Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park in Oaxtepec, Mexico has been updated and expanded, and is now open to the public. [Read more…]
After a long day of walking around the “world” at Epcot, guests now have the option to stay and unwind after the park closes instead of heading straight to the exit. [Read more…]
There’s a party set to happen from May 5 to 11 at Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion, and it’s going to be one big Fiesta! [Read more…]
A new restaurant and a rebuilt old restaurant, both under the same roof, are now open in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot. Overlooking World Showcase Lagoon, La Hacienda de San Angel is a 267-seat table service restaurant, while the reopened La Cantina de San Angel is now a 150-seat quick service restaurant. [Read more…]
You may have noticed a couple of decorated constructions walls in Epcot. The Italy Pavillion will be getting a brand new pizza restaurant and Mexico has torn down its outdoor restaurant for a major replacement.
Pizza in Italy
The Patina Restaurant Group, which already runs the Tutto Italia Ristorante in Epcot, is building an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria in the back of the Italy Pavillion. The 300-seat family-style pizzeria is inspired by Naples 45, another Patina Restaurant Group pizzeria in New York City. The new restaurant will feature wood-burning ovens representing Italy’s infamous volcanoes and use water from a source that most resembles the water in Naples, Italy.
The building that houses the restaurant is being built with a Florentine architecture. The 14,000-square-foot space will also feature vaulted ceilings and indoor and outdoor dining. The addition of the pizzeria will expand the piazza by 10,000 square feet. A name for the pizzeria has not been finalized. The Patina Restaurant Group operates 30 restaurants across the country. (Update: The pizzaria has been given a name – Via Napoli.)
More in Mexico
Over in the Mexico Pavillion, the lagooon-side Cantina de San Angel Restaurant has been completely torn down and is being rebuilt. Once open again this fall, the 12,000-square-foot restaurant will offer 400 seats. The space will be nearly four times larger than before. This will be Disney World’s first flex-service restaurant. Disney research has shown that guests prefer a quick lunch while spending a day at the parks and enjoy a nice table-side restaurant in the evening. As a result, the new restaurant will serve quick service meals during the day. Then, in the evening hours the restaurant will be converted into a table-side restaurant where reservations are recommended. About half of the seats will be indoors and half outdoor. The lagoon-side seats will be especially popular during the nightly IllumiNations fireworks show.
The indoor and outdoor eateries in Mexico are run by the San Angel Inn company. They’ve been providing Mexican cuisine to Walt Disney World guests for more than 25 years.
Both the Mexico and Italy restaurants should be open in time for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Plus new stores and menu
• A new 20 x14 merchandise kiosk, Good Fortune Gifts, recently opened in front of the China pavilion.
• By September, Givenchy will open a 300-square-foot shop at the France pavilion that will be the only retail location in the United States to offer the full line of Givenchy make-up and skincare products, as well as a large selection of Givenchy fragrances. Currently small selections of Givenchy perfumes are available in The Plume Shop.
• The Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room in the United Kingdom is offering a newly-updated menu. The restaurant features regional English cooking such as: Cottage Pies, Chicken Pies, Fish and Chips, Corned Beef Sandwich, Yorkshire Puddings, Mushy Peas, and more.
The newest addition to the Mexico pavilion at Epcot, La Cava del Tequila features more than 70 types of authentic tequila, ranging from the simplest to the rarest of them all, aged and made from distilled spirits from the agave plant. Tequilas range in price from $8 to $50 for a specialty tequila.
The addition features warm décor, art work and original artifacts all celebrating the Mexican heritage. A “Tequila Ambassador” is on hand to educate Walt Disney World guests on the history of tequila-making.
Along with tequila, margaritas are offered with a variety of flavored salts, spices and tropical fresh fruits masterfully prepared by experienced mixologists. Quick tastes, tapas style, are also available, including freshly made guacamole and ceviche as well as mahi mahi tostadas with diced mango and avocado and blue crab tostados with chipotle mayo and Valentina sauce.
The 30-seat La Cava del Tequila is open from noon until Epcot park closing time. It is connected to the pavilion’s main restaurant, the San Angel Inn.
The genuine Mexican cuisine of the San Angel Inn inside Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion will be joined by a variety of tequila flavors in La Cava del Tequila, which opens on August 28 next to the restaurant.
Guests visiting La Cava del Tequila will have the opportunity to enjoy over 70 types of authentic tequila from several major brands, ranging from the simplest to the rarest of them all, aged to perfection and made from the finest distilled spirits from the Agave Plant. A “Tequila Ambassador” will be on-hand to educate Guests on the history of Tequila making and its rich Mexican heritage.
Through the décor, art work, original artifacts and products served it will celebrate the heritage and tradition of Tequila making in Mexico.
Exotic and unique-blended margaritas will be served introducing a variety of flavored salts, spices and tropical fresh fruits masterfully prepared by experienced mixologists.
For those who crave Epcot’s annual International Food and Wine Festival year-round, a variety of quick tastes “Tapas style” will be available, including freshly made Guacamole, home fried Fresh Corn Chips , Salsas, Ceviches and Tostadas.