If you’ve recently visited the EPCOT attraction, The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, in the Mexico pavilion, chances are you noticed something missing… the three caballeros! When one animatronic went missing, a hole was left for ride viewers to see. Eventually all three animatronic caballeros were removed and replaced by poster board caballeros. Needless to say, Disney fans weren’t impressed. Good news today however as Disney Imagineer, Zach Riddley, has shared the caballeros have returned in working order!
As shared via Zach Riddley on Instagram: “¿Dónde están los Tres Caballeros? Our favorite three feathered friends have once again made their way back to The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros in the Mexico pavilion! A shout-out to our @waltdisneyimagineering team who lovingly restored these historic Audio-Animatronic figures from the ground up using the latest technology. A big congrats on their install at EPCOT last night! These figures have a special place in @WaltDisneyWorld history – having been part of the original opening day attraction “Mickey Mouse Revue” at Magic Kingdom. This show – filled with nearly 100 Disney characters singing iconic songs – closed in 1980 and the crew went on tour to Tokyo Disneyland as part of that park’s opening day attractions in 1983. Donald, Panchito and Jose performed abroad for 26 years until the Mickey Mouse Revue played its last show to make way for Mickey’s PhilharMagic. It was then that our design teams hatched the plan to bring these figures back home to Florida where their tour started, joining the Gran Fiesta Tour in 2015. It’s been quite a migratory journey for this fun-loving trio, and it’s great to have them back performing for our Guests in EPCOT. Stop by and say ¡Hola!”
We’re glad to see the Three Caballeros have returned! Time to head on over to EPCOT’s Mexico Pavilion to enjoy this timeless attraction.