Are you ready to dive into a one-of-a-kind water adventure? We were invited by the wonderful people at Walt Disney World for a special preview of their latest attraction, Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana. And, let us tell you, it’s a real game-changer. This new water adventure officially opened its doors on October 16, 2023, and it’s nothing short of magical. What’s more, you can make this journey even more unforgettable by staying with Casiola vacation homes. So, grab your Mickey ears, put on your best explorer hat, and join us as we embark on a water-filled journey through EPCOT! Here’s everything you need to know about this captivating experience, along with some insider tips to make the most of your visit. And, as a bonus, we’ll even show you how to enhance your stay with Casiola vacation homes for an unforgettable Disney vacation.
Embrace the Magic of EPCOT
EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, stands as a unique beacon within Walt Disney World Resort, renowned for seamlessly fusing entertainment and education. It’s a place where you can explore the world’s wonders, from the historical past to the dynamic present, and even catch a glimpse of the future. The park, with its iconic Spaceship Earth, is a symbol of innovation and learning, embodying Disney’s commitment to not only entertain but also inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity. This tradition continues with the enchanting new attraction, Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, which harmoniously aligns with EPCOT’s core mission. It elegantly blends entertainment with education, emphasizing the importance of our relationship with the environment and our natural world. Situated in the park’s World Nature neighborhood alongside favorites like The Land and The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Journey of Water serves as a captivating journey that both enchants and educates, delivering essential lessons about water conservation and the beauty of our planet while upholding EPCOT’s commitment to engaging and enlightening its visitors.
Inside Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana
We began our journey through this remarkable attraction and were immediately captivated by the experience. Journey of Water feels like an oasis right in the heart of EPCOT. Inspired by the animated film Moana, the attraction is designed with several sections representing various aspects of the water cycle and different bodies of water, such as rain, lakes, and the ocean. Each section offers unique ways to interact with water. From playful fountains to a splash pad and streams of water that leap above you, there’s a world of watery wonder to discover. If you’re traveling with youngsters who love to run through splash pads, remember to pack a change of clothes.
Other features require you to take action to elicit responses from the water. For instance, step in a designated spot, and you’ll witness a burst of water shooting into the air. In another section, you can wave your hand through streams of running water, creating beautiful harp-like sounds, with each stream producing a different note. Symbols and signage guide you through the experience, explaining how to create these enchanting effects. But one of the most exciting aspects of this attraction is how it encourages collaboration. For a specific interactive element, the more guests participating, the higher the wave they can collectively create, making it a thrilling group experience.
What to Expect at the Attraction
As you embark on your journey through this captivating aquatic wonderland, prepare to be enchanted by the presence of beloved characters and iconic symbols from the hit movie, Moana, masterfully etched into the lush landscape. Keep your eyes peeled, and you may catch a glimpse of Moana, the intrepid heroine, along with her larger-than-life companion Maui, the comically charming Pua, and the ever-eccentric Hei Hei. These familiar faces breathe life into the attraction, creating moments of joy and nostalgia for fans of the film. But that’s not all; one of the undeniable highlights of the experience is the awe-inspiring 15-foot-tall representation of Te Fiti, a masterpiece crafted from a staggering 3,000 individual pieces of foliage. This majestic installation, nestled amidst the picturesque scenery, beckons you to draw near and immerse yourself in its natural grandeur.
Yet, what truly distinguishes Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana is its harmonious blend of beloved characters, engaging interactive learning opportunities, and the enchanting magic of Disney. Unlike some other park attractions that may rush you through, this one encourages you to embrace it at your own pace. Take your time to savor all the intricate details and discover new ways to interact with the water around you. This is an experience designed to allow you to explore and engage, providing a unique space for creativity and play, ensuring that each visit is truly your own.
How to Make the Most of Your Experience
Stepping into this enchanting attraction, you’ll quickly discover that it’s a realm of endless surprises, with every twist and turn offering a unique and memorable experience. Whether you choose to tread the dry paths, immersing yourself in the wonder of water from a slightly drier perspective, or opt for the wet paths, surrendering to the delightful splashes and sprays, you have the freedom to tailor your journey to your liking. This flexibility ensures that your adventure is uniquely yours, as you can spend as much time as your heart desires in each area, allowing the captivating world of water to work its magic on your senses.
What’s more, this aquatic paradise welcomes explorers during both the day and night, unveiling different dimensions of its beauty and intrigue. As the sun sets and the stars begin to twinkle, the attraction takes on a new life. Vibrant, colorful lighting adds an extra layer of magic to the water elements, casting a bewitching glow that’s absolutely worth experiencing during both daylight and nightfall.
