The Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride at EPCOT’s Mexico Pavilion is still missing one of its Three Caballeros, Donaldo Duck, but now all trace of the animatronic has been removed from the finale concert stage.
Recently, we shared the news of how Donald was missing from the grand finale concert scene, leaving Panchito and Jose Carioca with Donald’s sombrero left on a plant. After Disney fans on the internet had their fun with the sight making jokes like “RIP Donald,” and likening the plant/hat combination to a tombstone, it appears that Disney Cast Members have removed the sombrero and plant now too.
Check out this video provided by one of our reporters on-scene in EPCOT today:
Here is a before and after picture for reference. The before the picture was provided by Instagram user Jenny Flake (@disneyhungry):
Now, this is not the first time the Three Caballeros have taken the state without one of their own. Last year we reported that the Jose Carioca animatronic took a fall mid-performance and was himself missing for quite some time.
Donald’s continued disappearance still fits well with the storyline of the “it’s a small world”-esque attraction and it is most likely our mischievous duck is out in the crowd dancing with some senoritas.
Disney describes the attractions as the following:
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.
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