Walt Disney World Resort debuts Journey of Water attraction as part of Disney’s 100th anniversary celebrations

Walt Disney World Resort Florida guests visiting the Lake Buena Vista World Nature area can now voyage into an all-new adventure with Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, themed around the Disney animated film. The landscaped walking trail section boasts fun and surprises while engaging with water in magical ways like Moana did with the ocean, from simple greetings and high-fives, to crashing waves.

Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Moana in a new area of World Nature. Situated across from Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, fans can snap a few photos or share in a hug with the Wayfinder herself.

The new walkthrough attraction is the latest addition to the expansive vacation destination in Central Florida, continuing a wave of growth and investment across the resort.

Guests of all ages can join in the fun by making music with ‘rain harps,’ waving to jumping streams and creating a roaring ocean wave.

As guests walk along the trail, they will come across Te Fiti, who is seen protecting water as it travels through the water cycle. Guests might even discover beloved characters carved in the rock formations like Heihei, Pua and of course, Moana.

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana joins new experiences such as Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Connections Cafe & Eatery and more as part of the EPCOT transformation. Additional upcoming transformative elements include the debut of a new Walt Disney statue called ‘Walt the Dreamer’ at Dreamers Point and the World Celebration gardens with plenty of green space to enjoy.

The opening of Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana coincides with the 100-year anniversary of The Walt Disney Company today, October 16. During this centennial celebration, Disney will have special activations and tie-ins. In addition to the new attraction’s debut, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will greet guests in the Imagination! pavilion, and Spaceship Earth will light up each night with a colourful lighting display accompanied by the Disney100 anthem. There are also four new Global Marketplaces featuring celebratory dishes and drinks.

Gap years ditched as students avoid fee hike

Recent statistics unveiled by leading travel essentials provider Essential Travel shows less backpackers are set to travel following last year’s announcement of impending student fees.

Director of Essential Travel Stuart Bensusan comments: “Students who take a gap year will not be exempt from escalating university fees and all indications are that backpackers are certainly travelling less, with those that can still afford to travel perhaps skipping insurance as a way to save money.”

“Deciding to take the risk and travel without insurance may seem an easy way to economise and we’ve seen fewer backpackers take out policies, but it’s an expensive business should they need to claim.”

“Backpackers tend to embark on activities such as bungee jumping, diving and sky diving which are obviously higher risk than your average package holiday so if anyone ought to have a decent insurance policy its independent travellers.

“Having insurance helps with medical assistance, replacing lost luggage – even more important when your whole life is on your back.

“When creating a travel budget, young people should always include travel insurance so they can truly enjoy their experience and ensure they select a policy that covers all activities they intend to embark on.”

EssentialTravel.co.uk’s Backpacker Travel Insurance starts from £110.89 per person for twelve months and is, on average, 44% per cent cheaper than the company’s competitors.

For further information visit www.essentialtravel.co.uk or call 0845 803 5434.