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Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
Epcot
Land Mexico Pavilion, World Showcase
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Attraction type Boat Canal
Opening date April 6, 2007
Hosted by The Three Caballeros
Vehicle type Boat
Vehicle names Mexico Cruiser
Vehicle capacity 16
Replaced El Rio de Tiempo
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a dark ride attraction at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. It opened on April 6, 2007 replacing the El Rio de Tiempo and is housed within the pyramid-shaped structure at the Mexico Pavilion.

Attraction Summary

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 Jose 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 a frantic search for their missing friend. The next few scenes show Donald touring Mexico with Jose and Panchito on a magic sarape looking for him.

The next scene has characters similar to It's a Small World with dancing animatronic dolls 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 with Panchito and Jose pulling away Donald 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.

Trivia

  • Panchito, the leader of the trio, is the only Mexican character of the three, as Donald Duck has always been portrayed as a citizen of the United States while Jose is a Brazilian. In the movie, Panchito is often seen firing guns into the air and whooping, while Jose smokes cigars. As with the House of Mouse, probably due to Disney's Standards and Practices, the characters were toned down for the ride and don't smoke nor shoot.
  • With its dancing animatronic dolls and miniature movies, the ride is a hybit of the aforementioned It's a Small World and the now defunct If You Had Wings attractions at the neighboring park Magic Kingdom.

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