Gran Fiesta Tour – Epcot

Headed to Disney World and wondering what rides to not miss? Well I have a hidden ride that fans LOVE.

Hey guys, after talking to one of you I was thinking about some rides that most or first timers don’t really know about, because they aren’t coasters or rides to fastpass. One of these rides is in Epcot – known as the Gran Fiesta Tour featuring Donald Duck.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
Location:

As mentioned, this attraction is in Epcot…in the World Showcase. Its located in the Mexico Pavilion inside the giant Mayan pyramid. I wonder if some people just walk on past, not knowing what is inside. After you go up the stairs and into the Pyramid you enter a wonderful Mexico themed world.

Inside:

Inside you will find a spectacular Mexican shopping area, like an outdoor crafts festival. Complete with Sugar Skulls, Tequila, Mexican themed gear and Coco merchandise. I really love shopping and looking around in this space. AS a person can only own so many Sugar Skulls, its enjoyable to look around and explore. There is also a Table Service Restaurant and a RIDE. The San Angel Inn Restaurante is a nice Mexican restaurant, but whats cool about it is, you can watch the ride boats go by.

The Ride:

Ride boats did I say? That’s right, next to the restaurant is the RIDE – Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros. Yep, you heard me – Donald and the gang. You hop into a boat, like on Its a Small World and travel with Donald, Panchito and Jose through Mexico. Of course Donald gets into some trouble (as expected)…but its a simple, kinda stereotypical ride that fans just adore. I can’t go to Epcot without riding this attraction…and you shouldn’t either. Like all of Disney’s “dark” rides, its a must.

The Rumor:

I feel like there is always a rumor going on about this ride as well, it never has a long wait and at times, I can usually just walk on in. But since the Coco movie came out, the rumor is giving this ride a make-over. The Gran Fiesta Tour opened in 2007, its hard to think of it changing already…but Disney loves a good Character Makeover (I am talking to you Frozen Ever After). Not sure how I feel about this rumor as I loved Coco but also think Donald and the gang are long lasting characters that deserve a place to be celebrated.

I hope you give this ride a chance when in Epcot, its actually nice having a ride in the World Showcase area, its breaks up all the shopping and eating 😉 As simple as this ride seems, compared to others, its a good ride for all ages and keeps the memory of the Three Caballeros alive.

If interested in booking a trip, contact me – I would love to help plan you an amazing vacation. Mahalo for reading and following along – Nina

Monsters Inc – Disneyland RIDE Experience

Thinking about visiting Disneyland? Love the Monsters Inc movies? READ to learn more…

Hey Fans, to piggie back on my YouTube video, I thought I would talk more about the super cute, family friendly, great for all ages – Monsters Inc attraction ride at the Disneyland Resort.

Entrance
Location:

So this attraction is in the Disneyland Resort, but is actually located at Disney’s California Adventures Park. Its located across from the Animation Academy, on the way to Guardians of the Galaxy (Tower of Terror). I find the area to be fairly quiet, which makes this ride kinda a hidden gem. Super Heroes are now meeting in this same area, so not sure how long it will be “hidden” for…but I haven’t had to wait longer than 15-20 mins max.

The Queue:

A ride queue is the pre-ride area, some are just a line and some are interactive. The pre-show to Monsters Inc is cute with hidden details that really make it a perfect way to entertain yourself while waiting in the line. The premise to the ride is you are getting ready to take a Taxi Cab ride in Monstropolis. On your way to your taxi, you are in a subway like area with pay phones, vending machines and public service announcements. Look at the details, listen to the screens and enjoy.

Welcome to Monstropolis!!
The Ride:

The actual ride is much like every Disney “Dark” Ride. You are in a “taxi” car and it runs on a track thru a series of scenes. The basic story-line is the retelling of the Monster’s Inc movie, the first one. You get to see Mike, Sully and Boo. Randall of course makes an appearance and so does your other fave Monsters. The scene with the doors is pretty cool and I love the cute touches added to make you feel like you are in the movie, so to speak.

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Disney World:

Walt Disney World also has a Monsters attraction but its SO different. Disneyland’s is an actual RIDE, WDW’s is a show. At Disney World, in Magic Kingdom, you enter Tomorrowland for the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. This attraction is an interactive show where random audience members are asked to participle and answer questions. Its funny and silly all at once. Sadly its not all that popular, but a good way to keep out of the sun for a few. Most people, I think, would prefer a RIDE over a show – am I right?

I hope this post gave you a little insight into a ride that might not be as predominate in the typical guests vacation game plan. I find that if its not a coaster or a fastpass ride, people don’t always know its there. Disney is filled with “hidden” attractions that first time guests don’t usually know about. So please…put Monsters on your list and let me know if I can help plan a fabulous Disney Vacation.

Mahalo for READING and Following along – Nina