Epcot Mexico Pavilion

    Epcot World Showcase: Mexico Pavilion

    2011 09 06 06.09.54 Epcot World Showcase: Mexico Pavilion

    Photo via purchased Disney PhotoPass CD

    As we’ve seen so far, Epcot’s World Showcase is exactly what its name implies: international culture on exhibit. Imagineers were careful to select architectural features so specific to each locale that by sight alone Guests would recognize which country they were entering. In designing each Pavilion, to be as authentic as possible, design teams consulted historians and native groups, even foreign exchange students and ambassadors. And in the case of Morocco, the country’s king sent his very own craftsmen to help build the site.

    The Mexico Pavilion is proof Imagineers did their homework. As we approach the Pavilion, noting everything from the structural appearance to the food and merchandise available along the walk, there’s no question as to which nation we are visiting.

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    Photo used by permission from wdwnews.com

    The pyramid is a replica of an Aztec Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacan, Mexico. Altered by Mayan influence and displaying Toltec art, the building effectively captures three distinct cultures of ancient Mexico. Inside is the Plaza de los Amigos, a colonial plaza and marketplace where it is eternally twilight, the time of day when friends and family—relationships of prime importance in Mexican culture—gather to spend time together. A fine eatery with a view of a distant, smoking volcano sits along the river bank. The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros boatride through the pyramid traverses the geography and history of this richly diverse culture with a humorous journey with Donald and his amigos.

    Today’s Takeaway:
    Visit Homeschool Creations for “Off We Go to Mexico ~ Unit Study & Lesson Plans.” Jolanthe has broken the study into a 4-day/week, 2-week-long unit, offering geography, cultural activities, language lessons, and more, geared toward elementary students. She also offers FREE downloadable pdf files for your convenience.

    Mexico flag Epcot World Showcase: Mexico Pavilion

    SCHOOL SUBJECT: Social Studies, Geography
    SKILL LEVEL: Elementary

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    • http://www.dragynally.com Dana

      My favorite pavilion!!! I didn’t know 3 cultures were a part of the pyramid. So cool.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Yay! Always excited to hear someone learned something new!

    • http://www.facebook.com/chelisee Chelsea Pulver

      I loved the Mexico pavilion! Thanks for posting this info! I had no idea the pyramid was a replica of Aztecz Temple of Quetzalcoati! That is very neat!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Yep! Those Imagineers are pretty talented!

    • Rochelle M.

      The marketplace sounds like fun!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        It’s pretty neat! The twilight atmosphere is really cool.

    • Shannon T

      We are not big fans of world showcase, but we LOVED the Mexico pavilion!!!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        It’s a good one!

    • http://www.pursuingthemagic.com/ Beth D.

      We love the Mexico Pavilion! It is just fun to shop around, and my husband likes the tequila bar. :-) We also did the Agent P mission in Mexico, so my kids really paid close attention to all it had to offer (besides the “Donald ride” as they call it!).

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        We haven’t made it all the way around with Agent P – couldn’t hear the messages very well, so kids got bored with it :( But we do love this pavilion!

        • http://www.pursuingthemagic.com/ Beth D.

          We had a hard time because three other families were in the pavilion doing the adventure too, so we couldn’t tell what we were activating, what they were, etc. Besides we were there around dinner time, so it was quite busy inside anyways. My kids “huddled” around the phone, but I am not sure they could hear everything either. :-)

    • Debbie

      Looks like a Neat place!!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        It really is!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Tinkermari Margaret Williams

      For some reason we don’t spend much time at the Mexico Pavilion. We usually start at Canada and work our way around counter-clock wise.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Ah, so you’re tired and ready to skip it by the time you get around to Mexico, huh? I know the feeling! Looks like you need to go the opposite direction next time ;)

    • Kelly A,

      I am sad to say that we have never been in the Mexico Pavilion. I wasn’t even aware for the longest time that it had a ride. It’s definitely on our list this time!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Really?! It’s a simple little ride, but it’s cute, and inside the pyramid is really cool!

    • Liz

      The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is my son’s favorite at Epcot.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        My kids think it’s cute too!

    • Khara

      My favorite country to visit in the World Showcase! Thanks for the fun facts to share with the kiddos next time :)

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        It’s a really cool pavilion! Thanks for stopping by!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dawn.hopkins1 Dawn Hopkins Panagos

      We always go on the Gran Fiesta and have dinner at the San Angel Inn every trip…Love this pavilion!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Such fun!

