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Friday, January 5, 2018

Showcasing the World: Mexico

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Welcome to a new blog series titled Showcasing the World! In this series, we will be exploring the attractions, entertainment, dining experiences, and shopping opportunities at the eleven countries in Epcot's World Showcase.

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Upon entering World Showcase at Showcase Plaza, the first pavilion on the left will be the Mexico Pavilion.  The Mexico Pavilion is a Mesoamerican pyramid with steps leading up to the main entrance doors.  Inside, guests step into a twilight Mexican village and marketplace called Plaza de los Amigos.  The edge of the plaza overlooks an indoor lagoon with more pyramids and a smoking volcano in the background.

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When the Mexico Pavilion opened in 1982, the El Rio del Tiempo was the main attraction in the pavilion.  It was updated in 2007 to the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros.  Both attractions feature a dark ride boat journey through Mexico that showcased the various scenes of the country.  The Three Caballeros - Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, and Panchito Pistoles - were added to the scenes during the update.  

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In 2015, the The Three Caballeros audio-animatroics were added to the finale scene of the attraction.  They used to be a part of the Mickey Mouse Revue at the Magic Kingdom from 1971-1980 until they were move to Tokyo Disneyland.  They came back to the US for D23's Destination D event in 2011 before making their way to World Showcase. 

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While exploring the base of the Mexico Pavilion pyramid, guests can say hola to Donald Duck, dressed in a colorful sombrero.

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A long-standing Mexico Pavilion tradition is the Mariachi Cobre, a mariachi band that performs traditional folk music from Jalisco, Mexico, around the pavilion. 

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The Mexico Pavilion is home to many different flavorful dining locations.  The San Angel Inn Restaurante is an indoor table-service restaurant located in the main pavilion, which is inspired by a restaurant in Mexico City of the same name that dates back to 1692.  It features authentic Mexican food as well as premium margaritas and tequila. 

La Hacienda de San Ángel is an indoor restaurant on the World Showcase Lagoon.  Similar to The San Angel Inn Restaurante.  La Hacienda de San Ángel features regional Mexican cuisine and premium margaritas and tequilas. 

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Cantina de San Ángel is a quick service dining option that features nachos, tacos, empanadas, and margaritas.  Its open air dining area overlooks the World Showcase Lagoon.

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La Cava del Tequila is located inside the main pavilion and features a vast collection of tequilas, specialty margaritas, and light Mexican appetizers. 

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The newest addition to the Mexico Pavilion is Choza de Margarita.  This new outdoor margarita bar features a wide variety of frozen margaritas, on-the-rocks margaritas, and Mexican-inspired snacks.

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The main shopping area in the Mexico Pavilion is inside the Plaza de Los Amigos.  Here, guests can find authentic Mexican merchandise at the Art of Mexico, Artesanias La Familia Fashions, El Ranchito del Norte, and various vendor carts.  The souvenirs include clothes, jewelry, home decor, pottery, piñatas, and dolls.  There is also a store located outside the pavilion that features a smaller selection of Mexican-inspired merchandise. 

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Robyn Fleenor is a contributing writer for The Mouse Knows Best Podcast. She is an avid Disney fanatic and would rather be at Walt Disney World eating glazed almonds than anything else.  When she isn't working to pay for her next Disney vacation, she likes to binge watch TV shows and fall in love with fictional characters. She can be found tweeting at @rahrah6263. 

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