Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Gran Fiesta Tour
One of my long held beliefs is that the Mexico pavilion at Epcot Center leaves a little something to be desired. They recently added a large restaurant right outside the main building that is decent. As a kid, I once begged my mom to let us eat at the "fancy" restaurant that is inside the big Mayan temple building and sits along the River of Time. She relented and the dinner was a big disappointment - flavorless and oniony.
The only bonus to the Mexican pavilion is that there is a ride inside the temple building. The ride used to be super dorky and I thought that there was not a chance in hell the ride could be made dorkier. WRONG!
A few years back, the ride was updated to include Donald Duck and his singing duck companions. Together I guess they make the Three Caballeros? I'm not big into the Disney cartoons, so I have no idea if this is a real thing? Or just a thing that was made up for the ride.
The "grand" result is that it's the exact same ride, using the same photos and videos from the early 1980's, except now there is a cartoon duck over the photo doing silly things. I don't know if kids will find this amusing. For adults, just visit the La Cava del Tequila first and then you will probably find it a gas. Me, most of the ride I'm staring at the scenes thinking "What in the hell is going on here?" I still don't quite understand if the point of the scenes is that Donald Duck is running away from the other two caballeros because he's afraid of performing. Does Donald Duck have performance anxiety?
The only saving grace is one of the final scenes where there is a "It's A Small World" type fiesta with only Mexican children dancing around and there are fireworks on the wall. Those make me feel good because I'm a Fourth of July baby.
This ride is pretty terrible. 1 out of 5 or 3 out of 10 stars. Suck city.