The first time I took my daughter to Walt Disney World she was only 3 years old and all she wanted to do was stay in Fantasyland. All I wanted to do was take her to Epcot inside the Mexico Pavilion to have her experience a bit of the magic of her heritage in what seems to be one of the most authentic recreations of this magical country.
If you’ve ever been to Epcot you might agree that this is the most beautiful, peaceful and even chilly out of all the pavilions in the World Showcase area. Everything from the massive pyramid that greets you, modeled after an actual Aztec Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacan, Mexico, and welcomes you into the colorful market area, to the food at the San Angel Inn makes you feel transported, albeit for a little while, to the sabor of the Mexican culture.
A family visit to the Mexico Pavilion is a perfect opportunity to engage your little ones in a chat about Mexico’s food, people, culture, music and history. So make sure you mark this spot as a favorite in your Disney Mobile Magic app and also to make a reservation in advance for the San Angel Inn because it tends to be a popular spot due to the great food and soothing ambience.
Kids will definitely enjoy the Gran Fiesta Tour where they will get to jump aboard a boat to go on an animated tour through the highlights of the arts, culture, people and foods of Mexico with the Three Caballeros: Donald Duck, José Carioca and Panchito Pistolas. When I got on this boat with my daughter, I couldn’t shut up because I was pointing out to her all the monuments, cities, beaches and so that I deeply adore from places like Mexico City, Acapulco and Chichen Itzá and was so thrilled to show her.
Another must-do is catch a performance from the Mariachi Cobre. This 12-piece Mexican mariachi band has been performing here since 1971 and are a popular act. Make sure you check their performance times so you don’t miss them.
And if you want to impress your family with some Mexico Pavilion trivia, I found these fun facts on TheMickeyWiki:
- Both Moctezuma Brewery and the San Angel Inn contributed money to the construction of the Mexico pavilion.
- Inside the pavilion’s large MesoAmerican pyramid, guests can see a Sun Stone (an Aztec calendar).
- In the pavilion’s original concept, the large pyramid was going to have glazed windows and the attraction’s boat ride would also go outside.
- In the lush forest outside of the MesoAmerican pyramid, guests can see a statue of an Olmec, the mother culture of ancient Mexico.
- The steps of the pyramid are guarded by serpents!
Have you been to the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot? What’s your favorite thing about it? Let me know in the comments below.
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