1. The large temple that houses the majority of the Mexico pavilion is fashioned after what type of temple?
- Aztec – The 36 foot high pre-Colombian pyramid is fashioned after the Aztec Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacan. Pictured as a feathered serpent, Quetzalcoatl is the deity the Aztecs believed to lift the sun, as well as the god of the winds, breath of life, learning and priesthood. The artwork piece, placed at the front of the pyramid’s staircase to prevent adventurous guests from climbing to the top, is based off of historical mural wall paintings found at the real Temple of Quetzalcoatl.
2. The outdoor area of the Mexico pavilion represents how many climate zones that occur in Mexico’s environment?
- 2 – There are two main climatic zones represented in the Mexico pavilion; the jungle and arid regions. The lush jungle can be found growing abundantly around Mexico’s Aztec temple centerpiece. To achieve this wild, green landscape, Disney horticulturists used a variety of plants such as; Moreton Bay Fig trees, Silver Trumpet trees, Mexican Fan palms, Orchid trees, and Silk Floss trees. The desert climate encapsulates the other side of the Mexico pavilion.
3. True or False: Plaza De Los Amigos is the name of the Mexican Plaza inside the Mexico pavilion. True: Housed in a 85,000 square foot show building, Plaza De Los Amigos is in perpetual twilight. Based on the real Mexican town of Toxco de Alarcon, which is famous for it’s Spanish colonial architecture, Plaza De Los Amigos is replete with interesting details. For example, did you know that when you first walk into the twilight show building you are transported to the Mayoral hillside residence above Plaza De Los Amigos? Or that the beautiful lighted fountain located almost directly below you is called Fuente de la Vida?
4. How many sponsors did the Mexico pavilion originally have when it first opened?
- 2 – There seems to be some debate online and in books about whether there were one or two opening day sponsors. However, I thought this was an interesting trivia question as it points to the fact that, despite the popular myth, not all World Showcase pavilions were sponsored by the represented country’s government. In fact, seven of the nine original pavilions were sponsored by businesses. The Mexico pavilion was one such country and was sponsored by Moctezuma Brewery (a major Mexican brewery founded in 1880) and San Angel Inn.
5. Inside the Grand Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, what is the name of the show scene that is reminiscent of the Magic Kingdom‘s “it’s a small world” attraction?
- Festival of Children – Seeing as how the Magic Kingdom’s “it’s a small world” is one of my favorite theme park attractions, it’s no wonder that I love this charming scene found in the Grand Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros! This bright colorful scene represents Mexico’s colonial period and depicts Audio-Animatronic children dressed in folk costumes. As a side note, if you would like to read more about the original attraction (El Rio del Tiempo) find yourself a copy of “Walt Disney’s EPCOT Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow” by Richard R. Beard. It’s absolutely fascinating!
- Under the Mexican Sun
- Fiesta Hoy!
(Photo from author’s personal collection)
Erin Stough has always loved Disney, but the magic of the parks truly captured her imagination during a mother-daughter trip in 2001. The obsession began and Erin hasn’t looked back! When she isn’t devouring Disney related books, Erin spends time with her wonderful (and patient) husband and super pup Milo.