During our visit, we couldn’t help but notice how guests of all ages were wholeheartedly engaged in this aquatic adventure. Toddlers reveled in the joy of splashing around in puddles, giggles echoing through the air. Families gathered around captivating signage that imparted valuable lessons about the water cycle, making learning an integral part of the fun. Meanwhile, teenagers seized the opportunity to capture picture-perfect moments against captivating photographic backdrops featuring their beloved movie characters. This attraction not only infuses an extra layer of fun into your EPCOT visit but also serves as an excellent way to cool down and refresh in the midst of your exciting park adventure. It’s a multifaceted experience, designed to cater to the wide spectrum of visitors, ensuring that everyone can make the most of this aquatic oasis.
Debut of “Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana”
The much-anticipated and fantastic water adventure known as Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, marked its grand debut in the heart of EPCOT on the memorable date of October 16, 2023. This unveiling of Disney’s latest masterpiece brought with it a wave of excitement, as fans and visitors from all over the world eagerly flocked to witness its enchanting grand opening. However, the excitement doesn’t end with the attraction itself. To make this occasion even more unforgettable, Disney has a special treat in store for its guests. Starting on the very same day as the attraction’s opening, the beloved and fearless Moana herself will be there to greet and engage with visitors at EPCOT. She will regale you with tales of her epic journeys, share captivating stories, and, of course, offer warm hugs that embody the magic of Disney.
This extraordinary experience ingeniously merges the enchantment of Disney with the awe-inspiring wonders of water, creating a symphony of sights, sounds, and emotions that’s sure to stay with you long after your visit. Whether you’re an ardent fan of Moana and her adventures or simply looking for a delightful blend of fun and education, Journey of Water stands as an absolute must-visit attraction at EPCOT. It’s a place where entertainment and enlightenment unite, allowing you to embark on a journey that leaves you with a deep appreciation for the marvels of our natural world, wrapped in the magic of Disney. So, don’t miss out on this remarkable experience that offers an unprecedented fusion of storytelling, education, and entertainment, ensuring your visit to EPCOT is nothing short of unforgettable.
Enhance Your Stay with Casiola vacation homes
When it’s time to immerse yourself even deeper in the enchantment of Disney, we invite you to consider the unparalleled comfort and convenience of Casiola vacation homes. Our carefully curated selection of vacation rental properties serves as the perfect oasis for rest and rejuvenation after an exhilarating day at EPCOT. Imagine stepping into your very own haven, a spacious retreat that truly feels like a home away from home. You can relax in a luxurious living room, whip up your favorite meals in a fully-equipped kitchen, and enjoy peaceful nights in cozy bedrooms that promise a restful sleep. Plus, many of our properties come with the added luxury of a private pool, offering you the ultimate in relaxation and privacy. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or as a couple, our vacation homes cater to your every need, making your stay a delightful and memorable part of your Disney adventure.
But Casiola vacation homes offers more than just accommodations; we provide a complete experience. Our dedicated team is here to ensure that your Disney adventure is nothing short of extraordinary. From offering guidance and support to providing recommendations and assistance, we are committed to making your stay as seamless and enjoyable as possible. So, chart your course, embark on an unforgettable journey into the captivating world of water inspired by Moana at EPCOT, and know that when you choose Casiola vacation homes, your Disney adventure transforms into an experience you’ll treasure forever. It’s the perfect blend of world-class attractions and accommodations, all tailored to create magical moments and enduring memories.
