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Typhoon Lagoon Celebrates Hispanic and Latin American Heritage

Mirabel meet and greet
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The party has officially begun at Walt Disney World! Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month has commenced, starting yesterday, September 15, 2023. “The U.S. government celebrates the countless contributions of more than 60 million Hispanic Americans, Latinos, Latinas, and Latinx-identifying people to our culture and society,” the U.S. Department of State shares.

The annual celebration has also begun at Walt Disney World. At Disney World, Guests can indulge in limited-time entertainment, dining, photo opportunities, and merchandise. Featuring many of Disney’s characters who are of Hispanic and Latin American descent, these new offerings are the perfect way to recognize the meaning of family, culture, and values. Favorite characters like Mirabel and Luisa from Encanto (2021) and Miguel and Hector from Coco (2017) are joining the celebration.

EPCOT Photo ops

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At Disney World, Guests can head to Magic Kingdom for the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade parade and meet Mirabel at Fairytale Garden. Over at EPCOT, Guests can visit the Mexico Pavilion for a slew of fun ways to celebrate, one being with Mariachi Cobre. A big part of the celebration is the cuisine made with delicious ingredients and, of course, some magic. The Mexico Pavilion offers decadent options like Elote at Choza de Margarita, a Paloma at San Angel Inn Restaurante, and Birria Tacos at Sunshine Seasons. But another Park is serving up some delicious food you may not have expected.

Typhoon Lagoon Celebrates Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month

Typhoon Lagoon is one of two water Parks at Walt Disney World. Currently, Typhoon Lagoon is the only water Park open, but it can often be forgotten about. With so much to do at Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon can fall last on the list. But as they serve up a delicious menu item in lieu of Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month, it may no longer be the best-kept secret at Disney.

Mariachi at Mexico Pavilion

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Be transported through flavor with the Tinga de Pollo at Typhoon Lagoon! The Roasted Chipotle Chicken dish is available all month long at Leaning Palms. This tasty dish “showcases a variety of flavors and is often enjoyed by her family for holidays and celebrations,” Disney Water Parks writes. What’s more, culinarian Jessica, who is a Mexican American proudly working at Disney World, prepared this dish. She “was reminded of traditional birthday celebrations in Mexico when preparing the recipe,” Disney adds.

Tinga from Landing Palms at Typhoon Lagoon

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Although Typhoon Lagoon may be considered a spot to soak up the sun and splash around for the day, it’s also a great place to celebrate with your group at Disney. Pro-tip for adults: pair a Grand Margarita from Let’s Go Slurpin’ with your Tinga de Pollo to keep the party going all day long.

How are you celebrating Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month at Disney?

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.