Here’s Your First Look at Te Fiti in EPCOT’s Journey of Water

by | Jan 24, 2023 | EPCOT, WDW Blog, WDW News

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The first signs of the new Moana-inspired attraction in EPCOT are appearing – and you don’t want to miss this first glimpse of Te Fiti!

If you’ve noticed some big changes happening in the World Nature neighborhood of EPCOT, you aren’t alone. Plenty of theme park Guests have noticed signs that the planned new attractions announced for EPCOT’s historic transformation – like the leafy green silhouette of Te Fiti from Moana starting to become visible in the World Nature neighborhood.

Excited to get a peek at what, exactly, the new Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana attraction will look like? Here’s your first look at Te Fiti!

Te Fiti Will Watch Over the Journey of Water

Te Fiti at EPCOT close-up

A closer look at the details that bring Te Fiti to life. Photo courtesy of Disney

As Imagineers shared in a sneak peek back in 2022, the new Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana attraction will take Guests on a walking path through waterways and landscaping that together illustrate the water cycle.

In addition to the lush greens and flowing pools of water you’ll pass by, you’ll also encounter Te Fiti as she watches over and protects water through its cyclical journey – along with some help from Moana, of course!

The Te Fiti you’ll see in EPCOT was developed in a close collaboration between Walt Disney Animation Studios and its Creative Legacy team. She’s meant to be a symbol of how we should ourselves protect and nurture water. Her gorgeous green leaves and lush landscaping demonstrate the power of water within nature – and she’s a reminder to become a better steward of the natural world.

Check out what went into the creation of Te Fiti and the work that’s still continuing in EPCOT below:

See Te Fiti for Yourself in Late 2023

While it’s still tough to get a full preview of what’s in store within the World Nature neighborhood during EPCOT’s continued transformation, you won’t have to wait much longer! The new additions within this neighborhood, including Journey of Water, are expected to open in late 2023.

Do you have your trip planned? If not, click below – you can start planning today to check out all of the exciting new offerings coming to EPCOT and Walt Disney World this year.

Written by Heather Adams

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
Heather Adams

Written by Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.