Modern Townhome w/ Pool+ Spa | Game Room | BBQ
Townhome - ChampionsGate Resort - OrlandoThis stunning 5 bedroom, 5 bath townhome in ChampionsGate is spacious, expertly designed, and equipped with unbeatable amenities such as a game room, pool/spa, BBQ, and themed bedrooms that will make your Orlando vacation one for the books! With sleeping space for up to 10 guests, this vacation home is perfect for groups or families. As a guest of ChampionsGate Resort, you will have free, unlimited access to all resort amenities, including: -25,000-square-foot "Oasis Clubhouse" -Zero-entry Family Pool and Whirlpool -Kids Pool and Splash Pad -3 Waterslides -Lazy River -Adults-only Pool -Tiki Bar -Spa -Full-service Restaurant and Bar -Fitness Center and Aerobics Room -Game/Arcade Room -Movie Theater -Volleyball and Tennis Courts -And more! THE SPACE: The large fully equipped kitchen features beautiful counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and plenty of easy to use amenities. Enjoy meals together in the nearby dining area, breakfast bar, or even outdoors on the patio. The kitchen area includes four barstool seats and the dining table nearby offers seating for eight guests. Open and inviting, the living room space features high ceilings, show-stopping appointments, a plush sectional, large flat-screen television, and a stunning view via sliding glass doors of the private outdoor pool area. For additional lounging and entertainment space, there is also a loft area with a Smart TV. Beautifully furnished and tastefully styled, the Bedroom #1 is a rich and vibrant space, featuring a luxurious king-size bed with an elegant wood headboard, complimented by a dark green accent wall. Bedroom presents a tasteful light blue color scheme and also includes a king size bed. For your privacy and convenience, it is equipped with an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The third bedroom is a king-size room as well and is also equipped with an en-suite bathroom with both a shower and bathtub. Mickey Mouse décor and bright red color accents make this space fun and lively . Any wizards in your group? The fourth bedroom offers a luxurious king-size bed and boasts a Harry Potter theme! Lastly, showcasing two twin beds and a Guardians of the Galaxy theme, the fifth bedroom is perfect for kids! *All rooms are complete with Smart TV's and ceiling fans.* The outdoor space is perfect for grilling while watching the kids having fun in your own private swimming pool and spa! **Optional pool and spa heat is available for $35/day + tax. We would recommend adding pool heat to your reservation between the months of November and April.** For fun indoors, this home offers a incredible game room with poker table, Smart TV, and arcade games! Whether it’s the location, the amenities, or the style – you can’t go wrong with stay at Champions Gate Resort! You will be staying less than 20 minutes from Universal Studios, Disney World and other Orlando theme parks. As part of the ChampionsGate community, numerous restaurants, grocery store, drug stores, and other retailers are close by and easily accessible.
Beautifully Decorated 9 BR Pool Home w/Spa + Game Room!
House - ChampionsGate Resort - OrlandoRelax in the Florida sun in this beautifully designed, 9 bedroom 5 bath Orlando vacation home. Located in the Retreat at ChampionsGate in Davenport Florida, just minutes from Walt Disney World Orlando! As a guest of ChampionsGate Resort, you will have free, unlimited access to all resort amenities, including: -25,000-square-foot "Oasis Clubhouse" -Zero-entry Family Pool and Whirlpool -Kids Pool and Splash Pad -3 Waterslides -Lazy River -Adults-only Pool -Tiki Bar -Spa -Full-service Restaurant and Bar -Fitness Center and Aerobics Room -Game/Arcade Room -Movie Theater -Volleyball and Tennis Courts -And more! THE SPACE: The kitchen offers beautiful granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances along with everything you need to cook up your families favorite home cooked meals! The dining room and breakfast bar offer plenty of seating for the whole family to enjoy those delicious home cooked meals in your home away from home! Experience endless hours of family fun in the game room where you'll find a pool table, Foosball table, and your very own putting green! Let the games begin! The upstairs loft is equipped with a projector system for you and your family to watch your favorite movies and new new releases! Experience your own personal movie theater right from your vacation home. The downstairs floor offers 2 master bedrooms with king size beds AND en-suite bathrooms! Out of the 7 bedrooms you'll find upstairs, 3 of them are dedicated just for the little ones! They'll get to sleep and play in an Avengers themed bedroom offering 3 full size beds, a Minions themed bedroom with a full and twin size bed, AND a Disney themed bedroom also with a full and twin size bed! These fun and exciting bedrooms are sure to make their Orlando vacation one to remember! The other 4 upstairs bedrooms are perfect for teens and adults! Beautifully decorated in relaxing tones, they offer the perfect space to relax and experience an excellent nights sleep! You'll find 3 of these lovely rooms with king size beds and 1 room with a full and twin size beds. If you enjoy watching TV before you fall asleep, don't worry because we've got you covered! Each bedroom includes it's own flat screen TV! In fact, there are 2 flat screen TV's in the Avengers room! There's plenty of bathroom space for everyone to get ready for the day as a large shared bathroom with double sinks accompanies 4 of the upstairs bedrooms and a full size bathroom is located off of the loft area. Enjoy your sunny Florida vacation in the ChampionsGate resort with your own private pool, with covered lanai. Soak up the Florida sun while relaxing on the comfortable chaise lounge chairs AND enjoy lunch and evening meals at the outdoor dining area! **Optional pool heat is available for $35/day + tax. We recommend adding this option to your reservation between the months of November and April.** Whether it’s the location, the amenities, or the style – you can’t go wrong with stay at Champions Gate Resort! You will be staying less than 20 minutes from Universal Studios, Disney World and other Orlando theme parks. As part of the ChampionsGate community, numerous restaurants, grocery store, drug stores, and other retailers are close by and easily accessible.
