EPCOT Gran Fiesta Tour & The Three Caballeros

If you like to take it slow and relax sometimes, why not take in the sights of Mexico and the antics of a certain trio of feathered amigos on a gentle boat ride through the Mexico Pavilion in EPCOT?

This attraction is inspired by the 1944 Disney film The Three Caballeros. As you float in your boat, the adventure comes to life around you against a backdrop of live-action footage, hand-drawn animation and the jaunty musical score from the movie.

We love this attraction and almost always ride it when we visit EPCOT. Of course, the Mexico Pavilion is just cool all around, so a visit is always a plus!

I love attraction posters and the ones for the Three Caballeros are amazing! Let’s have a look:

You’ll notice as you check out each of the full-body posters that each character is holding up three fingers for the Three Caballeros. Now, we know that Donald is a Duck, hence his rather on-point name. But do you know what the other two birds actually are, and where they are from?

José Carioca is a Brazilian parrot. Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. So logically it was on the list of places for Walt Disney to visit when he did his Latin Good Will Tour that later provided the research for the movie that brought these three birds together.

Panchito is a Mexican charro rooster (but not that Charo – “cuchi-cuchi”). Mexico is in the southern portion of North America. It was also visited by Walt Disney and crew for research.

But now it’s time to leave the South and head back into the real world. So…

Here’s your Sombrero, what’s your hurry?

Thanks for visiting us today and if you are also a fan of this attraction, or the Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT, you may enjoy this earlier post on a Donald Duck Piñata or this one on a José Carioca Cookie Jar.

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