VIDEO - Epcot's Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros gets new animatronic finale

Dec 07, 2015 in "Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros"

Gran Fiesta Tour's new animatronic finale
Posted: Monday December 7, 2015 8:00am EST by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney Imagineering brought a welcome surprise to Epcot's World Showcase on Friday with the unveiling of a new audio-animatronic finale to the Mexico Pavilion's Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros.

In place of the former animated movie scene that formed the attractions finale since its major refurbishment in 2007, three audio-animatronics figures now complete the ride with Panchito, José Carioca, and Donald Duck taking the stage.

The figures are actually from the Magic Kingdom's Mickey Mouse Revue, which closed in 1980, moving to Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. The three animatronics performed as part of that show until 2009, and have since appeared at various special events, but now have a permanent home again at Walt Disney World in Epcot.

A new sign outside of the attraction was also installed as part of the updates on Friday.

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BubbaisWokeFeb 01, 2021

We all get a little sleepy on the shift after lunch break.

M:SpilotISTC12Feb 01, 2021

What's the point of even having a bunch of theme parks if you're not going to maintain the attractions? I can understand a once in a while occurrence but it's just getting silly seeing the same bunch of animatronics break down all the time. We all knew the quality was starting to go down the drain but now it's just getting laughable at how much we will pay and overlook the lack of general maintenance that Disney used to pride themselves with. It's almost like the Bobs are playing a game of chicken with each other to see how low they can get the quality before people stop showing up. "Well Bob, I raise you're stripping away Magical Express with reducing staff down to 1 maintenance tech for each park! We'll see who wins this time! Muahhhhhh"-One Bob to another, probably.

Homemade ImagineeringFeb 01, 2021

These animatronics are your usual, classic pneumatically operated figures, with maybe a couple hydraulic functions here and there, I wouldn't be able to tell entirely. Anyways, with pneumatics there's a lot to take care of. You have to drain the air compressor every once in a while, so the air tank doesn't rust overtime from condensation, you have to make sure there isn't any water in the solenoid valve banks (the solenoids are the culprit of the loud clicking sounds you'll occasionally hear in case you're wondering), the cylinders may go bad overtime due to general wear and tear, rust etc... regardless, I'm sure there hasn't been as much attention towards show quality as of recently due to, what I'm assuming are budget cuts of course due to the pandemic, and thus we have 3 AAs out for, possibly long overdue maintenance.

Cmdr_CrimsonFeb 01, 2021

And they could have tied it up to this since it's now on D+

Brer OswaldFeb 01, 2021

Fun fact. Most of the songs in the film aren’t actually Disney songs. They were written by native Mexicans and Brazilians before the film started production.

RSoxNo1Feb 01, 2021

The video circulating was the shaman hunched over. I'm assuming that it wasn't this way for long and someone just happened to catch it before B mode started up.

Ellen RipleyFeb 01, 2021

for fun, here's the original version of the Three Caballeros song

matt9112Feb 01, 2021

I dont trust them to put in enough' effort....

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UNCgolfFeb 01, 2021

Exactly the kind of thing they'd want to avoid now if possible.

Brer OswaldFeb 01, 2021

Was the B mode screen busted too? Did they have to break out the C mode origami Shaman?

RSoxNo1Feb 01, 2021

Na'vi Shaman was busted today.

disneyC97Jan 31, 2021

First trip in November 1983 my family waited in a massive crowd (line?) to just enter The Land pavilion doors then a queue all the way down to the boats.

UNCgolfJan 31, 2021

Queue space is the problem. The queue for that ride only has room for few hundred people at most, and even that might be stretching it. Furthermore, the Mexico pavilion isn't really built in a way that would allow you to easily increase the queue space without serious renovations. I also think this is one of the reasons Living with the Land has never been up for an overhaul (at least to my knowledge), although I don't think it's the biggest reason. There's just not much room for a long line there, though.