Celebrating Moana for World Princess Week

Will Smith

by , Global Public Relations Professional Intern, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Today, we celebrate one of Disney’s most adventurous princesses, Moana. Moana is a curious and driven princess who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself as a master wayfinder. Though she has moments of self-doubt, she doesn’t back down from new challenges and discovers that when you sail beyond your reef with courage, you can cross any ocean. Check out all the ways you can celebrate this sea-loving, strong-willed and courageous princess below!

Aulani: Character Greeting

Meet Moana at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa! Disney’s Moana is an adventurous teen who teamed up with the demigod Maui on a daring voyage across the Pacific. Be on the lookout for Moana as you enjoy your own exciting adventure with your family at Aulani Resort. Aulani Resort is a vacation paradise in Hawaii with a touch of Disney Magic, which is why so many Disney friends love spending time here!

Moana Swim Makeover

Parents can help their child or “keiki” get ready to start their own epic adventure at Painted Sky: HI Style Studio at Aulani Resort including the Moana Swim Makeover. In this luxurious studio, boys and girls ages 3-12 can choose from a variety of magical makeover packages, which include hairstyling, makeup, costumes and accessories –all infused with hints of Hawaii and a playful sense of Disney fun. Your keiki can transform into a mermaid, dress for an adventure across O’ahu or even style in the fashion of their favorite wayfinding adventurer Moana of Motonui.

Painted Sky: HI Style Studio is in the Wai’anae Tower, just outside of Laniwai Spa. This relaxed-yet-sophisticated luxurious studio embraces the Hawaiian connection to nature and explores the cultural significance of the rainbows that so frequently grace the Hawaiian skyline. There is even a rainbow inside the studio through a special touch of magic, and guests listening closely as they enter the studio may hear the lovely sound of an ‘ukulele strumming a familiar Disney tune.

To learn more about Painted Sky: Hi Style Studio at Aulani Resort, guests can visit disneyaulani.com.

Walt Disney World: Moana Mercantile & Harmonious

Stock up with exclusive Disney merchandise, snacks and more at Moana Mercantile Souvenir Shop located in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Open from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. ET daily, this shop keeps you prepared for all things during your stay at Walt Disney World Resort. When you’re ready to hit the park, be sure to check out Harmonious – a brand new nighttime spectacular that brings together a multitude of Disney music and visuals that leaves guests in awe. Located at World Showcase Lagoon at EPCOT, witness choreographed moving fountains, dazzling lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers for an innovative performance inspired by the cultural influences behind favorite Disney stories such as “Moana”,“Aladdin,” “Brave” and “Mulan”. Harmonious is a brilliant centerpiece to the World’s Most Magical Celebration –celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.

Disneyland Resort: Main Street Electrical Parade

The “Main Street Electrical Parade” will end its limited time run on Sept. 1, 2022. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the “Main Street Electrical Parade” added a grand finale float where you can view both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney and Pixar characters together in a set of stylized scenes—including Moana! Led by the iconic train and drum unit featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy, this fan-favorite parade fills Disneyland park with iconic music, sparkling lights and fantastic floats, depicting scenes from movies like “Alice in Wonderland,” “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan” and more. Be sure to book your stay at Disneyland Resort for a last chance to see some of your favorite Disney characters “ignite the night” with bright and colorful magic and imagination. View the entertainment schedule to plan your trip around this spectacular showcase before it goes away!

Disney Cruise Line: Wish Tower Suite

Aboard the Disney Wish, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, there’s a first-of-its-kind suite located where the sky meets the sea … inside one of the ship’s iconic funnels! Filled with materials, iconography and artwork from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana,” the 1,966-square-foot Wish Tower Suite leaves guests truly inspired. The signature art piece is a hand-crafted porcelain sculpture that seemingly comes to life, pulsing in a myriad of green hues amid soft chimes recalling the film’s distinctive soundtrack. Complete with two main bedrooms, a children’s room, a library that converts to a bedroom and a whopping four and a half bathrooms, the Wish Tower Suite can fit up to eight people! Located on the upper-level loft, the lavish and serene main bedrooms feature king beds, walk-in closets and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the living area below and out to the views beyond.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort: Moana: A Homecoming Celebration

Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” is the first-ever Disney parks stage show featuring the beloved heroine Moana. Inspired by Moana’s adventure from the smash-hit animated film, this all-new live show is filled with inspirational visual storytelling, dancing, puppetry and music. The show recounts Moana’s epic adventures after she restores the heart of Te Fiti (the mother island who gives life) alongside Maui, and then returns to her home village of Motunui. Guests are invited to be a part of the show through interactive elements, boundless imagination and creativity.

Disneyland Paris: Gardens of Wonder

Take some time to appreciate the gorgeous Moana-inspired, abstract statue at Disneyland Paris’ Gardens of Wonder. Constructed in celebration of Disneyland Paris’ 30th anniversary, this outdoor museum leaves guests inspired as they walk around the grounds of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Tokyo Disney Resort: ‘it’s a small world’

You’re welcome! Everyone’s favorite Polynesian princess is now at “it’s a small world!” at Tokyo Disney Resort. Located in Fantasyland directly past Cinderella’s Castleat Tokyo Disneyland, experience this fun-filled ride for the whole family.

Shanghai Disney Resort: “Summer Blast” Castle Show

Have a splashing great time in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle, where Mickey, Moana and other Disney favorites perform iconic songs alongside waves of both water and music in Summer Blast!—be sure to see this show before it goes away Aug.31!

Moana Inspired Merchandise

Bring the classic Disney Animation story to life with Disney Animators’ Collection Moana Doll. The young interpretation of this Oceania-inspired princess leaves any Moana fan wanting more. For any plush toy fans, don’t skip out on the Disney Moana Clucking Heihei Plush. Perfect for cuddling, playing and well… Heihei.

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