Earlier last week, Just Disney ran across an absolutely astonishing concept on an old favorite married to Pixar’s Coco. The creative team over at Parkineer designed a jaw-dropping overlay that very well could work in place of Gran Fiesta Tour currently presiding inside The Mexico Pavilion in Epcot.
Over the years, even after the addition to new animatronics, Gran Fiesta hasn’t held it’s weight in crowd control. When it isn’t a holiday weekend, Gran Fiesta sees minimal waits and most boats float half full if not empty all together. The overlay would use the existing boats and ride layout minimizing construction costs and permits as this retrofit would just need set pieces implicated into the show building.
As the boats round the first bend in front of where the Mayan Temple currently is you will see Santa Cecilia, Mexico where Miguel lives. Decorated with memorials and ‘Day of the Dead’ tributes you will be encompassed in the atmosphere from the movie with a subtle acoustic guitar version of “Remember Me” playing in the background as you make your way towards the Santa Cecilia Cemetery.
Rounding the corner, heading towards Ernesto Dela Cruz’s Tomb, you will be surrounded by silouhette’s and a few audio animatronics paying tribute to their loved ones. It is important to note that the tomb is replacing the entrance to the old Mayan temple.
Following the entrance to the tomb is the Flower Bridge which, using projection mapping and forced perspective, will illuminate the boat and the surrounding scenes pushing the boat over the bridge and over to the City of Dead. The water would glow orange, and flowers would be falling from the walls using state of the art mapping to make it look like you were encompassed by the orange petals.
Once inside the City of Dead, which would be the “Small World Room” you would be surrounded by skeletons and characters from the movie.
The finale would be Hector and Miguel on stage singing “Remember Me” as you round the corner and make your way towards the unload. Watch their video below!
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