Well we’ve arrived at another Cinco de Mayo, so what better way to celebrate then by taking a stroll around the Mexico pavilion at EPCOT!
Opening October 1, 1982, the Mexico pavilion is shaped like a Mesoamerican pyramid. Although similar to their Egyptian counterparts, these pyramids feature flat tops and stairs up the sides. The pavilion in EPCOT is raised, so you do have to climb stairs to get to the door. DO NOT CLIMB THE STAIRS ON THE PYRAMID. Just don’t be that guy!
Once inside, you will find shopping, dining, and a dark ride that showcases Mexican culture. This is one of my favorite pavilions. It is absolutely beautiful. You will enter the pavilion through an art gallery that features Mexican artwork called “Animales Fantasticos.” You will then enter the Plaza de los Amigos. This is set up like a Mexican plaza and village, set at twilight overlooking a lagoon. In the center of the lagoon, you will see another pyramid, complete with a volcano that is “erupting.” On the edge of the plaza is San Angel Inn Restaurante, a table service restaurant serving authentic Mexican cuisine.
Across the way from the restaurant, you will find the ride Gran Fiesta Tour, one of two (soon to be 3) rides in the World Showcase. In the current iteration of this ride, you will travel past the Mayan pyramid and volcano (and past the restaurant) into a celebration of Dia de los Muertos. The ride, a lot like it’s a small world, starts out with Panchito Pistoles and Jose Carioca searching for their third Caballero, Donald Duck, as they are supposed to perform in concert. The ride progresses through Mexican scenes and animatronics until all Three Caballeros unite to perform. It is super cute and very relaxing. I highly recommend it and there is rarely a wait for it.
Next to San Angel, you will find La Cava del Tequila, a tequila bar with tequila (duh), specialty margaritas, and appetizers. Here you can also book The Agave Experience. This is a private tequila tasting with tequila connoisseurs, that you can only get in Tequila, Mexico. It is truly a one of a kind experience! If you are interested in booking this experience for your trip, contact me today and let’s get this set up.
In the before times, guests could meet Donald Duck. Character meet and greets are currently unavailable due to COVID. You could also find the amazing Mariachi Cobre performing here, a group of AMAZING musicians that you simply must experience. They are currently appearing at the American Gardens Theater in the American pavilion as part of the Flower and Garden Festival, and are also slated to appear this summer during the International Food and Wine Festival.
You’ve looked at art work, you’ve gone on a relaxing boat ride, you’ve eaten, you’ve drank, you’ve heard some music. All that’s left is shopping! In the Plaza de los Amigos you will find authentic Mexican goodies like sombreros and ceramics and musical instruments like castanets and maracas. Outside of the Mexico pavilion, you can grab a quick service meal at La Hacienda de San Angel (available on mobile ordering) or grab a margarita at Choza de Margarita, an outdoor margarita bar that also serves appetizers.
Have you visited the Mexico pavilion? You simply must go! It is absolutely beautiful and has a lot to look at! Have you heard about the summer room-only discount currently being offered? Read about it here!