The World Showcase at Epcot offers guests the unique experience to travel and taste their way around the World. This new series, Explore the World (Showcase) will give you a quick glance at what all of the 11 countries at Epcot have to offer. So be sure to come on an empty stomach and grab your passport because it’s time to explore!
Hola! And welcome to Mexico. Depending on how you start your journey around the world, this is either your first stop or last stop in the World Showcase. Check out a breakdown of the Mexico Pavilion on my Explore the World (Showcase) series.
Ever been to the Mayan Ruins in Mexico? Well channel those vibes as you approach this area. The Mexico Pavilion in Epcot is extremely identifiable thanks to the giant pyramid structure and lush greenery.
The other buildings in the pavilion are in line with classic Mexican architecture and coloring. When walking through, it gives a feel as if you are walking the streets of a small town in Mexico.
The Mexico Pavilion is home to not one but two table service restaurants: La Hacienda de San Angel and San Angel Inn Restaurant. The San Angel Inn Restaurant is located inside of the pyramid while La Hacienda de San Angel is located on the World Showcase Lagoon. If you are on the hunt for an amazing view of Illuminations, head to La Hacienda which as I mentioned overlooks the lagoon. Both offer traditional Mexican dishes.
If you are looking for some quick Mexican food such as tacos or churros, head to La Cantina de San Angel, which offers quick bites and yummy margaritas.
Also in this pavilion is La Cava de Tequila, where you can try and learn about different tequilas and Choza de Margarita, where you can taste all types of margaritas.
I am totally corny, but Gran Fiesta Tour featuring the Three Caballeros is probably my favorite ride in Epcot. The idea behind this ride is that Donald has gone missing and the other two thirds of the Three Caballeros are on the hunt to find him. It is honestly such a cute ride and is usually not very crowded, which is even better. Keep in mind that this ride does not have FastPass+ service. As I said, it’s usually not crowded at all and you probably wait maybe 10 minutes max. Prior to being the Gran Fiesta Tour, this ride was called El Rio de Tiempo and had a similar feel as It’s a Small World.
Once you enter the pyramid, you will find a whole marketplace of authentic Mexican items from vendors. In addition to these options, there is also The Plaza de Los Amigos, Artesanias La Familia Fashions and El Ranchito de Norte. At all of the stores you can purchase items such as clothes, home decor, traditional Mexican silver jewelry as well pottery.
Dying to meet a character? Well you know how Donald Duck is missing on the Gran Fiesta Tour? I have a secret….. I found him! He’s outside taking pictures with everyone. Located in a small alcove next to the pyramid, Donald greets fans in his sombrero. Interaction times vary, so be sure to check that location or the My Disney Experience App.
During the Food & Wine Festival and Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot, Mexico has a presence. Their booth usually features authentic Mexican food and drinks.
During Flower & Garden I tried the Tiger Lily Sangria, recommended by the Cast Member, and it was really good! Plus, they had the cutest topiary of the Three Caballeros near the Pavilion entrance.
There you have it! A glance at the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot. Be sure to check back for more in the Explore the World (Showcase) series. Until then, adios!
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