Five Things We Love About the Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT
There are few places we love at EPCOT quite as much as the Mexico Pavilion in the World Showcase. This has long been one of my family’s favorite places to go for delicious food, some incredible merchandise, entertainment and more.
We thought what better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than by showcasing some of our favorite things about this World Showcase destination.
This Mariachi Band is a national treasure. Normally you’ll find them just outside of the pyramid at the Mexican Pavilion where they take you through some traditional Mexican folk music. They can also be heard playing the occasional tune from Coco.
At the moment you won’t find them at their usual stomping grounds though but rather at the American Gardens theatre where they’ll be dazzling guests each and every day as part of the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival which runs until July 5th. Its a toe tapping, foot stomping good time that you won’t want to miss.
Choza de Margarita
If drinking around the world is part of your EPCOT plans than you’ll definitely want to make this one of your first ports of call! At this outdoor kiosk in the Mexican Pavilion you’ll find an incredible array of frozen or on the rocks margaritas!
My favorite is the Mango Loco which combines tequila, orange liqueur, wild passion fruit and mango puree. Trust me when I say that its amazing! Another on the rocks option is the Smoky Pineapple. Its made up of Mezcal Ilegal Blanco, Pineapple-Ginger Juice, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur and Tajin Chile-Lime Powdered Rim
Remember Me at the Mexican Folk Art Gallery
Stepping inside the pyramid at the Mexico Pavilion is like stepping into a different world! The vast space is brimming with incredible markets, dining and a wonderful exhibit called Remember Me! that celebrates the Day of the Dead.
This stunning display really captures the beauty and spirit of this famous Mexican holiday. As you may have seen in Pixar’s Coco, the holiday honors those that have passed away with parades, costumes and more.
At Remember Me!, you’ll also find a stunning example of papel picado which are the intricately cut decorations on display during the Day of the Dead celebrations. Lastly, you’ll want to be on the lookout for a section of the exhibit that explores the history of this holiday from the disntant past through to its contemporary influence on Mexican life! today!
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
This is a ride that divides Disney fans- either your love it or you hate it. But, truth be told this is one of the few rides you’ll find in the World Showcase and is a really relaxing, air conditioned and dimly lit boat ride that offers an ideal refuge from the Orlando heat!
The ride, which gives a slightly dated tour of Mexico, was inspired by the 1944 film The Three Caballeros. It definitely has an “It’s a smaill world” vibe to it. as you float down the Rio Grande passing many famous Mexican sights and sounds before taking in the sight of the breathtaking Chichen Itza pyramid.
Rumors have been making the rounds of years that Disney has plans to eventually change the Gran Fiesta tour into a Coco-themed attraction so enjoy this bit of Disney history featuring animatronic Three Caballeros while you can!
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Inside the Pyramid at the Mexico Pavilion is one of my favorite places to dine at Disney. No one does ambiance quite like San Angel Inn Restaurante. At this Mexican eatery it is always night and you have a pyramid and erupting volcano as your breathtaking backdrop.
The menu tends to divide Disney-goers but I’ve always enjoyed the tasty Mexican dishes like tortilla soup with avocado, cheese and tortilla strips or steak, chicken and fish dishes served in rich sauces like chipotle pepper, chocolaty mole or green tomato. Be sure to save room for dessert as the cheesecake covered in chocolate sauce is divine.
Guests 21 and older can also order up tequilas, margaritas and an impressive list of Mexican wine and beer. The eatery is open for lunch and dinner daily and advanced dining reservations are a must. This can be done via the My Disney Experience app!
There’s so much to love about a visit to the Mexican Pavilion that you’ll really want to take some time and linger here! And as social distancing restrictions start to ease, visitors can expect even more entertainment, exhibitions., eats and treats and maybe even a character appearance by the one and only Donald- sombrero and all.
Keep following along with us here at MickeyBlog and we’ll keep you posted.
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