35 To Epcot 35: Day 24 – Mexico Pavilion


Epcot Center 35th Anniversary on October 1, 2017

Guests traveling clockwise around The World Showcase will first come across the Mexico pavilion.  Recognizable for its Mesoamerican-style pyramid, the Mexico attraction features artwork, a boat ride, and authentic food and shopping.


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Plaza de Los Amigos:

Visitors who ascend the landmark pyramid, will enter into the “Animales Fantásticos” art collection, and beyond it, a twilight-lit, opened Mexican plaza complete with colorful carts and shopping, a restaurant, and smoking volcano.


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Plaza de Los Amigos includes many carts and shops. The Artesanias La Familia shop sells authentic Mexican clothing and jewelry. El Ranchito del Norte sells souvenirs and gifts from Northern Mexico.  There are also several carts that sell ceramics, instruments, piñatas, leather goods, and other authentic merchandise.  


  • After venturing through the open marketplace, guests will see San Angel Inn Restaurante –a hacienda-themed, table-service restaurant modeled after a famous Mexico City restaurant by the same name.
  • Providing a memorable dining experience with a pyramid and smoking volcano background, it is located near the boarding area for the ride, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros.  



The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is a lagoon boat ride starring Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, and Panchito Pistoles (from the 1944 film, The Three Caballeros).  The El Rio del Tiempo ride was removed and a new version of the attraction opened in 2007; this one featuring a video story about Donald and his friends. Donald goes missing before a concert in Mexico City and Jose and Panchito try to find him. The ride concludes with a video of The Three Caballeros in concert.  In December of 2015, three audio-animatronic figures of The Three Caballeros were also added to the finale.

Before the Three Caballeros animatronics

After the added animatronics

El Rio del Tiempo

  • Prior to the 2007 renovation, the ride at the Mexico pavilion was entitled, El Rio del Tiempo, or The River of Time.
  • Also known as Las Tres Culturas de Mexico (The Three Cultures of Mexico), the ride focused on ancient, colonial, and modern cultures.  
  • The ride began in ancient times with Aztec rituals displayed on movie screens, moved into colonial times that were represented with singing dolls in festival garb, and traveled to the modern era with images of Mexican beach resorts and street merchants.  The finale was a fiesta with projected fireworks, a marionette carousel, and music.
  • Many of the original dolls are still included in the new ride, but the carousel was replaced with the movie screen used in the current finale.

Other Restaurants:

La Hacienda de San Ángel:

A waterfront, indoor, table-service restaurant that opened in September of 2010, it serves authentic Mexican cuisine and margaritas.

La Cantina de San Ángel:

An outdoor, counter-service dining experience located near the World Showcase Lagoon, its fare includes: tacos, empanadas, guacamole, churros, fruit popsicles, draft beer, margaritas, and Mexican soda.

La Cava del Tequila:

A tequila lounge with over 200 types of tequila, margaritas and cocktails, Mexican beer and wine, and light snacks.



*IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is operated from a small control booth on top of the Mexico Pavilion.*

*La Cava del Tequila now serves a special margarita called “Universe of Energy” in honor of the now closed Pavilion*


Sources: Walt Disney World, LostEpcot.com, iThemepark, Disneyfoodblog, WDWMagic, TheDisneyBlog, EasyWDW, Wikipedia, Wikipedia


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