Best At­trac­tion: Grand Fi­esta Tour

WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY LYNN SVEN­SON

The Ep­cot World Show­case may not be known for it’s plethora of thrill rides, or rides at all for that mat­ter. But while you are walk­ing around World Show­case en­joy­ing the sights, cul­ture, and food (oh, the food!), there are a few at­trac­tions to help en­hance your ex­pe­ri­ence. In fact, you may not even know that some ex­ist if you aren’t look­ing at a park map or don’t ven­ture in­side the pav­il­ions. But the Gran Fi­esta Tour Star­ring the Three Caballeros is a fun at­trac­tion for the en­tire fam­ily that should be added to your tour­ing plan.

LO­CA­TION

The Gran Fi­esta Tour Star­ring the Three Caballeros is lo­cated within the Mex­ico Pavil­ion in World Show­case at Ep­cot. The Mex­ico Pavil­ion is the first coun­try you en­counter when tour­ing the World Show­case in a clock­wise path, and is al­most en­tirely con­tained within a large Mayan pyra­mid. To get to the Gran Fi­esta Tour Star­ring the Three Caballeros, you must en­ter the pyra­mid, stroll past the shops (but be sure to visit them af­ter!) and head all the way back, to the left. There is a small sign com­pared to other at­trac­tions, so don’t miss it!

QUEUE/PRE-SHOW EX­PE­RI­ENCE

There isn’t much of a queue or pre-show ex­pe­ri­ence for the Gran Fi­esta Tour Star­ring the Three Caballeros. The queue is small, with just a few rows, and you can see the board­ing area from the queue. There is no Fast­pass+ avail­able for this ride, but you would never need it. The wait is usu­ally zero to just a few min­utes.

AT­TRAC­TION EX­PE­RI­ENCE

The Gran Fi­esta Tour Star­ring the Three Caballeros is a mu­si­cal, dark boat ride. The ride be­gins with a lit­tle tour around a Mayan Pyra­mid, and you can see the din­ing area of the San An­gel Inn Res­tau­rante. Af­ter this, you float through a tun­nel, where Pan­chito Pis­toles and José Car­i­oca of The Three Caballeros in­tro­duce them­selves and tell you that the third mem­ber, Don­ald Duck, has gone miss­ing. Much of the ac­tion is on large screens fea­tur­ing live-ac­tion footage of peo­ple in Mex­ico, with su­per­im­posed car­toon ver­sions of the Three Caballeros. Guests are de­lighted with danc­ing Au­dio-an­i­ma­tronic dolls and skele­ton mari­achis, and a “fire­works” fi­nale at the end.

WHO WILL LOVE IT?

Younger chil­dren that like boat rides and those want­ing to es­cape the heat with­out a long wait will love it. In a world of Fast­pass+ and overly sched­uled tour­ing plans, it’s nice to still have a spur-of-the-mo­ment op­tion.

FI­NAL TIPS

Take in all of the sights, sounds, shops, and ac­tiv­i­ties of the Mex­ico Pavil­ion to get the full ex­pe­ri­ence. The beauty of World Show­case is that it can trans­port you to var­i­ous coun­tries with­out the ex­haust­ing plane rides and jet lag, cre­at­ing a more in­ti­mate and unique ex­pe­ri­ence for you and your whole fam­ily!

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