Thursday, June 21, 2007

We're Three Happy Chappies with Snappy Serapes

I quite enjoy the new Gran Fiesta Tour at the Mexico pavilion. I have always loved The Three Caballeros and Saludos Amigos, and this ride is a great tribute to those movies of the 1940s. The amount of care that the Imagineers put into being faithful to the original films is just outstanding, even down to the appearance of the Aracuan Bird in one of the scenes.

There are a lot of great details to be found in this ride, which warrants multiple ride-throughs. One of my favorite little extras is in the Papel Picado banners strung about the queue and ride. Papel Picado (which translates to "punched paper") banners are traditional folk art found throughout Mexico. They are used during celebrations to make announcements or share messages. It seems the folks celebrating the arrival of the Three Caballeros wanted to share the news of the concert using this beautiful art form.