After a 25-year run, the Peabody ducks are about to quack a fond farewell to Orlando.
Hyatt’s recent acquisition of the I-Drive property – for a reported $717 million – means the tradition will come to an end as the Duck March is trademarked, a procession that’s pure Peabody. The last walk for the Orlando flock will take place on Sept. 30.
September 30 will mark the final Duck March at the Peabody Orlando — Photo courtesy of Peabody Hotel Group
For a quarter-century, hotel guests, Orlando visitors and locals have been charmed by the posh-living poultry, who are escorted from their penthouse to the hotel fountain by their very own Duckmaster via private elevator each morning at 11:00. After a day of splashing and adorable photo-ops, they do the march in reverse at 5 pm.
After 25-plus years on I-Drive, the Peabody Orlando will soon become a Hyatt — Photo courtesy of Peabody Hotel Group
The March has been part of the Peabody tradition since 1932, originating at the company’s Memphis property. What began as something of a practical joke – the hotel manager, fresh off a hunting trip, placed a few decoys in the fountain – turned into a custom when the guests fell in love with the idea. Before long, the doppelgangers were replaced with the real thing – and trained to boot. Each brace, four hens and a drake, enjoys a time in the spotlight before retirement to a local farm. So it will be with this last Orlando contingent of quackers.
There’s only a few days left to see the procession, so head to the Peabody Orlando before September 30. Henceforth, the only place you’ll be able to see the Duck March is at the company’s Memphis outpost.