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A pre-Colombian pyramid surrounded by lush landscaping fashioned after a Yucatan jungle is your first introduction to the Mexican pavilion. As you enter the Plaza de Los Amigos, you first notice the darkened interior. It's always twilight in Mexico, the perfect backdrop for the smoking volcano and the grand Mayan pyramid in the background. There are colorful carts and shops offering Mexican jewelry, Kahlua, pottery, clothing and leather goods. There's often a strolling mariachi band making this visit an authentic taste of Mexico.
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
Photo courtesy of D23
This attraction replaces "El Rio Del Tiempo." It features Donald Duck, Jose Carioca and Panchito from Disney's 1944 animated film "The Three Caballeros."
The storyline has Donald disappearing enroute to the Three Caballeros performance in Mexico City. His friends Jose and Panchito go off in search of their missing pal.
FUN FACT: Three Audio-Animatronic figures of Donald Duck, Jose Carioca and Panchito were added to the attraction's finale in December 2015. The figures were part of the Mickey Mouse Revue at the Magic Kingdom from 1971-1980 and then were moved to Tokyo Disneyland for 26 years. They came back to the U.S. for D23's Destination D event in 2011 and then made their way into the Epcot attraction.
La Hacienda de San Angel is one of the table service dining options in Epcot. This 12,000 sq. ft. restaurant at the Mexico Pavilion has 250 seats offering authentic Mexican cuisine with a stunning view of the World Showcase Lagoon.
Regional Mexican dishes featuring beef, chicken and seafood served in traditional Mexican sauces and spices are served for both lunch and dinner at the San Angel Inn Restaurant. In accordance with the twilight scene of the plaza, the restaurant that overlooks the plaza and the boat ride is very dark and romantic with lanterns on the tables providing the light.
For lighter fare, La Cantina de San Angel, outside across the pathway serves such Mexican favorites as tacos, churros, tostados, Mexican beer and margaritas in the outdoor café.
La Cava del Tequila- taste authentic Mexican tequila and learn about its history and traditions.
Tastings are held Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays at 3:00 PM. Cost is $35.00 per person plus tax. Gratuity is included.
Guests may walk through the "Art of Mexico" to view the many authentic artifacts and national treasures of their homeland. The Plaza de Los Amigos offers some authentic Mexican souvenirs and treasures. In the Artesanias La Familia Fashions you'll find casual Mexican styled clothing and jewelry for women and children. Souvenirs and gifts from Northern Mexico are found in El Ranchito del Norte. Vendors' carts offer home décor gifts, silver jewelry and other Mexican souvenirs such as sombreros, piñatas, pottery and worry dolls. All areas of the Mexico pavilion are wheelchair accessible.
TIP: Donald Duck, clad in the traditional Mexican sombrero and serape, can often be seen here signing autographs and taking photos with guests.
To say “hello” in Spanish, say “hola” (OH-lah). Kids love greeting the Cast Members in their native language.