For months we have been closely following the saga of the Three Caballeros animatronic figures at The Gran Fiesta Tour in EPCOT’s Mexico pavilion.
For a while Donald’s animatronic was replaced by a PLANT (literally) and later all 3 of the animatronics were totally removed and replaced by cardboard cutouts. It’s been one wild ride! But now we’ve got some BIG news — the Three Caballeros (in animatronic form) are BACK!!
Earlier today, Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley shared via Instagram that the Three Caballeros have once again returned to The Gran Fiesta Tour! According to Riddley, the Imagineering team “lovingly restored these historic Audio-Animatronic figures from the ground up using the latest technology.”
The updated animatronics were installed last night in EPCOT. These figures of the Three Caballeros have a LONG history with Disney. They were originally part of Mickey Mouse Revue, an opening day attraction in Magic Kingdom. The show closed in 1980 and went on tour to Tokyo Disneyland.
As Riddley shares, “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.” They were then brought back to Disney World where they joined Gran Fiesta Tour in 2015.
We’ll be stopping by EPCOT’s Mexico pavilion soon to see our friends back in their animatronic form in Gran Fiesta Tour and we’ll share all those updates with you, so be on the lookout for that! And be sure to stay tuned for more Disney news from us here at DFB.
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