Big Thunder Mountain queue part 2
This Day in Disney History
October 21, 1982: El Rio Del Tiempo, which means The River of Time, is dedicated inside the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot.
Recently, this ride has been overhauled and with the addition of Donald and friends, it’s now known as the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros.
There has been some controversy among Disney fans regarding the lack of caring that this attraction was updated with the Three Caballeros while there’s been some really big reactions to the upcoming changes taking place in the Norway Pavilion with Frozen. Did this ride lack the appeal that Maelstrom had because of it’s “thrill ride” status in the 80’s and 90’s? I think it’s because the Three Caballeros include the already popular Donald Duck, not some fad characters that will be forgotten by the next Disney blockbuster.
What do you think the difference was between the two?
The way I see it, El Rio Del Tiempo and the third act of Three Caballeros were already pretty similar: Surreal travelogues through Mexico featuring a Mary Blair inspired interlude through a Mexican holiday. And even with Gran Fiesta’s narrative focus on the duck hunt, at least it’s still in Mexico and from what I’ve heard, the “removed figures” (the scary puppet show and the Pepper’s Ghost effect at the beginning) were actually just covered up rather then taken out.
(Source: Flickr / stevewise60)