D - Major Attraction/Headliner
Supervise children at all times.
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is a lighthearted boat road that pays tribute to Mexican culture. It features the stars of the 1944 animated movie, The Three Caballeros: Panchito (rooster), Jose Carioca (parrot) and Donald Duck.
Jose and Panchito lose Donald on their trip through Mexico. Throughout the ride they are trying to get to the concert where they are performing together.
Join the Three Caballeros on a leisurely, musical boat cruise through Mexico.
Located inside the Mexico Pavilion to the left of San Angel Inn
This is a family friendly attraction. The cartoon components appeal to children while the Mexican scenery components appeal to adults.
Times Guide – Opening/Closing
This attraction typically opens at 11 AM with the rest of World Showcase.
The queue for this attraction is a small section of switchbacks. On crowded days, a roped off extended queue will be placed alongside the San Angel Inn and into the Plaza de los Amigos.
At the load area, photos of Panchito, Jose and Donald can be seen to the left of the boats.
Each boat has 5 rows that seat 3-4 guests per row.
Gran Fiesta Tour has a different storyline then it's predecessor, El Rio Del Tiempo. While many of the scenes are similar, the original version of the attraction focused on the history of Mexico. As of 2007, Gran Fiesta Tour focuses on the three characters from the 1944 film Saludos Amigos: Jose Carioca, Panchito, and Donald Duck. Jose and Panchito have lost Donald and they are looking throughout Mexico to find him.
As the boat leaves the loading area, it travels through an archway into open water. To the left, tree cover partially obscures the large Mayan pyramid before guests can see the projection of a volcano. On the right, guests can see patrons enjoying a meal at the San Angel Inn. The dimly lit area continues the nighttime theming of La Plaza de los Amigos.
The boat continues inside a tunnel with murals lining the wall. Straight ahead, is the first introduction to Panchito and Jose Carioca. They welcome us and are about to introduce Donald when it's revealed he is missing. Panchito calls for a serape (a Mexican flying carpet) to help them find Donald.
The next scene features set pieces integrated with screens showcasing Mexican landmarks. Donald can be seen wearing multiple sombreros and acting like a tourist. Jose and Panchito fly buy on the serape calling for Donald. Nearby, Donald can be seen climbing the Mayan pyramid steps in Chichen Itza before the steps turn into a ramp and he slides down.
After the section with projections, the next scene is a brightly colored village where there is a "Fiesta Hoy" (Party Today). A wide variety of characters are dancing and celebrating including children and skeleton animatronics. Two children can be seen trying to break a Donald Duck pinata as others dance nearby.
The next scene features screens integrated into rockwork where Donald is participating in more tourist activities. He can be scene chasing his clothes that are tethered behind a hang gliding boat. Nearby, Jose and Panchito have multiple scenes inside a restaurant where they are scared away:
- They approach a chef asking if he has seen a duck, the chef turns around and strikes a pair of chef knives together causing Jose and Panchito to fly away.
- They approach a waiter asking if he has seen a duck, and he lifts the cover of the plate he's holding to reveal a roasted duck, Jose and Panchito fly away after that as well.
Across the way, Donald can be seen attempting to dive off a cliff in Acapulco but he winds up bouncing off the rocks like a pinball. Other cliff divers can be seen diving successfully. The rockwork continues into the next scene where Donald can be seen scuba diving while Jose and Panchito fly by on the Serape calling for him.
The next seen is a festive scene with men and women dancing to Mariachi music. Jose and Panchito finally catch up with a distracted Donald and inform him it's showtime.
The finale scene circles around to the show where Jose, Panchito and Donald sing the Three Caballeros theme song as fireworks go off overhead.
Before exiting, Jose, Panchito and Donald can be seen painted on a mural of the country of Mexico. Their voices can be heard overhead wishing us well with sayings like "Viva Mexico!", "Adios Amigos!" and "Catch us on Tour". The boat then returns to the load area to complete the attraction.
The previous version of the attraction was known as El Rio Del Tiempo. The attraction opened with the park on October 1, 1982 and closed on January 2, 2007. It re-opened 3 months later (April 6th) as Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros.
The attraction is often described as a Mexican verion of "it's a small world". The first scene of the attraction where the boat travels past the Aztec Temple and the San Angel Inn restaurant is similar to Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland (California).
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