rock at Journey of Water. (Walt Disney Imagineering)

Further updates on Journey of Water will be released in the coming weeks and months, Ekman said.

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Keith P. Plain