Gran Fiesta gears up for opening

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Gran Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros is bustling with activity leading up to it’s opening. Around the entrance of the now-defunct El Rio del Tiempo which Gran Fiesta Tour replaced workers have been spotted workign to change out signage and a new marquee has appeared over the entrance archway with Donald, Panchito, and Jose welcoming you.

The queue has been redecorated with large murals of the characters as well, including a large mural of donald right near the loading dock which we spied as a worker went into the door in the refurbishment wall. Other sources have mentioned that the queue will serve to introduce guests to the general storyline and ideas related to the attraction – a large improvement over El Rio del Tiempo’s old barren queue.

Speaking of the queue, work was seen on the side entrance doors into the Mexico pavilion, specificly the left side door. This door is where the queue is routed once it finishes additional switchbacks infront of the San Angel Inn restaurant and then runs along the side of the pavilion’s marketplace and out into the foyer. It exits through this door and then switchbacks out on the raised terrace which serves as the entrance to the pavilion. In the most extreme circumstance, it will flow down the stairs and continue down the World Showcase Promenade.

All that being said, it looks as though Disney is expecting this newly rennovated attraction to draw in sizeable interest. If it will or wont remains unseen but we will keep track of crowd levels and adjust touring plans as neccessary. Thankfully, the ride uses boats and those tend to load very quickly and move many guests per hour.

Additonally, the first week of Gran Fiesta’s operation (it opens April 2nd) will be accompanied by the start of Epcot’s popular Flower and Garden festival (it opens April 5th). Be aware of general congestion in that area of the park as the “Garden Odyssey Festival Center” resides in the Odyssey builing directly adjacent to the Mexico pavilion.

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Posted on March 26, 2007
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