No Passport Needed: A Visitor’s Guide to Mexico Pavilion at Epcot

Mexico Pavilion at Epcot

I have visited Mexico several times and it’s always gorgeous! It’s so tropical with warm temps and warm people. Visiting Epcot at Walt Disney World gives my family a taste of all of these benefits and, from the food to the live entertainment and family-friendly boat ride, the pavilion highlights the best of the country- without ever having to pull your passport out of storage.

The World Showcase opens at 11am daily apart from Norway Pavilion and its “Frozen Ever After” attraction. You are able to walk past Mexico Pavilion to reach Norway Pavilion but entrance to the interior doesn’t begin until the World Showcase opens.

Mexico Pavilion at Epcot San Ángel Inn Restaurante


La Cava del Tequila- A tequila bar offering a huge selection of the popular liquor and light appetizers. The bar offers tequila specialists that circulate with the guests. Location: Near San Ángel Inn Restaurante

San Ángel Inn Restaurante- A sit-down style restaurant that’s the sister property of a dining spot in Mexico City. If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, you’ll need one table service credit for each dining party member.  If you want a gorgeous view of the indoor pyramid and smoking volcano, ask for a spot near the railing. It never hurts to ask, right?

Cantana de San Ángel- Counter service location near the World Showcase Lagoon. One counter service credit per diner. Tip: If you’re staying for Illuminations and hit the timing just right, you can watch the laser/fireworks show.

La Hacienda de San Ángel- Also located on World Showcase Lagoon. La Hacienda is an indoor, sit-down style restaurant. One table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan. 

Gran Fiesta Tour Mexico Pavilion Epcot

Entertainment and Artwork

 Mariachi Cobre is the traditional mariachi band filling the air around Mexico Pavilion with beautiful music. They perform several times daily and they’re schedule varies. If you’re are lucky enough to catch them perform, you’re in for a fabulous performance. Here’s what I love about the band: they cater the music to guests and sing special occasion songs.

After you check out Mariachi Cobre, head inside the Mesoamerican pyramid and check out the gorgeous artwork displays in the gallery. “Animales Fantásticos” will teach you all about prominent animals in Mexican culture. The exquisite pieces will have you wanting a few in your own home.

Speaking of shopping…

Just in case you need it, here’s the official Epcot map.


If you’re looking for handmade, authentic Mexican goods, Plaza de los Amigos is the place to make a beeline! The indoor plaza has the look and feel of an outdoor plaza at night. The pretty fountain at the entrance only adds to the ambiance.

Tip: Love collecting pressed pennies? There’s a Mexico Pavilion pressed penny maker in Plaza de los Amigos.



World Showcase only offers two rides right now. Mexico Pavilion has a fun one- Gran Fiesta tour Starring The Three Caballeros. The slow-moving boat ride lasts right around seven minutes, has a fun Three Caballeros theme. It showcases  Panchito and Jose Carioca while they go on a whirlwind chase through popular cites in Mexico looking for Donaldo.

The ride does offer a FastPass+ selection, but unless you’re visiting on a high crowd day, we never have a problem with the standby queue. 

Donaldo Duck at All-Star Music
You can find Donaldo for meet and greets at Mexico Pavilion at Epcot – but he also makes rare appearances at All-Star Music Resort!

Meet and Greets 

Outside to the left of Mexico Pavilion, Donald Duck has meet and greets throughout the day. He’s a very popular character and long lines tend to form very quickly, so if you’re adamant about getting his autograph, check the meet and greet times and jump in line early.

Need an easy guide to Mexico Pavilion at Epcot? Here's what you need to know fro dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Mexico Pavilion Fun Facts

  • The control room for Illuminations is at the top of the Mexico Pavilion Mesoamerican pyramid.
  • The pavilion is the first stop you’ll make when visiting the World Showcase and that was intentional- it’s to celebrate our friendly neighbor to the south.
  • The Mexico Pavilion opened the day Epcot opened- October 1, 1982.
  • Several folks try to climb the pyramid’s exterior every year. Please don’t try this! Not only is it dangerous, but you can get booted from the park by doing so.

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  1. […] And it was from that point that I began to visualize what a front porch fiesta would look like. It should have bright, primary colors. And it should have twinkly lights hanging from the ceiling, like when you go into  the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot. […]

  2. […] year, we actually had the pleasure of celebrating Dia de los Muertos at Mexico Pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World. My daughter loved […]

  3. […] a hunt for Donaldo (aka Donald Duck) on a slow-moving boat ride in the FastPasses on the Gran Fiesta Tour. During the ride you’ll see highlights of Mexico cities and float by […]

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