Today we're going to take a walk South of the boarder to Mexico. Now before we start our walk, it's interesting to note that as you enter the World Showcase and look across the World Showcase lagoon at the American Adventure, Mexico is the first country to what I believe is on the South side of the lagoon and Canada is the first country on the North side of the lagoon. I'm sure that is not a coincidence and that the Disney Imaginears planned it that way. (Note: It has been correctly pointed out by a number of readers that Mexico is on the East side and Canada is on the West side of the World Showcase Lagoon. I stand corrected.)
In any event, the Mexico pavilion is always a favorite place to stop and visit. My wife loves the Gran Fiesta boat ride and I love the idea that most of the pavilion is indoors and air conditioned. It's a great place to spend some time cooling off.
Today we will be walking in from the Future World side of Epcot.
As we enter the pavilion we can't miss the beautiful pyramid that shoots up into the sky. It looks like a stairway to heaven. The pyramid is modeled after an Aztec Temple of Quetzalcoatl (the god of life) at Teotihuacan. Along what I called the "stairway to heaven" are a number of serpent heads that represent Quetzalcoatl. Also, take a minute and look at the artwork at the base of the pyramid and on the two structures on either side. Most people just walk by and pay no notice. Before we go inside I want to mention one more thing. Some of you will remember that the pyramid use to have plants/flowers on three of it levels. Personally I like the pyramid without the plants. It seems more natural; what do you think?
Before we go inside I want to mention that the handicap entrance is to the right of the pyramid.
OK, let's go inside. The first thing we see is all those brightly colored wood carvings. They are the Animales Fantasticos - The Spirits in Wood. Also, the Kidcot location is in the same area.
Then we move along into the Plaza De Los Amigos. As you look down into what looks like a Mexican village you see carts with bright colored merchandise, shops, a restaurant and a Mayan pyramid in the distance. What a beautiful sight!
There is some great shopping here for those so inclined. The carts are loaded with traditional Mexican ware and the shops have some really terrific items. If you're lucky you can catch the glass blower in action in the La Prircesa de Cristal shop. You'll find fine jewelry and accessories in La Tienda Encantada.
New to the Plasa De Los Amigos is the Gava Tequila bar. A great place to stop, have a drink and relax.
The San Angel Inn restaurant has a great menu and a beautiful setting. As you eat you have the Mayan pyramid and an erupting volcano in the background. Very, very pretty!
The Gran Fiesta Tour is a relaxing ride that's been updated with the Three Amigos. The ride is a mixture of video and small world like characters on as they try to find Donald Duck. A thrill ride it's not, but it is entertaining and worth doing.
As we leave the Aztec Temple you'll notice the quick service restaurant right across from the steps. The Cantina de San Angel has some of the best, out of the way tables to eat at. You may not have noticed by the tables go all the way around the restaurant. Great place to grab a quick bite to eat and get out of the sun.
There's and outdoor shopping kiosk right next door where you can try on one of those big Mexican hats and have a ring carved.
Most days you'll find Donald Duck there to greet you. What a rascal he is! Also, a couple days a week the Mariachi Cobre band perform. I really enjoy listening to them!
And before we leave Mexico, we must stop and have one of those really tasty Margaritas.
And on to our next walking tour!
Whew, I don't know about you, but that walk really wore me out! As usual it was great having you walk with me. We're going to Norway next, so rest up and get yourself ready.
Please leave me a comment and tell me what you like about the Mexico pavilion or what your memories are of previous visits. I love to get comments.
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Well, that’s all for now. As my good friend says “see ya real soon”….DizneyMike
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