Best Attraction: Grand Fiesta Tour
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!