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Epcot is getting a new ‘Moana’-themed water attraction, other Disney news

Walt Disney World has also announced the name of the immersive Star Wars hotel that’s under construction.
A rendering of Epcot's Journey of Water, inspired by “Moana." The new attraction will be the first themed after the popular Walt Disney Animation Studios film. [Walt Disney World]
Published Aug. 23
Updated Aug. 23

A new attraction called the Journey of Water inspired by the hit animated movie Moana is coming to Epcot. Plus, Walt Disney World has announced the name of its new Star Wars hotel, which will have guests in uniform and windows that look like portals into outer space.

Dubbed Star Wars: Galactic Star Cruiser, the immersive hotel is under construction near Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is a companion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new $1 billion land opening at the theme park on Thursday. The hotel will invite guests aboard the Starship Halcyon to interact with their favorite characters on a two-night journey where “guests will also be active participants in stories that unfold around them during their stay."

But there was no confirmation about the outrageous price expected for the Starship Halcyon adventure. Disney still unveiled each nugget of information as breaking news at the leadup to this weekend’s D23 Expo, the company’s grand celebration of all things Walt Disney.

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The new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel at Walt Disney World will invite guests aboard the 'Starship Halcyon,' a starcruiser known throughout the galaxy for its impeccable service and destinations. [Walt Disney World]

Disney fans have been on high alert ever since the Mouse House teased the reveal of a “Secret Walt Disney Company Project” that would be part of the D23 Expo festivities. The big secret was ... a coffee-table book. And also a documentary called One Day at Disney, set to premiere Dec. 3, about a day in the life of Disney workers across the globe.

D23 is often a place for Disney to break company news, so stay tuned for more over the weekend. (The name D23 refers to D for Disney and 23 for 1923, the year Walt Disney founded the company.)

In the meantime, Epcot-goers can anticipate the Moana-themed Journey of Water, which will feature a “lush exploration trail” of water. No opening date has been set for the attraction, but it is part of a multiyear transformation of the theme park.

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