FIRST LOOK at the MASSIVE Te Fiti Coming to the Moana Attraction in EPCOT

For months we have watched the gradual progress being made at the Journey of Water — Inspired by Moana attraction coming to EPCOT, but now we have BIG news!

Journey of Water Concept Art © Disney

We’ve already shared a look at the Moana carving coming to the attraction, an updated look at construction in the area, and more. But at Disney’s D23 Expo, a MASSIVE structure coming to the attraction was revealed and we’ve got a first look at it right here for you!

During the D23 Expo, we got the chance to get a preview of the Walt Disney Parks & Experiences booth that will be on the show floor for all D23 Expo guests to visit. The booth is called The Wonderful World of Dreams and within it, you’ll find details about a Tiana’s Place Restaurant(!!), sneak peeks at new rides coming to the Disney parks, and more.


Among the many things in this space is a look at the Journey of Water — Inspired by Moana attraction. Specifically, we got to see a beautiful Te Fifi model that is inspiring the giant Te Fiti figure that will actually be part of the attraction.


According to the display information, the Imagineering team worked with Disney Animation to finalize her pose and size.

How Incredible!

It all started with some clay models that eventually made their way into Te Fiti’s more final form.

We Can’t Wait to See It All Finalized

The figure there on display at the D23 Expo was created by a team of Imagineers to inform the creation of the final Te Fifi figure that’ll be featured within the attraction. That final figure will actually be around 15′ tall(!!) and will be made of over 3,000 pieces of foliage.

That Is a LOT of Foliage!

Here’s an idea of just how LARGE this figure may be. Keep in mind that this is an artist’s concept and things can change.

Umm…Yeah, Pretty Huge!

Isn’t she just gorgeous though?!

So Beautiful

In terms of where she will be within the attraction, she’ll be closer to the bottom left in the concept art below.

Concept Art

We can’t wait to learn more about this attraction and see it in its final form. Be sure to stay tuned for all the latest updates from the D23 Expo!

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