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Gran Fiesta Tour and Donald’s voices.

<For all of you who don’t know – the 3 caballeros ride in the Mexico pavillion at Epcot center in WDW.>

The Trapped on Vacation Podcast recently did an audio ride-through of the Gran Fiesta Tour, which can be found here. It’s a nice way to re-experience the ride with very good-quality audio.I never noticed, for instance, that the characters give the send-off when you finish the ride. It sounds a little odd to hear them telling you not to forget your stuff….tee hee…. :P I wonder if it wasn’t “really” something like…

José Carioca: Please exit the boat as quickly as possible…**so that I may take the stuff you forget and sell it back to you for exorbitant prices at the store, hehehehe**
Attractive women should remain on the vehicle to exit at an unspecified future date. Please leave all tobacco products in the box at the gate. Thank you!

And I notice now (but didn’t when I rode it my first and only time) the big difference in voices (especially during the song). This is one of those “you know you’re a disney nerd when…” things but I can totally tell the difference between the original Clarence “Ducky” Nash Donald and the “new” Donald voices.

But back to the ride….Here’s a video of the entire thing if you want to spoil it for yourself or reminisce.

My thoughts? I had experienced El Rio del Tiempo before GFT and thought it was a pretty cute ride….for the 1980s. I distinctly remember it never had a wait and was quite well air-conditioned. But I can never say no to anything that references the 3 caballeros, especially in such a fitting way. And this has meant the introduction of 3 caballeros costume mascots to the park, though I didn’t get to see them when I was there. The ride is far more interesting now and has something “disney” and “cartoony” to it to hold the attention of the little ones with something QUALITY, not just a paper glitter glue mask. But enough comparison.

Warning: the following review contains spoilers.

The ride starts off going past the Maya/Aztec pyramids, a beautiful scene which I am glad is unchanged. It goes into the dark-ride-room where we find out Donald is missing and the three guys have a concert tonight so they have to find him. We see Donald and the guys in various hijinks around the city through videos in little windows throughout the ride, broken by a “Small-World” style animatronic scene of little Mexican kids celebrating *presumably* El Dia de Los Muertos in the middle. This is an unchanged segment of the old ride. We then go into a nicely-done scene of Mexico city with fireworks and a stage where the guys are singing a segment of “The Three Caballeros” (the following video only shows this finale):

The animation is great and the new version of the song is, too! The ride overall is quite enjoyable.

The “new version” of the song is different in that the three sing together in some parts (yes, Donald too >_< ) and the voices are all new. Fans of the original will notice this right away. They only sing the first part of the song. *yes, the “three gay caballeros” line is still there, but leave it be :P *, so overly-sensitive parents need not get upset about the last line’s “suggestiveness” (the line this blog takes its title from :D )

Nitpickers like to remind us that José Carioca is BRAZILIAN and shouldn’t be a part of this ride. Well, then, he’s as much of a tourist as Donald! If Epcot ever decides to throw in a South American country pavilion (Brazil, please….) it would be pretty awesome to see Zé hosting some kind of dark ride train/boat ride through Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, etc. or maybe even a Tiki Room-style musical deal with some nice animatronics and samba numbers. You could even port the idea over into a musical restaurant, rainforest cafe-style.

One last thing…you’ll notice the ubiquitous *cigar* is missing for the entirety of Gran Fiesta Tour due to the brand-new animation. Yup.


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I’ve never been to Florida so I’ve obviously never been to Disneyworld, but My mom is a big Disney fan, so you can presume this stuff is inhereited, so I’ve been to Disneyland a bunch of times, living in California and all. I’ve seen the ride via videos on youtube, very great and proboly way better in person.
I say they add this ride at California Adventure, which would make a whole lot of sense, considering the large amount of latio immigrents. My town speaks more Spanish than English, and I live in Northern California! So if Disney did decide to do that, I’d be very happy.
The voices are diffrent, I noticed in House of Mouse. Ron Paulson, Iwho I love, hooray Animaniacs!I Didn’t even attempt Jose’s voice, but Carlos, Panchito’s voice *Got to love Carlos, from Rocko’s Modern life and Reno 911* did an pertty well job.
Rob Paulson did the voices of both Jose and Panchito on the ride version, still butchered Jose, he was better doing Panchitos voice though.

Comment by Kenzie

I think in general it’s far far easier for an American to do a Mexican accent than a Brazilian Portuguese accent because of familarity. So no wonder no one can do poor Ze right :P

Comment by reccaphoenix

Actually, Carlos Alazraqui did voice Panchito in Gran Fiesta Tour as well.

Comment by KINGCRAB

Donald Duck’s voice, Clarence Nash is the second cousin six times removed to George Washington!

Comment by V.E.G.

Best of all, Clarence Nash’s cousin George Washington has the highest rank in U. S. Military history, the General of the Armies of the United States!

Comment by V.E.G.

Believe it or not, while Donald Duck’s birthday is March 13, Gary Michael Joy, the extremely distant cousin of Clarence Nash was born in March 12! Joy is a hero gave his life saving a woman in Omaha!

Comment by V.E.G.

Clarence Nash is the distant cousin of West Ford (Washington’s son by oral history by Linda Allen Bryant).

Comment by V.E.G.

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