Olé! It’s that time of year again where it’s time to celebrate one of our favorite holidays, Cinco de Mayo! While we never need a good reason to chow down on some delicious Mexican food, it’s an extra special day to celebrate the Mexican heritage.
Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Today, we mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano.
Looking for ways to celebrate Cinco De Mayo Disney style? We have gathered a list of places at both Downtown Disney and Disney World so you can plan the most exciting celebration yet!
Tortilla Jo’s is the best spot in Downtown Disney for Mexican food! They have a special menu planned for the holiday and it is already making my mouth water! The menu features amazing dishes such as:
- Callitos Zaragoza: Scallops, fresh kaffir lime juice, cucumber, red onion, baby heirloom tomatoes, jalapeño
- Pescado Al Sarten: Guachinango filet, chorizo, green beans, tomatoes, onions, serrano pepper, garlic, cilantro, queso ranchero
- Pollo En Mole Poblano: Bone-in chicken breast, Tortilla Jo’s signature mole sauce
- Mi Campo Mexican Flag Margarita Flight: Red Berry Margarita, traditional Lemon Lime Margarita and the Green Melon Margarita, served on the rocks 19
Of course you can’t leave the celebration without dessert! Be sure to try their special Cinco De Mayo cinnamon infused custard topped with a traditional Mexican eggnog! Anyone else drooling?
You can view their full menu here.
Mexico Pavilion at Epcot
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Disney World, the Mexico pavilion at Epcot has everything to make this holiday a true magical aventura!
- Mariachi Cobre: Enjoy the traditional folk music at the America Gardens Theatre
- Ride the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros: This fun boat ride is inspired by the 1944 Disney film “The Three Caballeros,” and will take you through the Mexico pavilion and some of the most famous sights and cities in Mexico where Panchito and Jose look for Donald Duck.
- Visit the Mexico Folk Art Gallery: “Remember Me!” – La Celebración del Día de Muertos is the exhibit highlight of this gallery inspired by Disney·Pixar’s Coco. The gallery also features art by prominent Mexican artists which includes calaveras, decorative skulls made of sugar, pre-Hispanic art, and the iconic sculpture Bridal Couple that you can’t miss!
- Shop at La Tienda Encantada: Located in the heart of the Mexico Pavilion, this fantastic shop features fine jewelry, tooled leather goods and colorful accessories inspired by the charm and beauty of old Mexico.
- Enjoy tastings from the Jardin de Fiestas at the Mexico Pavilion. Menu items include: Tostada de Cochinita, Sope de Chorizo, Passion Fruit Margarita, Tulum Mexican Craft Beer, and so much more. You can view the full menu here!
- Eat at San Angel Inn Restaurante: The occasional rumble of a volcano, the sounds of distant songbirds, a Mayan pyramid and an all Mexican-colonial style is all you need to enjoy the best tastes of Mexico and celebrate the holiday. Don’t forget to grab a margarita and enjoy the magical ambiance!
Frontera Cocina: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with $6 shots of mezcal, Queso Fundido, Oaxacan Mole Chicken, Cochinita Pibil, and so much more. You can view their full menu here.
Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas: Embark on a culinary tour of North, Central and South America within this waterfront spot at The Landing. Paradiso 37 offers delicious entrees like herb-roasted half chicken, Baja fish tacos, cedar-plank roasted salmon, North Carolina-style pork ribs and Argentinian skirt steak.
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