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Welcoming Te Fiti to EPCOT

Reid Ekman

by , Lead Concept Designer, Walt Disney Imagineering

We recently welcomed Te Fiti to the World Nature neighborhood of EPCOT in Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana and we are thrilled to be celebrating this moment! Our team of Imagineers have been working to bring Te Fiti to life for years and we are excited to share this sneak peek of her as work continues to happen along the waterways and landscape areas within Journey of Water.

The development of Te Fiti and her pose was a close collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios and its Creative Legacy team. As guests walk along the trail, they will come across Te Fiti, who is seen protecting water as it travels through the water cycle.

Along with Moana as a steward of water conservation, Te Fiti is a symbol of how we should protect and nurture water wherever we find it. This is an important theme in Journey of Water, where guests will learn more about how water travels from our skies to the ocean, and back again. This story will unfold along a lush trail inspired by the environments and art style of the beloved Walt Disney Animation Studios film.

The World Nature neighborhood is dedicated to the awe and wonder of our natural world, and we are excited to continue that theme within Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana. This will be a place where guests can engage with water and learn more about the impact we have on our natural world. We will even learn how to become better stewards of nature just like Moana!


We look forward to welcoming guests in late 2023 to see Te Fiti, engage with magical water, and learn more about conservation and the cycle of water! Keep up to date with the Disney Parks Blog and the Walt Disney Imagineering YouTube channel to see more interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from projects around the world!

Comments

  • I stand corrected and appreciate the insight. I was under the misguided belief that it was to be very modern (high tech) and experimental almost space ship type living so again, I stand corrected happily!

  • As Walt said the parks will never be complete. They will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world. “In 1994, the park was renamed to “Epcot”, dropping the acronym and “Center” from the name. In the late 2010s, the park began a major ongoing multi-year overhaul including several new and replaced attractions as well as the revision of the existing two sections of the park into four: World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature and World Showcase.”

  • “In 1994, the park was renamed to “Epcot”, dropping the acronym and “Center” from the name. In the late 2010s, the park began a major ongoing multi-year overhaul including several new and replaced attractions as well as the revision of the existing two sections of the park into four: World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature and World Showcase.”

  • I hope I can make it and see her in person. It strikes me that this plays off the original idea for Epcot, though. The Wikipedia page for Walt’s vision talks about public transportation and urban gardens.

  • First of all let me preface this by saying Te Fiti is quite beautiful and will be a delight to see in person, of that I have no doubt.
    My only issue is that all these new neighborhoods being implemented in EPCOT really are not coinciding with Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, lovely as this may all be, it is way off the vision!
    It is as if you want to destroy the EPCOT vision and create a larger Animal Kingdom or hodge podge of parks into EPCOT. It’s either an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow or it’s not, you can’t really have both…