Located near the entrance of Pixar Place, “Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream” is an fascinating multimedia exhibit that celebrates the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Since the release of “The Good Dinosaur” in November 2015, this Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction has also frequently played host to extended previews for upcoming Disney movies at the end of the tour, and, as the amount of banners advertising “Moana” currently placed around the attraction’s entrance can attest to, the latest Walt Disney Animation Studios release is no exception. However, this latest preview has proved to be more elaborate than those that came before. Not only are clips from the film screened in “The Walt Disney Theater,” but guests are also given the opportunity to come face to face with Moana herself in a brand new meet and greet area that now fills most of the exhibit’s “The Legacy Continues” gallery.
Drawing inspiration from the ancient history and mythology of the Pacific Islands, “Moana” follows its title heroine as she teams up with the demigod Maui on sea voyage to save the world. This isn’t the first time this beautiful region has been depicted in Disney animation, though. From Mickey Mouse and friends lounging on the beach at Waikiki in the 1937 short “Hawaiian Holiday” to a small blue alien finding his ‘ohana on the Hawaiian island of KauaʻI in 2002’s “Lilo and Stitch, Polynesia has served as setting for some memorable Disney moments over the years. Just as the sea calls to Moana in her story, the Pacific Islands seems to keep calling Disney’s artists to return as well.