Adios Cardboard Cutouts- The Three Caballeros Are Back!
We’ve got some very exciting news to share with you Disney friends! Imagineer Zach Riddley took to Instagram this morning to announce that three of favorite friends have returned to EPCOT.
Let’s give a big, warm “Welcome Back!” to Donald, Panchito and Jose! The animatronic versions of these feathered friends were removed from Gran Fiesta Tour in the Mexico Pavilion earlier this year and were replaced with some not-so-popular carboard cutouts.
But that has recently changed according to Zach’s recent Instagram post. Check it out:
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As Zach says in his caption, the three fellas have made their way back to the Gran Fiesta Tour. Walt Disney Imagineering lovingly restored these historic Audio-Animatronics including giving them a bit of a tech update!
This famous trio where put back in place last night!
As Zach goes on to tell us, the three figures are actually a huge part of Disney’s rich history. The figures were initially part of the original opening day attraction “Mickey Mouse Revue” at the Magic Kingdom 50 years ago! This show was filled with 100 Disney characters singing iconic songs.
Unfortunately it closed in 1980 and moved over to Tokyo Disneyland where it became one of that park’s opening day attractions in 1983. The show would run for 26 years until it was closed to make way for Philharmagic.
You can check out a video of one of the “Mickey Mouse Revue” performances at Tokyo Disney below:
At that time Imagineers came up with the plan to bring them back to Walt Disney World where they reappeared in the Gran Fiesta Tour in 2015.
If you’re heading to EPCOT in the days or weeks ahead, be sure to pop by the Mexico Pavilion to see this lovely little part of Disney history!
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