Mexico Pavilion

10 Reasons Why We Love the Mexico Pavilion in EPCOT!

The Mexico Pavilion is one of our favorite pavilions at the World Showcase in Epcot.  In this post we will focus on 10 reasons, in no particular order, why we love the Mexico Pavilion!  We’ll discuss all the amazing shops, attractions, food, and of course drinks that make the Mexico Pavilion so great!  So come along amigos!

Epcot theme park in Walt Disney World is divided into two distinct sections, Future World and World Showcase.  In the World Showcase there are 11 different countries represented, most filled with a ride or attraction showing visitors a little bit about their countries.

10. Let’s Go Shopping!

The Mexico Pavilion is one of the only pavilions that has both food and shopping on both sides of the pathway as you enter.  Near the water is El Ranchito del Norte, a cute little shop that sells sombreros, decorative sugar skulls, and maracas!

Plaza de los Amigos
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Step inside of the pyramid and you will see the open air market, Plaza de los AmigosYou will feel as if you were transported right to a village in Mexico with souvenirs like piñatas, ceramics, ponchos, wool blankets, glassware, and more!

Also, inside the pyramid is La Princesa de Cristal.  In this shop you can purchase beautiful Arribas Brothers blown glass figures, crystal glassware, and crystal figures of your favorite Disney characters!

9. Mariachi Cobre!

Mariachi Cobre

Just to the side of El Ranchito del Norte is a little covered alcove where guests can often enjoy the music of Mariachi Cobre.  This energetic band performs several shows a day for approximately 25 minutes.  If the weather is a bit rainy, often they can be found inside the pyramid performing traditional music around the Plaza de los Amigos!

8. Donald Duck!

Donald Duck
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Just outside of the Mexico pavilion as you make your way toward Norway look to your left and you will see Donald Duck donning his best sombrero and poncho for a meet and greet!  If it is raining, he may be found inside the pyramid near the Kidcot station striking his best pose!

7. Coco Inspired Lobby

Coco at Mexico Pavilion

The lobby displays inside the pyramid at the Mexico pavilion changes from time to time, and currently it is showcasing displays inspired by the Disney-Pixar movie Coco.  “Remember Me” is a tribute to Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, and is a beautifully vibrant and interactive addition to this pavilion.  You will see dioramas featuring sugar skulls, artwork, and even be able to take your picture as one of the characters from Coco!

EPCOT Coco Interactive

6. La Cava del Tequila

La Cava del Tequila
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Located inside of the pyramid tucked away to the side of a little “cave” is La Cava del Tequila.  This amazing lounge has over 200 tequilas!  Try a tequila flight, a delicious Wild Passion Fruit Margarita, or a tasty La Cava Avocado!  They also offer light bites like corn tortilla chips, guacamole and queso!

La Cava Avocado
La Cava Avocado

This lounge is open from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Disney Dining Plans are not accepted here.

5. Choza de Margarita

Choza De Margarita

Located just outside of the pyramid, Choza de Margarita is the newest food and beverage addition to the pavilion.  Here they offer frozen margaritas, beer, and signature margaritas ‘on the rocks” as well as tacos, empanadas and guacamole!

4. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros!

Gran Fiesta Tour

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a fun boat ride is based on the 1944 movie, The Three Caballeros, and follows Panchito Pistoles and José Carioca as they search for Donald Duck throughout many different places in Mexico!

The majority of the time the wait time is around 5-10 minutes for this attraction unless you get the mid-afternoon thunderstorm then it may spike a bit.  You can read more about Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros and watch our POV video here!

Let’s Eat!

3. La Cantina de San Angel

La Cantina de San Angel
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This is one of two restaurants located in the Mexico Pavilion that sit on the lagoon!  This is an outdoor quick-service location serving tacos, empanadas, churros and margaritas!  Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lagoon around the World Showcase as you dine!

This restaurant is open from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Disney Dining Plans are accepted at this location!

2. San Angel Inn Restaurante

San Angel Inn Restaurante
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This beautiful restaurant is located inside of the pyramid at the Mexico Pavilion.  San Angel Inn Restaurante is modeled after a 17th century hacienda (estate) and is located at the base of the Mayan ruins which can be seen from the Gran Fiesta Tour.  Enjoy an amazing lunch or dinner with authentic meals featuring steak, chicken, and fish all under perpetual twilight.  For drinks try the San Angel Inn Premium Tequila Flight or their signature San Angel Inn Margarita featuring Casa Dragones blanco tequila!

This restaurant is open from 11:30 AM to 9 PM.  Disney Dining Plans are accepted at this location!

1. La Hacienda de San Angel

La Hacienda de San Angel
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This restaurant is also located on the lagoon and is one of our favorites for good food and great views!  Dine on an savory New York Strip Steak with corn mashed potatoes or Del Mar, a grilled shrimp, fish and scallop meal that serves two!

Enjoy our favorite margarita, La Cava Avocado Margarita, as you may be able to take in the sights and sounds of the nightly fireworks spectacular IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth right from your table!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

This restaurant is open from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Disney Dining Plans are accepted at this restaurant!

The Mexico Pavilion shares with us a little bit of their culture, food, music, and of course drinks!  It is one of our first stops at the World Showcase.  Make sure to check out this beautiful pavilion on your next visit to Epcot!  Adios amigos!

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