by Caitlin Corsello
In all of Epcot, my favorite place to spend time is inside the Mexico Pavilion in World Showcase. Everything from the atmosphere to the food and drinks truly transports me to feeling as though I am actually spending time in a Mexican marketplace at dusk. I love the perpetual nighttime feel, designed intentionally because in Mexico dusk is a time where family and friends come together. This has certainly extended to my time in the pavilion forming my own memories with both friends and family.
The San Angel in is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. Partly due to the ambiance and the tranquility of sitting on the river with the smoking volcano in the background watching the boats drift by. The other main reason behind my love for the restaurant is that Mexican food is my favorite thing to eat. I literally could eat guacamole at any hour of the day, every day of the week. I have had many wonderful meals here, with the most recent celebrating one of my sisters’ birthdays with almost all of my family!
Also located inside the pavilion is the relatively new Cava de Tequila, serving up a wide array of tequila based cocktails and shots. In addition to my soft spot for Mexican cuisine, I love tequila. Margaritas are my all time favorite beverage and Cava de Tequila serves up some amazing ones. My favorite is the Avocado Margarita, but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. So it stands to reason that if you put me anywhere with Mexican food and tequila I would probably love it, right? While these things contribute to my love of the Mexico Pavilion, there is much more behind why it is my favorite spot in Epcot.
I love being able to wander through the market stalls in the middle of the courtyard and peruse all of the merchandise being sold. Starting years ago, I began collecting the ceramic suns and moons, purchasing one on every trip to Disney World. They now all reside on the door to my room at home, serving as a reminder of Disney and taking me right back to the courtyard itself on days where I am particularly wishing I was in Epcot. Another detail I always stop to appreciate is the fountain in the very front of the courtyard. Beautifully done, it is a great spot to stop, make a wish, and truly appreciate the detail and beauty that Disney dedicated into each pavilion in the World Showcase.
I am also a sucker for the Grand Fiesta Tour located in the back of the pavilion. Riding multiple times each visit, I always become engrossed by the beautiful images and music of Mexico shown throughout the ride. While I have never actually been to Mexico, it is a dream vacation of mine and for now this is my way of getting to experience it! Being a giant sucker for all things Halloween, my favorite part of the attraction is the festival room where there are symbols everywhere of Dia de las Muertas amid the celebration. While some people do not necessarily enjoy the addition of the Three Caballeros into the attraction, I am always entertained by their banter and presence. Overall, this is my favorite attraction/film to experience in World Showcase and I never miss an opportunity to experience it.
I could spend hours in this pavilion, between exploring, appreciating the small details, enjoying the music, eating, and drinking. Thus, it’s no wonder that the Mexico Pavilion is my favorite place to enjoy in all of Epcot. If you are ever in Epcot when I am, come looking for me, chances are I’ll be wandering the courtyard or in Cava de Tequila!
What do you love most about the Mexico Pavilion? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!
Caitlin Corsello was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. Her love for Disney started as an infant and has continued to grow with family vacations to Disney parks almost every year since. She holds a particular interest in WDW’s parks and attractions, never passing up an opportunity to visit. She looks forward to continuing to explore and learn about all things Disney and to share that passion with readers.