The Loco Coco Rumors
All the rumors following possible Coco additions to the parks.
In 2017, Pixar released the movie Coco which was rooted in Mexican culture and Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). The film was very successful, especially in Mexico, so understandably Coco was added to the parks in a few ways. This included the Plaza de la Familia overlay of Paradise Garden Grill in Disney California Adventure, a new art exhibit in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion, and even a parade float in the upcoming Magic Happens parade in Disneyland. All of these were well received, but what about the idea of a ride?
Disney Imagineering could certainly be working thanks to some evidence. Imagineering revealed a new website to coincide with the release of the Imagineering Story on Disney+ and with it came plenty new photos. One of these (pictured above), included the Imagineers wearing VR headsets on a vehicle. To the left, a computer shows what the Imagineers can see and if you look closely you’ll find a skull similar to that of one found on Marigold Grand Central Station, a location found in the Land of the Dead in Coco. So what could Disney be thinking of doing? There are a few rumors, of course.
The obvious rumor is Epcot. Rumors of Coco coming to claim the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros have been around ever since Coco came out. While there has been no news yet, the ride would have to remain a boat ride. If Disney wanted to switch to a different ride system, it would have to shut down a good portion of the Mexico pavilion including the San Angel Inn, a restaurant which is operated by a third party company. Even if they were to stick to a boat ride overlay, rumors say that the chance of this happening is still low.
Another possibility is the addition of a Coco dark ride to Disney California Adventure. There is no indication of where the ride would go or what ride system it would use.
And I know this is ridiculous, but I have to bring it up. There was a small rumor that a Coco takeover will occur on the Haunted Mansion. There is no way this could occur at either Disneyland’s or Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion, and the reasoning is simple: thematic integrity. Both Haunted Mansion’s sit in distinctly themed lands, New Orleans Square and Liberty Square. Coco has a Mexican setting, so it wouldn’t belong in either lands. The only real connection to Coco and the Haunted Mansion is that it deals with dead people.
Whatever happens (which will definitely not be the Haunted Mansion one), it’ll be interesting to follow. And as always, don’t shoot the messenger. If you do, you better remember me. 😋