Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, is a beautifully landscaped walking trail in the World Nature section of Epcot. One of the newest attractions at Walt Disney World, the self-guided walking path teaches guests how water cycles the earth and its importance.
We visited Epcot during the initial preview of Moana’s Journey of Water in October. Since then, we’ve walked through the experience multiple times. So, I wanted to circle back and provide a formal review of the attraction.
While our central focus is on the resorts, we are in the parks almost every week. Living so close to Disney allows us to experience the attractions at our leisure without ever feeling a need to do everything unless someone is visiting from out of town. It’s one of the perks that I imagine most transplants don’t take for granted.
Below, we’ll discuss this new outdoor trail and a few tips for adding it to your vacation. Journey of Moana is a fun edutainment experience offering something for most everyone to enjoy.
Here is a quick reference chart for Journey of Water Inspired by Moana.
|Journey of Water
|Walk Through with Interactive Water Elements
Seats Per Vehicle:
Extended Theme Park Hours:
Yes (for deluxe and deluxe villa guests)
Must Do List:
Moana fans and children
|You might get wet, but you can stay on the dry path to avoid the water.
Virtual Queue: It is not likely you’ll encounter a virtual queue for this experience. However, if a virtual queue exists, you can join it via the My Disney Experience app. You must be inside the park to join, and it will not affect any other virtual queue experiences.
Additional Info: Per Disney, Guests may remain in wheelchairs or ECVs. An audio description is available. Service animals are permitted with caution. Details for those with mobility issues (i.e., wheelchair, ECVs) can be found on Disney’s site.
While I wouldn’t call Journey of Moana an oversized aquatic play area, a few rules are posted near each interactive water feature. Guests may remain on a dry path or enter the areas with water features. How wet you’ll get depends on how much you decide to interact with the water.
As we enter the attraction, we’re greeted with a fog or mist that adds a bit of mystery about where we’re headed.
We begin to see signs along the path, introducing us to each area. Initially, we learn about the water cycle and how it connects us. The sign below tells us how “all of the water in the world circles the planet, from the sky to the seas and back again.” It also shows a diagram of the process. In the bottom right-hand corner, an element tells how “Moana of Motonui, Wayfinder, and friend of the ocean, saved her people by protecting and healing nature.”
Thanks to the signage, you can tell when you transition to a new cycle of water.
After passing the mist, you’ll be able to see a little more clearly as you look back to Spaceship Earth in the distance. You can also see the emblem of the heart of Te Fiti on the mountain.
The water cycle begins with rain. We learn that water is “born as drops of water high in the sky, rain falls from clouds to earth. It renews everything it touches.” This area references the sound of rain as happy music and invites us to play along.
Then, you can touch the strings of water to create a few notes with this magical resource. (As you can imagine, the interactive features have multiple areas in which to participate. But you might have to wait a few moments for one, depending on the crowd.)
As the water cycle continues, we go with it to the stream.
The stream represents traveling together as the “rain runs over the ground, trickles of water come together to make a new stream.”
This area allows guests to stand in a specific area and wave to the stream. You might be surprised by its response.
Below, the path continues.
Next, we reach the wetland where building community is important. Water soaks the soil, helping plants to grow and providing a home for water-loving animals.
This is a pretty large section with several interactive elements for those who choose to participate.
We then run into the Spring, which moves underground.
Here is an example of how water responds to our touch. Guests can stand on any of the emblems and hold out their hands. The water should respond.
Next, we learn how land is shaped by water.
This is one of the more popular areas of the trail. A waterfall on one side of the path dares guests to walk through. Or you can always elect to take the dry path.
If you move slowly, the waterfall might open for you. From what I’ve seen, the water parts for those who heed the advice of this sign. But those who dare to rush through often get a little wet.
After the waterfall area, you’ll see a pair of restrooms to the left. Unfortunately, these are one-person bathrooms. So they are not very ideal.
We have reached the lake, which is one of the most gorgeous areas of the attraction.
Various water sources continuously refill lakes.
You’ll soon see the lake with Te Fiti sitting at the water’s edge. This moment will leave you in awe. She is stunning.
We’ve now reached the river.
Rivers use energy to deliver fresh water to people, plants, and animals.
You might want to look for a few hidden items throughout your journey. So far, I’ve found the hidden Moana, shown in the photo below. But I’ve yet to find the hidden Hei Hei and Pua.
Our last prominent interactive water feature is at the ocean.
Per the signage, the ocean is our friend. Water helps shape our climate and provides much of the air we breathe.
Since I usually have my camera, I’ve yet to venture too far into this area.
If you do get close, you will get wet. However, it will be pretty obvious.
You can stay on the dry path and observe from a distance. However, the water spray will likely feel refreshing and dry quickly if it’s hot outside.
A few leaping fountains remind us of the nearby Imagination Pavilion and the water’s playful personality.
We see a tribute to the sky as we’ve come full circle.
The sky is where water knows the way.
By the end of your journey, you’ll know the importance of water or, at the very least, have had a little fun playing in it. Oh, and parents, children adore this attraction. After our initial experience, my first thought was how I would have enjoyed this kind of attraction as a child. I cannot wait to take my niece and nephew through it during their next visit.
We hope you enjoy this attraction walk-through. For more Epcot attractions, you might enjoy the following:
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Review
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Ride Review
- Frozen Ever After (Epcot Ride Review)
- The Gran Fiesta Tour (Starring the Three Caballeros)
- Living with the Land Review
What Do You Think?
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