9BR/5BA Pool Home at ChampionsGate Resort *Sleeps 23*
House - ChampionsGate Resort - OrlandoYour family will have plenty of space to relax and enjoy vacation in this 9 bedroom/ 5 bathroom home in ChampionsGate! Spacious, expertly designed, and packed with an unbeatable selection of amenities, this vacation home is unmatched! As a guest of ChampionsGate Resort, you will have free, unlimited access to all resort amenities, including: -25,000-square-foot "Oasis Clubhouse" -Zero-entry Family Pool and Whirlpool -Kids Pool and Splash Pad -3 Waterslides -Lazy River -Adults-only Pool -Tiki Bar -Spa -Full-service Restaurant and Bar -Fitness Center and Aerobics Room -Game/Arcade Room -Movie Theater -Volleyball and Tennis Courts -And more! THE SPACE: The 1st floor features a spacious, inviting living room (equipped with 65" TV), dining area with table seating for 10 people, breakfast bar, fully equipped gourmet kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and granite counter tops, as well as two bedrooms (both with en-suites). The second floor offers a loft area and 7 additional bedrooms, 3 of which are themed rooms for kids/teens). The younger members of your group can choose from Harry Potter, Star Wars and Princess themed rooms. *Every bedroom has its own TV.* The outside area features a private swimming pool and lounger chairs for ultimate fun and relaxation! **Optional pool heat is available for $35/day + tax. - We recommend adding this option to your reservation between the months of November and April.** This home also includes an extraordinary Justice League themed game room, complete with game consoles, pro gaming chairs, pool and air hockey table! For your convenience, a full size washer and dryer is available in the home for your use (So you can pack light!) Whether it’s the location, the amenities, or the style – you can’t go wrong with stay at Champions Gate Resort! You will be staying less than 20 minutes from Universal Studios, Disney World and other Orlando theme parks. As part of the ChampionsGate community, numerous restaurants, grocery store, drug stores, and other retailers are close by and easily accessible.
Spacious, Family-Friendly Pool Home w/Game Room in Solara
House - Solara Resort - OrlandoIf you're planning a vacation to Orlando, this spacious, fully furnished, family-friendly, private pool home in Solara Resort is the perfect option for you! With 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, this vacation home can comfortably accommodate up to 14 guests. Solara Resort is a new gated resort community at the center of all of Orlando’s exciting attractions. Located just a short 10 min drive from Walt Disney World, this stunning resort offers everything from a luxury clubhouse to expansive the clubhouse feature not only an expansive water complex. As a guest of Solara Resort, you can enjoy free, unlimited access to all resort amenities, including: -Heated Grand Pool -FlowRider Wave/Surf Simulator (*Fee Required*) -Poolside Cabanas -Pool Bar -Fitness Center -Outdoor Fitness Lawn -Sand Volleyball Court -Soccer Field -Full-sized Basketball Court -Indoor and Outdoor Lounges -Workstations -Tween/teen Hangout Center -Children’s Playground -Ice Cream Parlor -Bar and Grill -And more! THE SPACE: Enter a breathtaking open concept living and dining area with vaulted ceilings, rustic decorative touches, and an idyllic view of your private pool area. Now, that is what you call a vacation home! For additional lounging space, head upstairs to the loft area. Here, you'll find a large sectional with a built-in chaise lounge and a card table. The deluxe dining area comes with a striking table prepared for ten and the breakfast bar accommodates an additional four. So, whether you are serving up your favorite dish for the entire family or planning a relaxing night of take-out, this fully loaded gourmet kitchen, embellished with pastoral cabinetry, gorgeous granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances, makes dining a dream. Need to get a little work done while on vacation? Tucked away you will find an additional workstation that allows you to obtain a touch of privacy while still being a part of the action. In the mood for some competition? Start up a round of billiards or get a game of foosball going in the game room! This home includes 6 luxurious, well-appointed bedrooms. The master bedroom features a king size bed, matching nightstands, and its very own en-suite with an extra-large stall glass shower. The second master suite features another king size bed and its own en suite bathroom with two vanities and an elegant sink and walk-in shower. Stocked with two bunkbeds and its very own wall-mount TV, the little ones will love this next room! When it comes to this next guest bedroom, a queen size bed, ornate furnishings, window seat, and bathroom set the scene for a relaxing and tranquil retreat. Next door, modern style and convenience makes its way centerstage with a queen size bed, trendy wall display, additional seating, and a private bathroom. Need additional sleeping space? The final bedroom offers two twin beds, a wall mounted TV, and a countryside dresser. Ready for some fun? Slide open the glass doors and step out onto your screened-in lanai. With table and lounge seating for sixteen, you can host the backyard get together of a lifetime! Kick back and dive into your own private pool with a built-in spa. **You can even turn your spa into a hot tub by adding an optional pool and spa heat package for only $35/day + tax. - We recommend adding this option to your reservation between the months of November and April.**
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