Three Caballeros Animatronics Return to The Gran Fiesta Tour in EPCOT’s World Showcase

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Good news! The missing animatronics of Donald, Jose and Panchito have returned to the finale of the ‘The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros’ in the Mexico pavilion at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT.

Previously, the animatronics kept malfunctioning and they were removed and static cutouts were added to replace them.

Last night they were returned to the stage!

 

 

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¿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!

It is funny to note that Blog Mickey caught that the original post was different and an editorial comments was left in the post from Zach Riddley.

 

I’m sure it was supposed to be removed before posting (what you think they just happen to post things?)

It says:

Think this takes away from the originality specially if we are getting into their history below. Now in pristine working order Makes it sound like they were not in good working order.

Uh… because they weren’t!

WDWNT has posted a video of the animatronics as of this morning.

 

My kids are going to be thrilled. They actually love that attraction quite a bit and will be happy to see them back on our next trip!  I’m also glad that Disney and Imagineering felt they needed to be fixed instead of just leaving the cutouts up and sending the money to the Starcruiser hotel or something!

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