Come and join us for another installment of the WDW-Memories podcast, where I try to make it possible for you relive your Walt Disney World Memories when you can’t actually be there.
We’re rolling along through our request list still, and it’s feeling good. I’ve had so many requests over the years, and I’m glad to finally be getting caught up. And to celebrate the United States Independence Day, let’s visit that very patriotic pavilion… Mexico in Epcot.
Yeah ok, so not so well planned out on my part, but this request has been waiting for a while. Once again, we’re going back a few years (to 2009 to be exact) to a request from John on the Jersey Shore in New Jersey. He wrote:
I would like a hear a podcast of the Mexico ride in Epcot, originally El Rio del Tiempo – The River of Time, and now reopened as “Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros!”. It’s is a very colorful, festive and pleasant ride and [a great way to] unwind after a long day at Disney World and it is one of my favorites when we visit.
Later, I got an email from Stan saying:
We have a request. Could you please do “The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros”? It is one of our favorite rides. We love the relaxed, fun atmosphere that the boat and animation offer and enjoy watching for the hidden Mickey at the volcano.
And just recently I received another email, this time from Amanda in Barcelona, Spain saying she too would love to hear El Rio del Tiempo. So finally it’s time to fulfill these requests.
Like last time, I tossed it out to our Facebook Page members and Twitter followers to see if there was any thoughts and this is what I got back.
On twitter @DPackerFan says:
After WDW, Mexico is one of my favorite destinations. [Gran Fiesta Tour] gives me a little bit of that.
So let’s get to it. We’re starting off our memory in spring of 2006. I’m on a solo trip after work, and have headed over to Epcot for a bit of fun (and food of course). We’re going to join this memory as I’m walking up to the building. You’ll hear me climb the stairs into the pyramid, making my way down to the loading area, and it’s a quick walk right up to the boat as there was no wait. At this point in time, we’re still riding the classic El Rio del Tiempo, so you’ll hear some very old sounding audio.
Our second memory is from Susie’s first Walt Disney World trip in September 2010. We’ll again join Susie, Traci, my dad, my sister, and myself as we are moving inside. We just lucked into a meet-n-greet with South American Donald outside, and got our pictures taken with him. Again, the ride line is short due to low crowds this time of year. You’ll hear us discussing the changes, as it’s the first time on Gran Fiesta Tour for my father and sister, and the very first ride on either for Susie. Listen closely for her little voice as we try to point things out to her.