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 Review of El Rio Del Tiempo @ EPCOT
0 Rating Posted by: Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 9:02:00 AM
El Rio del Tiempo always was a ride I just felt obliged to ride every time I went to Epcot despite how dull of an attraction it always had been. At least it never had a wait at all though. But this year when I rode the ride was much different and appealing, as following a rehab this really dull attraction benefited from a much needed rehab where in became the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. Does the new attraction trump the original? Well it certainly does, and it does by a long shot since the older one really was just that bad. In my opinion, the Mexico pavilion still is one of the most beautiful ones in my opinion and it really just captures the whole feel of the Mexican culture, both from the exterior and interior. Also, I love how the Gran Fiesta Tour never ever has a line, just as the original never had one.

Let me start off by saying unless you are lucky and are assigned the front row, the rows may be cramped for you since there really isn’t much leg-room even for the smaller guests. Anyway, the ride certainly is far better than the original since it essentially kept most of the original ride in tact and just added movie screens throughout the attraction showing Donald and the two other Caballeros interacting with the culture in somewhat comical ways. While I love how they added the Three Caballeros since it really made the attraction far more entertaining for all age levels, I was honestly let down since I was expecting a bunch of excellent Disney antimatronics as usual, as opposed to movie screens.

Sure the attraction still isn’t world class, but with the update to the Gran Fiesta Tour it is certainly a far better attraction that won’t put the littler ones to sleep anymore. Still, it’s not the best Disney attraction out there, with my main complaint being the decision to use movie screens over animatronics since the movie screens just felt out of place in my opinion. Anyway, the Gran Fiesta Tour still is worth experiencing at least once since it never has a wait.
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