Date Night in Epcot's Mexico Pavilion
Mexico! When I think of Mexico I think of the Food, the Music, and the Tequila. All of these things can make for a fantastic night at Epcot's Mexico Pavilion in the World Showcase. Situated on the left hand side at the beginning of the promenade, the Mexico Pavilion beckons you for fun more than romance, but it still makes for a fantastic destination for your Disney Date Night.
Begin your night with a trip into the beautiful pyramid designed to reflect the Mesoamerican heritage of the country, you enter through an art gallery of fun and fantastical Mexican carvings where you can view the displays as well as purchase carvings to take home from an artists at work in the gallery. Every creature is unique and can make a wonderful souvenir if you find a match to your partner's personality. Walking further back into the temple, you find yourself in a charming village square caught in perpetual twilight.
Take a stroll through the marketplace carts and browse the wares of the merchants. A sparkling fountain sets the mood and you can hear mariachi music playing somewhere in the distance. There are a wide range traditional trinkets to buy and a storefront that offers some spectacular silver jewelry at reasonable prices.
Mexico's traditional table service restaurant San Angel Inn sits to the back of the pavilion with a bustling atmosphere, but if you can get a table on the water, it makes for a romantic view of this twilight paradise. La Cava Tequila is also inside the pyramid, and is a welcome place for escape from the afternoon sun. With a dedication to the fine art of spirits, La Cava Tequila offers a small appetizer menu to accompany a bountiful selection of boutique margaritas and premium tequila. After getting your drink on, you can slip back across the pavilion to ride Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros!
Outside once again you'll find a Mariachi Band playing and some more little shops that offer fun, traditional Mexican Souvenirs. Both La Cantina des San Angel and La Hacienda des San Angel are fairly new additions to the Mexico Pavilion, having just opened in 2011. These two locations serve up Mexican classics that we're all familiar with and some delicious Margaritas, but the most romantic part of these restaurants is all in the timing. With it's prime lakeside locations, both of these Mexican restaurants offer a stunning view of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, right from your table.
What do you find most romantic about the Mexico Pavilion? Is it the comfortable food? Do you love the sounds of the Mariachi? Leave me a comment below and tell me how Mexico has made magic for you and your love.