At the 2019 D23 Expo, Disney announced that Journey of Water, a new exploration trail inspired by the movie Moana would be coming to Epcot. However, the project may be delayed or cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The information below assumes the project has not been cancelled, but the rumor is now classified as “In Development” instead of “Confirmed”.
The attraction will feature interactive water fountains and be located in the current Future World West near The Seas With Nemo and Friends Pavilion. This area will be a part of World Nature when the experience debuts.
To make way for the new experience, The Art of Disney location in Future World was relocated to the American Adventure Pavilion.
May 5, 2020: On Disney’s Quarter 2 Fiscal Year 2020 earnings call, Disney Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy stated the company’s plans to reduce capital expenditures during the Covid-19 pandemic. McCarthy stated that capital expenditures for the parks and resorts would be reduced by $900 million by way of pausing refurbishment and construction projects.
Details of specific projects that may be subject to delay or cancellation were not stated, but construction on all ongoing Walt Disney World projects was suspended shortly after the park closure in March.
It is unknown if the Journey of Water attraction will be cancelled or delayed as a result of the reduction in capital expenditures.
December 15, 2019: The Art of Disney (Future World) had its last day of operation. Demolition is expected to begin soon of the former Future World location in preparation of the new walk through attraction, Journey of Water.
August 22, 2019: At the media preview of the D23 Expo, Twitter user @carlyewisel shared photos of many of the displays.
Highlights included the following:
- Journey of Water attraction poster presented by Moana (this is a water maze, not a ride)
Disney also released a piece of concept art for the new walking trail.
April 8, 2019: WDWNT.com is reporting details on several of the expected changes coming to Epcot’s Future World as part of Project Gamma. Details include the following:
- The center area of Future World (formerly Pin Central, beyond Spaceship Earth) will become a garden
- The Fountain of Nations (the fountain in front of the walkway to World Showcase) will become a permanent Beer Garden)
- Innoventions West will be replaced with several items including the “Journey of Water” trail/maze the “Festival Canopy” and “Character Meet and Greets”
- Club Cool and Fountain View / Starbucks will be replaced with a new Festival Center
The expectation is that these will be announced at or before the 2019 D23 Expo and completion is expected to be by 2022.
WDWMagic.com user marni1971 reported that while placement of specific items on the map created by WDWNT may be slightly off, the general points are correct.