The Mexico Pavilion is styled to look like an ancient Temple in Tenochtitlan, the capital of what was once the vast Aztec Empire. The structure is immense and the rich details are worth taking a moment to appreciate.
Unlike the other World Showcase Pavilions, most of the attractions, shops, and restaurants are located inside one air-conditioned building. Coupled with the perpetual nighttime atmosphere, Mexico is one of the most relaxing and comfortable Pavilions to enjoy.
Pay special attention to the Temple’s interior backdrop, a spectacular Mayan Temple and smoldering volcano surrounded by a rich Yucatan jungle.
Attraction Info: Mexico features the “Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros” which is similar to “it’s a small world” at the Magic Kingdom.
The ride vehicles slowly meander around the river surrounding the interior of the Pavilion with Donald Duck and friends intermittently showing up to play songs or cause mischief. Waits are almost always under ten minutes, even if the queue snakes around and out of the main entrance area.
Just inside the entrance to the pyramid is an interesting cultural exhibit that looks at Aztec life. Many visitors overlook it in their hurry to get inside, but it’s some of the most interesting and creative examples of native artistry you’ll find in the World Showcase.
Also check out the wood carver on the main level near the entrance.
Finally, check your Times Guide to see when and where the traveling Mariachi band will be playing. Their first set is usually 11am or 11:30am with hourly shows that continue into the early evening.
La Cantina de San Angel is the outdoor quick service location with seating that overlooks World Showcase Lagoon.
The food is fresh, but portions are on the small side and prices are above average.
La Hacienda de San Angel is the relatively new table service restaurant on the Lagoon.
The menu is limited, but many tables inside offer an outstanding, indoor, air-conditioned view of IllumiNations. Consider a reservation around 8pm and request a window table if you’d like an opportunity to enjoy the show as you dine.
Finally, San Angel Inn is the restaurant inside of the pyramid that overlooks the Three Caballeros boat ride. Request one of the tables that overlooks the water. San Angel Inn has improved quite a bit over the years and is now a recommended restaurant. The one downside is that tables are close together and you’ll most likely feel like you’re dining with whoever is at the table next to you.
The restaurant is also extremely dark, to the point where it’s difficult to read the menu or take decent looking pictures of the food.
Drink Around the World: Mexico is most people’s favorite drinking destination, both at Epcot and in the “real world.”
La Cava del Tequila, located inside the pyramid, seats about 30 people and offers more than 70 tequilas ranging in price from about $8 to more than $50.
While drinks are now made in large batches in advance and served out of jugs, the margaritas here are still better than most other World Showcase mixed drinks, despite a high price point at $13-$16 plus tax and tip.
Outside, La Cantina de San Angel offers Dos Equis and Modelo on draft as well as a number of frozen margaritas.
There’s also a dedicated margarita kiosk that sells the same frozen margaritas along with several “premium” margaritas and beer.
Donald in a sombrero meets guests to the right of the pyramid.
Shopping Opportunities: There are a variety of shops and street carts in Mexico providing visitors with plenty of unique and mass produced merchandise. Piñatas, hand-crafted silver and jade jewelry, sombreros, and worry-dolls are all favorite items you won’t find anywhere else at Disney World.