The Disney Mexico pavilion has long been a favorite of our family. The Pyramid that is the focal point of the pavilion was made to resemble an Aztec temple.
The pyramid houses the attraction, exhibit, restaurant and some shops. It is dimly lit and cool inside the pyramid so it is a good place to cool down on hot summer days. You might forget what time of the day it is because of the low lighting and the cool interior of the building so be prepared to be shocked when you leave the building to venture back out onto the World Showcase promenade.
The interior of the pyramid was designed and decorated to look like a plaza square at dusk. At the back of the plaza to the right you will find the San Angel Inn restaurant and too the left is the attraction, the Grand Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. At the front end of the plaza there is a fountain that is surrounded by market booths that display and sell Mexican crafts.
If you are in the market for merchandise that is a little more upscale, check out the shops that line the parameter of the plaza. Before you leave the pyramid, take some time to look at the exhibit of Mexican folk art animals and mythical creatures. Once outside, grab yourself a frozen margarita from the kiosk located on the promenade leading toward Norway and enjoy it while you continue to explore the World Showcase.
Disney Mexico Pavilion Attraction
The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is an indoor boat tour through the history and culture of Mexico. The Three Caballeros have reunited in Mexico City for a show but Donald Duck has gone missing, which requires his friends to go searching for him. This is the premise of the tour. Guests tour Mexico as they help the other two Caballeros, Jose` and Panchito find Donald Duck.
Donald's adventures take him (and you) to see the rainforest, a Mayan Pyramid, the Festival of the Dead holiday celebration and to see cliff jumpers in Acapulco. The ride lasts about 8 minutes and is funny as well as informative.
The boat ride is fun and it is a nice way to relax on a hot day. I like to get a churros from the cantina beside the lagoon. They are good-kind of like a donut with cinnamon and without the hole.
Disney Mexico Pavilion Entertainment
TheMariachi Cobre is an 11 piece mariachi band that performs just outside the entrance of the San Angel Inn. The band includes trumpets, violins, guitars and vocalists who harmonize beautifully to entertain those gathered in front of the restaurant waiting to be seated. The band can also be heard by those who are shopping in the marketplace.
Disney Mexico Pavilion Exhibit
Animale`s Fantasticos: Spirits in Wood- This is a collection of hand painted and hand craved folk art animals and mythical creatures. The animals are craved out of copal-wood and are painted with bright colored with unique designs. The exhibit is located just inside the pyramid entrance.
Mexican Food and Drink
The San Angel Inn is a table service restaurant located inside the Mexican pyramid. The menu consists of traditional dishes such as ceviche, fresh seafood dishes, grilled beef tenderloin, chicken enchiladas and tortilla soup. Wash it all down with a frosty Mexican beer or a margarita on the rocks.
The Cantina De San Angel is located next to the lagoon's edge across from the pyramid. This quick service spot features typical Mexican fast food. The menu consists of nachos, tacos, enchiladas, chips, black beans and churros. If you can not make up your mind, try the combination plate. Alcohol is also served at this restaurant.
La Cava del Tequila
The Mexican Pavilion opened a new bar/eatery earlier this year called La Cava del Tequila and we had a chance to try it out on our last visit in late November. It is located just to right when you enter the main pavilion - in a former shop. There is a long bar and a cozy seating area with about 15-20 table.
The bar and restaurant boasts 70 types of tequila that range in price from $8 to $50, in addition to tapas style quick bites of tasty food like fresh guacamole and different types of tostadas. The drink menu includes most of the big brands of Tequila. There are a variety of flights allowing guests to sample different brands and types of tequila, and it is also possible to order half-shots.
In addition to the tasting the Tequila flights mentioned above, quests can also taste the Margarita flights. These flights offers interesting flavors like avocado, blood orange, jalapeño, passion fruit and even cucumber. Surprisingly, our favorites were the cucumber and the avocado. Then again, my mouth was just about numb after trying one of the Tequila flights.
There is a beautiful mural on the side wall of the Cava that depicts the life cycle of processing Tequila, including the growth of the Agave plant, the cooking down of the plants to create Agave juice, the fermentation into Agave wine, and the distillation of the Agave wine into Tequila. The mural adds to the charm of the bar and at the same time gives guests a sense of history not only of Tequila but also of the Mexican people as well.
Overall we liked the environment that this new bar offered. It provided us with a few relaxing minutes to enjoy each other and the menu offerings while the kids enjoyed the boat ride in the Mexican pavilion.
I like getting the kids meals at the outside cantina.
My favorite food in Mexico is Nachos and a churros.
The Margarita kiosk serves frozen Margaritas. You can get a traditional lime flavor or a layered combination of strawberry, kiwi, mango, and lime. You also get to choose if you want a salt or sugar rimmed glass.
Disney Mexico Pavilion Shopping
Plaza De Los Amigos This is the indoor marketplace located in the Disney Mexico Pavilion. They sell brightly colored sombreros, paper flowers, straw baskets, and pottery. You can also find piñatas, candy, cookbooks, spices, and tequila.
La Familia Fashions- This shop sell Taxco silver jewelry, leather handbags, woodcarvings, and Talavera pottery.
La Princesa de Crystal- Located just outside the entrance/exit of the boat tour. The shop sells delicate crystal figurines.
El Ranchito del Norte- this outdoor shop is located lagoon side of the World showcase promenade. They sell Mexican blankets, sombreros, piñatas, and small collection of toys.
Mexico for Kids
Kidcot- tables are located in the pyramid to the left before you reach the boat tour. The room is called the Casa Mexicana exhibit room.
Characters - The Three Caballeros sometimes appear outside and to the right of the Disney Mexico pavilion on a shaded walkway.
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