If you have ever needed a break from eating and drinking around the world when exploring EPCOT, you may have ended up on an air-conditioned break with Gran Fiesta Tour inside the Mexico pavilion. The Donald Duck/Three Caballeros-themed attraction is a personal favorite for this reporter, specifically, for the grand finale concert scene. Lately, however, that finale has lost a lot of its grandeur.
On January 5, the Donald Duck animatronic that Guests would watch perform the “Three Caballeros” tune alongside Panchito, the Mexican charro rooster, and José Carioca, the Brazilian parrot, went missing. Now, five days later, Donald Duck is still MIA and no one knows why.
Blogger and Instagram user Jenny Flake (@disneyhungry) posted the missing duck to her story, and with it, we can confirm that a plant with a sombrero remains in Donald’s place for the time being.
Many fans of Gran Fiesta Tour have been treating Donald’s disappearance as his “grand finale.” Molotov Ducktales is one of many who have taken to Twitter to Tweet “RIP Donald Duck” in the wake of the missing bird.
RIP Donald Duck. 🥺
— Molotov Ducktales (@highatdisney) January 6, 2021
With “RIP Donald Duck” being somewhat of a social media trend within the Disney community as of late, @disneyhungry’s second Instagram story was quite unfortunate (albeit hilarious) to look at. We can see that Panchito has his gun pointed directly toward the Donald Duck tree — an object that personally reminds this reporter of a tombstone, especially with Donald’s hat remaining on stage.
Luckily, Donald’s disappearance from Gran Fiesta Tour still fits the attraction storyline. The attraction story, as Disney explains, follows Donald’s disappearance.
Donald’s disappeared south of the border, and it’s up to the other 2 cabarellos from the musical trio—Panchito, the Mexican charro rooster, and José Carioca, the Brazilian parrot—to find him.
Cruise down the Rio Grande on a dark boat ride past some of the most famous sights and cities in Mexico. Is that the missing mallard climbing a Mayan pyramid in Chichen Itza?
Hilarity and hijinks ensue as the birds go in hot pursuit of their wayward friend throughout this fun-filled ride for all ages.
It seems that this time, Donald has been escaping the Caballeros for days! Perhaps Jose and Panchito put the tree up in his place to try and disguise the fact that Donald was missing? Disney has not mentioned an explanation for why the Donald Duck animatronic is missing, but it is a funny thought that the birds are trying to cover up his disappearance.
Although we have seen animatronics go down on Gran Fiesta Tour, to have Donald missing for so many days with no sign of return likely means he needs a little extra TLC! We expect him to return after the repairs.
What do you think is wrong with the Donald Duck animatronic on Gran Fiesta Tour? Let us know below!