Journey of Water: Inspired by Moana & Epcot

Journey of Water: Inspired by Moana & Epcot

Previews are well underway for Journey of Water: Inspired by Moana. But it’s also inspired by Epcot! This is really what Epcot was always about–learning and interacting and inspiring and entertaining all at one time. In a simple, but not simplistic manner this walk-through experience does all this and more. We look at the various elements of this new attraction and how it truly complements this new section now called World Nature. Is it a sign of good things to come? We’ll see as we look at not only this attraction but many of the new developments that are now becoming part of Epcot–like crowds, and parking and trams! And always about new stuff to try at the International Food & Wine Festival. There’s a lot to talk about. At the end we’ll talk about how you can get a copy of my new book, “A Century of Powerful Disney Insights!” Join us for this Disney Insights podcast!

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Crowds, Parking & Parking Lot Trams–Lost in Gamora

Our podcast shows the challenges of the Epcot parking lot–especially in the land of Gamora.

Journey of Water Inspired by Moana

The actual journey is not quite as perfectly circular as the map, but it is a cycle and is illustrated by the map below. You begin and end in World Nature.

Image by Disney

Key Points:

  • This is a “B” ticket style experience. It is higher than “A” ticket museum style experiences, but lower than a ride attraction like Journey Into Imagination with Figment and the Seas with Nemo and Friends. More akin to Wondrous Planet or Impressions de France.
  • This attraction seems simple, but it is not simplistic. It has many layers to explore.
  • While a constructed and engineered landscape, it is nevertheless an outdoor experience, and having such makes this a perfect complement to the World Nature section of the park.
  • There is a water and dry element, but really one can enjoy the splash with out feeling like this was a replacement for Splash Mountain.
  • This attraction complements the Edutainment aspect of Epcot. It is really what Epcot was always about–learning and interacting and inspiring and entertaining all at one time. In many ways though some attractions like Frozen Ever After and Ratatouille are enjoyable “E” ticket rides, they do not inspire a greater world, nor do they really serve to education, or even enlighten. That’s what Epcot is really all about.
  • Could this have been part of something greater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Yes. But it’s a great complement here as well. And another Moana experience in Disney’s Animal Kingdom might be welcome sometime in the future there as well.

More Happenings at Epcot

Soarin’ Over California

Image by Disney.

New Food & Beverage at Epcot

New additions were made to the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. We had a chance to check out the following:

Wine & Wedge

  • Assorted Artisanal Cheeses and Accompaniments (New) (Emile’s Fromage Montage)
  • Boursin Fig & Balsamic Soufflé with fig tapenade (New) (Emile’s Fromage Montage)
  • Southern Pimento Cheese with bread-and-butter pickled vegetables and grilled bread (New) (Emile’s Fromage Montage)

Note: Complete five entrees in Emile’s Fromage Montage for a complimentary Strawberry Cheesecake Soft Serve in a complimentary souvenir cup.

Photos by Disney

Swirled Showcase–Mickey-shaped Liquid Nitro Cake

Photo by Madison Kober
Photo by J. Jeff Kober

Connections Cafe–Black Forest Baumkuchen

Photo by Disney.

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A Century of Powerful Disney Insights, Volume I

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