The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is another attraction at Walt Disney World that allows wheelchair uses to experience the attraction from their wheelchair. Below is an overview of what you can expect when boarding and exiting the attraction.
Location: Mexico Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcas
Height Requirement: Any Height
Accessibility: May Remain in Wheelchair, ECV Users Must Transfer to Wheelchair
Who Should Ride: Great for all ages
There is a separate entrance for wheelchair users located to the left of the standard queue. The gate is marked and there is usually a Cast Member standing there that will point you in the right direction. It leads to the same loading area but you don’t have to try to maneuver through all of the switchbacks in the regular queue. Just keep in mind that if the wait time is longer than 10 minutes you may be issued a time to return to the attraction.
There is a special boat, similar to the one at it’s a small world, that allows you to stay in your wheelchair. The boat for the Gran Fiesta tour is different because you sit above the seats to the side.
Make sure you pull all the way up to the front of the boat. Put your wheels right up against it. This will help keep you from sliding forward at the end when the boats can get bunched up together. The Cast Members will also probably ask that someone in your party hold on to the front of your wheelchair to help keep it in place. If you have a backpack on the back of your wheelchair they will also ask you to remove it if it is not medically necessary.
And trust me, you need to follow the advice above. The ride is gentle. But if you come to a sudden stop or the boat gets hit by another boat your wheelchair can move forward. Also, when the boats get back to the loading area it gets a little bumpy and your wheelchair can move. Your brakes will be your friend. And it doesn’t hurt to have someone holding on to the front of your chair.
The accessibility of Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is great. We visit almost every trip. Wait times can vary based on where the accessible boat is. If there are other guests in wheelchairs ahead of you you may have to wait. We’ve had to wait longer than the posted wait times on a few occasions. If you are issued a return time there are several things to keep you busy in the Mexico Pavilion. I recommend getting a margarita. 🙂
And if you are a Disney nerd you’ll be happy to hear that they have added animatronics to the finale. So much cooler than just a screen! Panchito, José Carioca, and Donald Duck were originally a part of the Mickey Mouse Revue attraction at Magic Kingdom Park. Later were a part of the same attraction at Tokyo Disneyland. You can read more about them on the D23 site.