Donald Duck has disappeared! Guests will join forces with Panchito and José Carioca, the other two parts of the Three Caballeros, in an attempt to find Donald Duck. Although this is an easy ride, be prepared to witness some wacky hijinks.
|Walt Disney World Park||Epcot|
|Location in Park||World Showcase|
|Height Restrictions||Any Height|
|Age Interests||All Ages|
|Thrill Type||Slow rides|
|Hours||Regular park hours|
|Accessibility Information||Must Transfer to Wheelchair, Audio Description, Handheld Captioning|
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros opened on April 6, 2007. It is based off of the 1944 film The Three Caballeros. It made history as being the first World Showcase attraction to change a pre-existing property to feature Disney characters inspiring other pavilions to follow suit.
Guests will board boats and set off on their journey, first encountering a Mayan Pyramid and volcano. Guests will also have a view of the restaurant San Angel Inn Restaurante on the opposite side.
As guests continue along, they will enter the main portion of the ride. Here is where guests learn that Donald Duck has gone gallivanting in Mexico. Various screens show all of the crazy things Donald Duck is up to. The animated scenes were done by Eric Goldberg, most famous for animating the Genie in Aladdin. There are also animatronic characters, similar to those in “it’s a small world” that are partaking in everyday activities and festivities in Mexico such as hitting a piñata and dancing.
The ride ends with guests watching a performance of The Three Caballeros in Mexico City under fireworks in the sky. After this portion is when guests exit their boats.
Location & Wait Times
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is located in Epcot. Guests will head to the World Showcase, and into the Mexico Pavilion. The large Aztec temple that is located in the center of the pavilion is the entrance to the attraction.
Guests can expect a medium wait time for this attraction, with the lowest waits being in the more and evening right before closing.
The queue for the Gran Fiesta Tour is certainly one of the most unique queues that guests will find. The line begins outside of the Temple modeled after an Aztec temple in the Mexico Pavilion. As guests get up the stairs and to the entrance to the temple, they will enter a gallery that includes artifacts from throughout Mexican history. There are even multiple homage areas to the movie “Coco”.
After going through the museum-like gallery, guests will enter an area called Plaza de los Amigos. This area is under a ceiling designed to look like a star lit sky. Inside there are tons of kiosks, and a bar and restaurant.
For guests to get through to the Gran Fiesta Tour ride, they will need to cross this area. It can get a little confusing, but there are Cast Members that will direct guests to the ride.
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