The Disney Imagineers are giving fans a sneak peek at the new Moana-themed attraction coming soon to Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park.
Lead Concept Designer, Reid Ekman, updated fans via Disney’s official blog, revealing, “ I’m excited to share a first look at some design details within Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana.”
“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,” Ekman shared in the blog post. “Walt Disney Imagineering partnered with artists and cultural consultants from Walt Disney Animation Studios to bring this experience to life, and our team tasked themselves with capturing the beauty of the natural water cycle within the attraction. We were also inspired by Moana’s fierce determination to protect her environment – her bond with water is unique, and we are excited for guests to learn about the importance of water and experience its playful personality just as she did.”
According to Ekman, familiar shapes and characters from Moana will be carved into the rocks and waterways, including Moana and the iconic spiral from the movie. As part of the design process, Ekman said Disney Imagineers create models, mock-ups, and maquettes to bring the characters to life in sometimes unexpected ways.
Ekman then told fans that once the character’s pose has been achieved, the sculptors then add details and texture before a paint study is carried out.
“It’s certainly an exciting time for our project team as these elements are coming together on site now and in the coming months!” Ekman revealed. “Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana will be brought to life within World Nature – the EPCOT neighborhood dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty, awe, and balance of the natural world. Moana is the perfect role model to inspire us to protect and conserve water and guide us through the Journey of Water.”