Epcot’s Mexico Ride: Gran Fiesta Tour; The Three Caballeros

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a dark ride housed within the pyramid-shaped Mexico pavilion, at the Epcot theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States.

The attraction begins with posters indicating that the Three Caballeros are to perform a concert tonight.

After boarding the boats, guests float around the Mayan pyramid in the back of the pavilion’s main room. Soon, guests enter a tunnel on the side of the pyramid, where Panchito Pistoles and José Carioca of The Three Caballeros introduce themselves, only to find out that Donald Duck, the third member of the group, has run off, prompting Panchito and Jose to set off on a frantic search for their missing friend. The next few scenes show Donald touring Mexico and José and Panchito on a magic sarape (a sort of Mexican flying poncho) looking for him.

The next scene has characters similar to ‘It’s a Small World’ with dancing animatronics and a Donald Duck piñata. Once past this area, guests enter a cave, which features different scenes of live-action footage with the Caballeros. After leaving the cave, there are three panels featuring a Mariachi band in the first, some Mexican girls and Donald in the second and Panchito and José pulling Donald away from the girls in the third. From here, guests float into Mexico City, where fireworks are going off overhead and the Three Caballeros are finally performing their concert.

Panchito, the leader of the trio, is the only Mexican character of the three, as Donald has always been portrayed as a citizen of the United States while José is a Brazilian. In the movie, Panchito is often seen firing guns into the air and whooping, while José smokes cigars. The characters were toned down for the ride and don’t smoke or shoot.

With its dancing dolls and miniature movies, the ride is a hybrid of the aforementioned It’s a Small World and the now defunct If You Had Wings.

Land     World Showcase Mexico Pavilion
Designer     Walt Disney Imagineering
Attraction type     Boat Canal
Propulsion method     Propulsion Pumps
Opening date     April 6, 2007
Hosted by     The Three Caballeros
Vehicle type     Boat
Vehicle names     Mexico Cruiser
Vehicle capacity     16
Capacity     1656 people per hour
Previous attraction     El Rio del Tiempo

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