Some of the best rides around the Walt Disney World Resort are somewhat hidden from the main walkways. The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros, formerly The River of Time, is one of those attractions.

2009-01-14_ep_mx_gf_002As you enter the pyramid, wind your way to the back of the square and there on the left, you will find the entrance to this wonderful ride. Originally planned as a way to showcase the story of Mexico, it has recently been upgraded with the Three Caballeros which makes it even more fun.

The ride begins, very much like the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland, on a moonlit river winding its way through diners, shoppers and a grand pyramid before entering into the rest of the ride. Two of The Three Caballeros, Panchito and Jose Carioca, greet you as you enter the tunnel as they begin their search for Donal Duck who has apparently gone missing.

The rest of the ride is tracking down Donal Duck, who happens to be enjoying himself with all of the wonders of Mexico; from the historical sites and friendly people to the local cuisine and cliff diving. Donald is having the time of his life, but his friends catch up with him just in time for a rousing closing musical number of their signature song – The Three Caballeros.