Since 1986, the Peabody Orlando hotel on International Drive has entertained its guests with daily duck marches through its lobby. But as of today, this Orlando tradition has ended as the Peabody becomes the Hyatt Regency Orlando after being recently purchase for for $717 million.
For years the ducks have waddled to and from the hotel’s fountain twice daily, at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., guided in each direction by “Duck Masters,” and never touched by humans, only lovingly led via walking sticks.
The ducks crossed a red carpet leading to a private elevator, linking their lavish rooftop enclosure with the lobby fountain, specially designed just for them.
Video: Peabody Orlando ducks march down red carpet
The tradition stretches back to the 1930s, first occurring at the original Peabody Hotel in Memphis, now the only of its kind left. Before yesterday’s final march, the Peabody Orlando had deeply discounted its duck merchandise, as the entire hotel will be rebranded as a Hyatt, losing the mallard motif.
The well trained ducks will still be cared for in retirement, said to be leaving for a private farm.
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