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Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a boat ride attraction in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It opened on April 6, 2007, replacing El Rio del Tiempo, and is housed within the pyramid-shaped structure at the Mexico Pavilion. The attraction was announced on February 23, 2007 although construction began on the ride on January 2, 2007.

Plot

The attraction begins in a queue area decorated 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 on a frantic search for their missing friend.

The next few scenes show Donald touring Mexico with Jose and Panchito flying on a magic sarape, looking for him.

Donald takes in the sites throughout the country. He visits Aztec Pyramids and goes boating, parasailing, cliff-diving and scuba-diving, among other activities.

One 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 the mariachi party, guests float into Mexico City, where fireworks are going off overhead and The Three Caballeros are finally performing their concert.

As the journey ends, guests pass a mural map inspired by the one that appears in the film before they arrive at the unload dock.

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 or shoot.
  • With its dancing animatronic 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 attraction at the neighboring Magic Kingdom park.
  • The ride uses Hanna-Barbera sound effects for the cheesy humor.
  • The Aracuan Bird makes a cameo in one of the animations.

Attraction Summary

Departing from the docks and going past a Mayan pyramid, the attraction begins with José Carioca and Panchito Pistoles introducing themselves with music and realizing that Donald has gone astray. Not wanting to be late for their concert stop in Mexico City, they set off on the flying sarape to look for him. While they search for him, Donald Duck takes in the sites throughout the country. He visits Aztec Pyramids, goes boating, parasailing, cliff diving and scuba diving among other activities. Eventually, Panchito and Jose catch up to Donald at a Mariachi performance and have to pull him away from numerous girls in order to finally reach their concert, with the attraction ending with a performance of the Three Caballeros song. Guests go past a mural map inspired by the one that appears in the film before they unload at the dock the attraction began at.

Development

Caballero animatronics

Animatronics from the Mickey Mouse Revue placed into the finale in 2015.

A Three Caballeros-inspired update to the Mexico Pavilion's boat ride was a long-persisting rumor since the early 2000s. Eventually, in 2007, El Rio del Tiempo closed for the long-rumored change. New footage was shot and the new animation for the attraction was directed by Eric Goldberg.

On December 4, 2015, the attraction received an update, replacing the ending scene's animation with the animatronics of the Caballeros from the Mickey Mouse Revue. This was part of earlier plans for the attraction, but refurbishing and repurposing the figures was delayed until then for budgetary reasons.

Voice talents

Gallery


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Disney Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros Logos
Media
Saludos AmigosVideoThe Three CaballerosVideoHouse of MouseTwo Happy AmigosA Present for DonaldSouth of the Border with Disney

Books and Comics: The Penguin That Hated the ColdThe Magnificent Seven (Minus 4) CaballerosThe Three Caballeros Ride AgainSouth of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948
Segments: El Gaucho GoofyAquarela do BrasilPedroLake TiticacaThe Cold-Blooded PenguinThe Flying GauchitoBaíaLos PosadasMexico: Pátzcuaro, Veracuz and AcapulcoDonald's Surreal Reverie

Disney Parks
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three CaballerosIt's a Small WorldMickey Mouse Revue

Restaurants: Mickey & Pals Market Café
Parade: Mickey's Soundsational Parade
Christmas: Mickey's Most Merriest CelebrationWorld of Color: Season of Light

Characters
Donald DuckGoofyJosé CariocaPanchito PistolesPedroMama PlanePapa PlaneAconcaguaAracuan BirdBurritoPabloand the PenguinsThe Toy BullFlying GauchitoYaya

Guest Stars: Walt DisneyFrank ThomasLee BlairMary BlairNorman Ferguson

Songs
The Three CaballerosYou Belong to My HeartWe Are The Three CaballerosMy Name is PanchitoSaludos Amigos
Locations
South AmericaBrazilMexicoArgentinaChilePeruUruguay
Deleted Concepts
The Laughing GauchitoCaxangaCuban CarnivalThe Hornero BirdBlame It on the SambaMiguelito Maracas


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World Showcase
Agent P's World Showcase AdventureMexico PavilionGran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three CaballerosNorway PavilionFrozen Ever AfterChina PavilionReflections of ChinaGermany PavilionItaly PavilionThe American AdventureJapan PavilionMorocco PavilionFrance PavilionInternational GatewayUnited Kingdom PavilionCanada PavilionO Canada!IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
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