Officially, as of right now, every single Walt Disney World construction project is officially moving forward. However, according to inside sources, due to the financial issues caused by the parks and resorts shutdown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Disney is quietly discussing delays and cancellations of some of its bigger and farther out projects. However, it looks like, at least according to a ShopDisney listing, one part of Epcot's transformation may be going forward and could be opening earlier than expected.
Journey of Water Inspired by Moana reportedly opening next year
Disney announced last year that the first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film Moana is coming to Epcot. Named Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, this new attraction will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting as part of the reimagined Central Spine of the park, which will lead to new lands in the area of the park formerly known as Future World. This walkthrough trail will consist of a number of water features and will have several child-friendly interactive areas.
And though no construction is going on inside Epcot right now, a ShopDisney listing for a poster promoting the new attraction stated that the Journey of Water Inspired by Moana is on track to open sometime in 2021. However, several hours after initially appearing on the ShopDisney, the text about the opening date was removed. You can see a screenshot of the original copy below:
Though this could be accurate, we'd guess that this is old text accompanying this product listing, as work on this project had only just barely begun when Epcot shut down back in March, and with the parks waiting until summer at the earliest to reopen, it seems very unlikely that this attraction will be ready to begin welcoming guests in the next 18 months. And we'd bet this isn't going to be the only attraction to miss an opening target at Epcot....