    • Johnna Varty

      I love the World Showcase. Where else can you visit so many countries in only one day? I especially like how Disney hires people from those countries to work there. It really is interesting to talk to them about their culture.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Right! I know it’s very unlikely I’ll ever see many of those countries in real life, so I really like that I can globe trot without leaving the US! ;)

    • Wyndie Anglin

      My kids love the Grand Fiesta tour!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Donald Duck is so funny!

    • T Willoretta

      We just love the Mexico pavillion and all of World Showcase. When I was younger, I went on a walk around the showcase and stopped in every pavillion and bought a lapel pin (smaller then the pins they trade now – this was a while back) of the country’s flag. I still have them! When we took my son on his first trip, I printed a flag from each country and had him color it (he was 5 at the time). Each time we go to WDW, we end up spending more and more time at EPCOT.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        We dedicate at least two days each trip to Epcot! Love it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/kristine.a.mertens Kristine Aubut Mertens

      I can’t wait til our trip this summer. Will definitely be spending time in Epcot, including Mexico and all of the World Showcase!!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        How exciting! Have a great trip!

    • Teri

      Epcot is one of my favorite parks, so much to learn about. We love the beauty in Mexico’s pavilion. Thanks for this post!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        It is a beautiful pavilion! Thanks for stopping by!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dana.russellschroeder Dana Russell Schroeder

      eventhough the ride in here is simple my daughter loved it!!! Nice to see more of Donald

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        It’s a fun Donald ride, isn’t it?!

    • http://www.adisneymomsthoughts.com Beth Green

      Back in my former life, as a first grade teacher, my favorite unit to teach was Mexico! I loved looking at the lessons in Off We Go!! thanks! :)

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        It is fun!

    • Laurie Nykaza

      What an amazing trip to take I have yet to go there since we live by Disneyland we have not made it there yet. The replica of the Aztec Temple looks so fun. I hope to visit Epcot and see all of it this would be a great adventure for our family.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Oh yes, you need to visit WDW sometime! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/JPFamilymom Jessica Phillips

      What a great lesson in the structure of the builings and what they replicate. My kids love this pavilian and especially the ride which we rode three times in a row last September. I can’t wait to use the week long unit to use before our next trip and spend some extra time in the pavilion. Last year our focus was on Japan.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Those Imagineers leave out no details!

    • http://www.facebook.com/diane.ciprianosabatini Diane Cipriano Sabatini

      I went there about 23 years ago but with all this new info I think I need to go again.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        You’re long overdue for a WDW trip! ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=711715855 Beka Caudill

      This is by far my favorite pavilion! It feels like a true escape when I’m in there. Thanks for the info, I think that it’ll make it more fun for the kids if they can learn something while in the pavilions other than watching mom & dad eat & shop!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Yes, it will! Don’t forget there’s a meet-n-greet with Donald Duck at the Mexico Pavilion too!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1456133381 Maureen Tarpey

      Mexico is one of my all time favorites! Not just for the shade and margaritas! Thanks for the background! I love that I can point some new facts out to my nieces next time we visit:)

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        LOL! It’s a great place to chill, isn’t it?

    • jjzmgailey

      This is my favorite pavilion in Epcot! My Gram took me to Tijuana once when I was about 8 years old and we shopped in the outdoor markets. This pavilion reminds me of that fun trip! I also love the evening atmosphere of dining at the San Angel Inn!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Thanks for stopping by, Jackie! The Mexico Pavilion has a really neat atmosphere.

    • Kristin B

      I’ve only been once (last summer), so I can’t remember the name of the place, but that little restaurant there is pretty yummy!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        The one inside the pyramid is San Angel Inn; the one outside is La Hacienda de San Angel. Both are delicious!

    • daowens58

      The restaurant at the Mexican Pavilion was my family’s favorite place to eat at Epcot! The atmosphere is amazing, & the food is great!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        It is mui delicioso!

    • Allison

      I love the Mexican Pavilion for so many reasons. Like most of the pavilions I feel like I have visited another world. I get this feeling especially in Mexico because of the difference in temperature. I feel like it is a great place to relax in the parks.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        I agree! I really like the atmosphere inside the pyramid.

    • Nichole

      One of my favorite places. I love the atmosphere inside the pyramid and how it makes you feel like you are in a Mexican village at night.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        I know! It’s really a neat effect!

    • April

      I love the Mexican Pavillion! Love the Three Cabroas boat ride and the restuarant that is located inside!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        We do too! I love the interior atmosphere!

    • jena b.

      I was just there last week love the boat ride and the resturant

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Lucky you! Such fun!

    • Lisa Arledge

      Mexico is one of my favorites!!! I love the darkness–and coolness on a hot summer day. I’ve never eaten there (picky husband), but one day I’d love to!

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Oh, you’re missing some good food!