The Gran Fiesta Tour at EPCOT’s Mexico Pavilion has added new audio-animatronics Three Caballeros figures toward the end of the boat ride. When the attraction first opened after a 2007 re-imagining of the ride, it had a screen with animated video of the Three Caballeros performing a concert. This update replaces the screen with actual audio-animatronic figures for the famous trio. I have to think that’s progress.
If the three figures look familiar that’s because they have a history at Disney theme parks. The Three Caballeros figures first appeared in the original Mickey Mouse Revue attraction at the Magic Kingdom and opened with the park on October 1, 1971. When the show closed in 1980, it was moved to Tokyo Disneyland where it opened in 1983. That show ran until 2009. The figures later made their way back to Walt Disney World as part of a D23 Destination D event for Walt Disney World’s 40th anniversary.
Now they’re back entertaining guests on-stage. While the figures are the same, they have been upgraded with new mechanics for a better range of motion and programability. Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments:
If you’re a big fan of the attraction or the Three Caballeros you won’t want to miss Disney Park’s limited time availability T-shirt honoring the attraction. ‘Los Tres Caballeros” welcome you on a Gran Fiesta Tour through Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion. The colorfully commemorative tee features the happy trio of feathered friends, Donald Duck, José Carioca, and Panchito. Order online before December 10th before it goes adios forever.
A nice improvement!
I guess this means guests won’t have to worry about missing out on the remainder of the animation provided by Eric Goldberg. It sure would be great to see a video file of the animation that got replaced by animatronics, though.