What’s not to love about a continuously running fiesta in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion? Step through the doors of the immense pyramid structure and you are quickly immersed into an open air marketplace where it’s always twilight. Stroll through kiosks piled high with colorful hats, pottery, crafts, and clothing on your way to delicious eateries, a smoldering volcano, and a delightful boat ride. Make sure to check out these highlights on your tour:
7. Outside Atmosphere
Strolling around the Mexico pavilion puts you in a festive mood with the open air kiosks selling maracas and huge sombreros. Admire the beautiful orchids and tropical plants with a cold margarita and churro from one of the outside food stands.
The Mexico pavilion offers a truly unique shopping experience.In the indoor pavilion, Plaza de Los Amigos, you can buy pottery, hot sauces, soccer merchandise, handbags and leather goods, candy, large paper flowers, and traditional crafts. A separate shop offers silver jewelry and delicate glassware. The vendors outside the pavilion have fun souvenirs for sale as well.
5. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
This indoor boat ride is right next to the San Angel Inn and features a relaxing ride past lush vegetation and ancient Mayan pyramids. You can’t help but hum along to the catchy music as you float into the middle of an adventure to help Jose (the parrot) and Panchito (the rooster) find Donald Duck in time for a concert in Mexico City. Once the Three Caballeros are reunited, it’s time for a nighttime fiesta.
4. Donald Duck and Friends
Once your boat has docked, head outside adjacent to the pyramid to the semi-circle path and meet up with the Three Caballeros for pictures and autographs. Donald is sporting his colorful serape and sombrero.
3. Live Entertainment
The guitars and trumpets of Mariachi Cobre serenade you as you enjoy the Mexican marketplace. The band is outfitted in vibrant costumes and entertains guests with lively songs and traditional tunes. You can catch them outside several times a day or inside in the event of inclement weather.
2. Folk Art
My family is always entranced by the detailed Oaxacan wood carvings displayed just inside the pavilion. The carvings represent animals and humans, and you can observe the artisans creating their artwork as well. There are carvings for sale once you are in the marketplace area. Look also for the cultural artifacts in the entrance of the pavilion. Many times guests hustle right past them, but it’s so worth the time to stop and enjoy the history they represent.
There are so many tasty dining options in Mexico that it’s hard to choose just one. If you’re in the mood for a quick-service meal, head to La Cantina de San Angel for tacos, nachos, empanadas, Mexican beer and margaritas. Enjoy the meal on the lovely covered deck overlooking the World Showcase lagoon. If you’re interested in a table-service experience, check out La Hacienda de San Angel for authentic Mexican dining with a waterfront view. The menu features seafood, chicken, steak, and pork. If you’d rather dine with a view of a smoking volcano, make reservations at the San Angel Inn Restaurante. Many of the tables border the indoor waterway, and all of the tables offer a romantic dining experience. Entrees feature Mexican specialty dishes and desserts. Finally, stop by La Cava del Tequila or the new Choza de Margarita for tequila tastings and snacks. Both offer amazing specialty margaritas!