What’s New in EPCOT: An Updated Look at the ‘Moana’ Attraction Construction

If you’ve been to EPCOT recently, you may have noticed that there are construction walls seemingly everywhere. That’s because this park is undergoing a MASSIVE transformation that will bring new attractions, experiences, and more.

It feels like there are construction walls everywhere!

Parts of this transformation are already complete, like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and some are still ongoing like the walkthrough attraction Journey of Water — Inspired by Moana and the new festival areas. Today, we’re heading to EPCOT to bring you an update on what’s going on and take a look at what’s new!

EPCOT Construction Updates

‘Moana’ Attraction Construction

If you take a ride on the Monorail, you can get a great look at what’s going on behind the construction walls. We got an updated look at the construction for Journey of Water — Inspired by MoanaThe rock work is coming along, and there’s some scaffolding up on some of it, as well.

‘Moana’ construction

Journey of Water is going to be a walkthrough attraction that teaches guests all about the water cycle.

Click here to see the new concept art for Journey of Water — Inspired by ‘Moana’!

The Seas With Nemo and Friends

There’s a bit of construction happening over at The Seas Pavilion, as well. Firstly, when we were there recently, one of the escalators was broken. Guests were needing to take the stairs or elevator if they were heading down.

One of the escalators was broken.

One of the exhibits at the Seas is also under construction.

Pardon Our Plankton

The sign says that the exhibit is temporarily closed to “prepare for new aquatic species.”


Mitsukoshi is the big store located in the Japan pavilion. This store is currently undergoing some construction in the front of the store on the right side, over near the main entrance. Some of this construction has been going on for quite a bit now.

Mitsukoshi construction

There’s also a little bit of construction in the clothing area of the store, as well.

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EPCOT General Updates

In exciting character news, Mulan AND Li Shang were meeting together in the China Pavilion recently.

They were together!

We found them together inside the waiting area for Reflections of China, the pavilion’s show. A Cast Member told us that it is very rare to see them together.

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EPCOT Merchandise Updates

France Pavilion

In the France pavilion, we spotted this beautiful Disneyland Paris mug.

Disneyland Paris Mug

It has the Disneyland Paris castle, with Tinker Bell and some gemstones. You can grab it for $24.99.

Pin Traders

We saw a bunch of new limited edition pins in Pin Traders! First up is this new Hocus Pocus Mystery Pin Collection. It’s $24.99 and, of course, a mystery, so you don’t know what you’ll get!

‘Hocus Pocus’ Mystery Pin

We also saw this limited release Hocus Pocus pin. It has the Sanderson sisters inside of a seven-pointed star with a circle surrounding them that has their iconic phrase “Amuck!” This pin is $17.99.

Limited Release ‘Hocus Pocus’ pin

If you’re counting down the days ’til Halloween, then you might need this Halloween Countdown pin we saw! It is limited edition and has an image of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and comes with an easel that allows you to count down the days until Halloween! This pin is $29.99.

Halloween Countdown

And finally, for new pins, we saw this Haunted Mansion pin.

Haunted Mansion pin

This pin is a little on the pricier side at $34.99, but it’s incredibly detailed with images of some of the most famous ghosts who reside in the mansion, like Madame Leota, The Bride, and The Hatbox Ghost.

Mission: SPACE Cargo Bay

Mission: SPACE Cargo Bay is the gift shop a the end of the Mission: SPACE ride, and here, we found a Star Wars bag.

‘Star Wars’ bag

The bag has a patch on it that is half Darth Vader with the beginning of the world “imperial” and half Stormtrooper, with the end of the word “stormtroopers.” It is $34.99.

Port of Entry

Our final merchandise item was found at Port of Entry. It is a Disney World 50th Anniversary Vault Collection Fanny Pack.

Vault Collection fanny pack

It is a white fanny pack with a blue strap and yellow detailing. It has a yellow and blue Cinderella Castle pattern and even comes with a removable coin purse. It is $34.99.

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That’s what’s new at EPCOT! If you’re heading to EPCOT soon, the Food and Wine Festival is running from now until part of November, and the last of the booths will be opening this month!

EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

That’s not the only exciting thing happening in Disney World — Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is returning to Magic Kingdom for the first time since 2019 next week! We’ll be heading to the party, so make sure to stay tuned to DFB for all the spooky updates.

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