Rare Finds: Photo tour of 'Animales Fantasticos' at Epcot Mexico pavilion
Rare Finds is a column showcasing some of the beautiful and unique things you'll find at Disney World that are a little off the beaten path. Today's photo tour takes us to a very special exhibit inside the Mexico pavillion in Epcot.
Welcome to Animales Fantasticos!
The story here is about the Oaxacans, from a region of south Mexico bordering the Pacific. It's said that magic and reality coexist for the Oaxacans, and myths and folktales are a big part of their culture. (Sounds very Disney to us!) Artists draw on these traditions to create the Animales Fantasticos, or Nahuals -- mythical humans that turn into animals after midnight (Sounds very Twilight to us, ha). Below is a diorama of the Oaxacans artists at work.
And here's some of the beautiful animals in displays. These below have the more human-like faces.
While these have more of a traditional animal look.
And here's a lizard? A bird? We're not sure, but it's beautiful.
Here's a close up of some frogs -- such detail!
Below is an artist working in the exhibit. It's fascinating to watch these artists create the animals -- you can even watch one being made, and opt to purchase it.
Be sure to stop by the gallery on your next trip to the Mexico pavilion at Epcot! Buenos tardes!