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Mexican Pavilion at Epcot
Epcot’s World Showcase is so great for experiencing different cultures of the world. One of the many pavilions is the Mexican Pavilion, where you can have a small sample of a Mexican village. You walk up a wide staircase into the pyramid and into the “Plaza de Los Amigo”. (The pavilion is wheelchair assessable). This pavilion is a great place to visit on a hot day as it is so cool and inviting. The plaza contains colorful market stalls selling authentic Mexican souvenirs, t-shirts and pottery. It’s fun to have your picture taken wearing a large sombrero. A strolling mariachi band adds so much to the atmosphere and you feel as though you have transported to a Mexican village with the stucco walls and Mexican tiled floors.
Hop on the cute little river boat ride called “Three Caballero’s “that travels around the outer areas of the pavilion passing a Mayan ruin and an erupting volcano. There never seems to be a lineup for this ride and it is nice to relax as you pass under a nighttime darkened sky. It is a very calm and slow ride similar somewhat to “It’s a Small World”. You can hear the Mexican music in the background coming from the Plaza de Los Amigo.
The Mexican Pavilion offers plenty of food and snack options. For a more formal dining experience you can choose San Angel Inn. You enter this restaurant under an archway made of brick and stucco. The restaurant is very dark and gives the illusion of eating outside under a star lit sky. It is sometimes hard to read the menu because of the darkness but you can use your cell phone for light or ask your server for a flashlight (torch). You can see the volcano and the Mayan ruin in the background. Ask for a table at the back by the wrought iron fence that overlooks the river and watch all the boats from “Three Caballero” ride pass by. The tables have white tablecloths and little lanterns and are very close together. If you want to have a romantic meal, this restaurant may not suit you as it sometimes feels as though you are all sitting together even though you are at a separate table. . This restaurant serves authentic Mexican food and not the typical Mexican food you find at a Tex-Mex type of chain restaurant. When you first arrive you will be served some complimentary tortilla chips with two different sauces. You must make reservations before hand and they will not sit you unless all members of your party are present (even if someone has gone to the bathroom you will have to wait until they return).
When you enter the Plaza, turn to the right at the bottom of the stairs for the Tequila bar called “La Cavade Tequila”.
There are other eating options that are not as expensive as San Angel Inn.
The” Hacienda de San Angel” is a quick serve and dining restaurant and is located directly across from San Angel Inn.
The “Cantina de San Angel” is a quick serve restaurant with outdoor sitting by the lagoon that serves standard Mexican fool such as tacos, churros, and tostados. They also serve Mexican beer and margaritas.
It’s nice to visit the Mexican pavilion and come away with the feeling that you have spent a small amount of time in Mexico.
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