You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros at EPCOT!
What is the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros?
The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is a slow-moving boat ride through the heart of Mexico where The Three Caballeros are to perform. The problem? Donald Duck has gone missing. Guests enjoy a gentle cruise past sets and scenery inspired by Mexico as Jose and Panchito try to find Donald before the concert.
Where is the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros?
The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is located inside the Mayan pyramid at the Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase.
What is the History of the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros?
The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros was originally known as El Rio Del Tiempo and debuted with the Mexico Pavilion on EPCOT’s opening day October 1, 1982. El Rio Del Tiempo closed in 2007 and reopened the same year as The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. The Three Caballeros consist of Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, and Panchito Pistoles from the 1944 Disney film The Three Caballeros.
Then, in 2015, audio-animatronics of Panchito, Jose, and Donald Duck were added to the attraction’s finale. These audio-animatronics were recycled from the Magic Kingdom’s former Mickey Mouse Revue attraction which closed in 1980.
What You Need to Know About the Queue
The queue entrance is located towards the rear of the outdoor marketplace inside the Mexico Pavilion’s massive pyramid. It mainly consists of switchbacks with posters showcasing Jose, Panchito, and Donald Duck.
What You Need to Know About the Experience
This attraction’s ride experience is gentle and slow moving and takes guests through a variety of scenes and sets but without any drops or dark, scary moments. The first scene is definitely a highlight. Guests float past a Mayan pyramid with a glowing volcano in the background which also serves as the backdrop for the San Angel Inn Restaurante.
Throughout the ride, guests see Donald Duck enjoying the sights and sounds of Mexico while Panchito and Jose try to find him. The finale scene shows the small audio-animatronics of Donald, Panchito, and Jose finally performing their concert as The Three Caballeros. The ride lasts about 7 minutes.
What You Need to Know About the Ride Vehicles
Guests board boats with a capacity of three to four guests per row. The seats consist of a hard bench with a back. There are no safety restraints. Guests must take a moderate step down in order to board the boat.
What You Need to Know About Accessibility
Guests must transfer to a wheelchair in order to experience this attraction. The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros offers a wheelchair capable vehicle.
What You Need to Know About Health and Safety Warnings
There are no health and safety warnings for this attraction!
What are the Height Requirements?
There are no height requirements for this attraction!
Does The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros Offer FastPass+?
During COVID-19 procedures, FastPass+ is not offered. Prior to that, this attraction did not offer FastPass+.
Does Weather Affect the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros?
Since this attraction and its queue is located indoors, weather shouldn’t affect its operation.
What’s the Best Time of Day to Experience the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros?
The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros doesn’t usually have a long wait.
This chart shows you roughly how long you’ll wait for Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros when you visit on a day with a given EPCOT Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average “peak” wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it’s the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros Wait Times.
Did I answer all of your questions about The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.
First published February 16, 2020. Updated June 9, 2021.