Despite my nephews thinking Epcot was “boring”, it has always been one of my favourite theme parks at Walt Disney World. I particularly like wandering around the World Showcase with its series of selected country pavilions.
As the country pavilions are set out in a half moon shape, most Disney fans have a strong preference for a clockwise or anti-clockwise touring plan. For some reason we usually go clockwise. This means Mexico is the first of the pavilions we arrive at.
Although we have done a few stops in Mexico, and I mean the actual country in this instance, the pavilion always leaves me wanting to visit and see more of this vibrant country.
The pavilion building itself appears to be an ancient pyramid. As you climb the steps (or use the disabled access ramps which all ancient pyramids had…) you enter into a night-time plaza and market place.
In the distance appears to be an erupting volcano. As you explore the area you will find shops selling Mexican souvenirs as well as clothing, foods and other items. I’ll cover these in another post.
Towards the back of the building is a sit down restaurant, San Angel Inn Restaurante. Just next to this restaurant, for the adults, is the La Cava del Tequila – a tequila bar.
Also almost hidden away in the back corner, is the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, a boat ride, which I will have a video for coming soon… This is currently the only ride running in the World Showcase.
Returning outside the pyramid, across the walkway is another dining location, La Hacienda de San Ángel, another sit down location along side the main Epcot lagoon. For those more budget conscious diners, this is where you will find the quick service Cantina de San Ángel.
And finally you will also find live entertainment in this area with the Mariachi Cobre. I understand that they often roam around the pavilion but as it was brutally hot the day we were the, they were under the shade covering.
During Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, there is also an additional stand to get sampler sized portions of some Mexican dishes. I was particularly intrigued by the Pastel de elote con queso or Sweet corn cheesecake.
And lastly, here are some close-ups the Mexican arts and cultural items scattered around the pavilion.
I hope you enjoyed this snippet of Mexico, stay tuned for more about Epcot’s World Showcase very soon!Follow @paula_from_nz
I also remember thinking Epcot was boring when I went as a kid. I feel like now I would love it, even that fake Mexico looks awesome being a native Mexican myself.
I can easily understand how children wouldn’t enjoy it. I guess as adult travellers though, its a nice thing that its more child free 😉
I love Epcot!
I do not know if they still have this particular activity.. but you can collect a mask from one of the pavilions and then when you travel to each country you receive a stamp! It was my favourite thing to do as a child.. and my parents were happy that I wanted to visit all the pavilions, to collect the stamp!
Pretty sure they still do this but we were unable to even get these particular kids interested in the “Agent P” game. I guess it depends what they are into. The eldest did like the UK and Germany stores for the soccer merchandise.
Mexico has to be one of the best pavilions at World Showcase. Here is my summary of a visit – https://apetcher.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/around-the-world-in-eighty-minutes/
I think its probably my favourite, most likely because its indoors and aircon 🙂
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