Ducks make final march, ending longstanding daily tradition as Peabody Orlando becomes new Hyatt hotel

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Since 1986, the Peabody Orlando hotel on International Drive has entertained its guests with daily duck marches through its lobby. But as of today, this Orlando tradition has ended as the Peabody becomes the Hyatt Regency Orlando after being recently purchase for for $717 million.

For years the ducks have waddled to and from the hotel’s fountain twice daily, at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., guided in each direction by “Duck Masters,” and never touched by humans, only lovingly led via walking sticks.

The ducks crossed a red carpet leading to a private elevator, linking their lavish rooftop enclosure with the lobby fountain, specially designed just for them.


Video: Peabody Orlando ducks march down red carpet


Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

The tradition stretches back to the 1930s, first occurring at the original Peabody Hotel in Memphis, now the only of its kind left. Before yesterday’s final march, the Peabody Orlando had deeply discounted its duck merchandise, as the entire hotel will be rebranded as a Hyatt, losing the mallard motif.

Peabody Orlando ducks

Peabody Orlando ducks

The well trained ducks will still be cared for in retirement, said to be leaving for a private farm.

More photos of the Peabody Orlando ducks:

11 Comments

  1. Hi Ricky. Such a shame to see an end of one of Orlando’s quirkiest traditions. I hope the ducks enjoy their retirement!

    Best wishes, Alex

  2. Warren

    I always thought this was a neat tradition. Its a shame that its ending and that I never had a chance to witness it in person.

  3. Laura

    Thats ashame. I was planning on getting married in the peabody in 2015 but im not a fan of the hyatt :$

  4. It’s truly a shame that the Hilton can find the time or money to continue such a wonderful, wonderful tradition. Buying the hotel is one thing, dropping a long standing tradition frankly…stinks.

  5. Child Advocate

    October was truly the kick off of the end of good reasons to visit Orlando. We used to stay at the Peabody 4 times per year & go do the Disney Parks. Now that Disney has turned its back on visitors with special needs & the Peabody Ducks are gone, we will be looking to spend our money elsewhere.

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  7. If the Hyatt were smart, they would keep this long standing tradition. People come to that hotel just for the ducks, it is what makes them unique. With the hospitality industry fighting for customers, I would think they would want to keep this jewel in their crown.

    I know I had it on my “bucket list” to visit this hotel, just to see the ducks. I have no desire to go stay at the Hyatt, I can do that anywhere; however, if they kept the ducks, I would go. I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way.

    1. Spike

      Eliza’s comments are exactly what my wife and I were saying. The ducks were a unique feature that gave this hotel a special charm all of its own. We had planned to take a holiday there but now it’s just like a million other hotels, albeit a bit more expensive.

    2. Robin Rosner

      You are so right! Guess you need to visit Memphis now, as the ducks remain there. I adored the ducks and am so glad I had a chance to be with them when visiting my sister. I didn’t care about Disney as much as I wanted to visit the ducks. Hyatt is really stupid…it was a valuable property only so long as the ducks were there. What a loss. Glad for the wonderful memories.

  8. Chris Thomas

    No more ducks? No reason to ever stay at a Hyatt again. The Peabody was a great hotel with that unique difference the ducks made that made it worth paying the price to stay there. No ducks?. Find a JW Marriott. No more Hyatt ever. Sad to lose such a magnificent and unique tradition.

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