Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Walt Disney World can be a fun way to learn about Mexico and its rich history and culture while you’re visiting the most magical place on earth. Here are six fun ways to pay homage to our neighbors to the south and learn about its people and their heritage while still infusing Disney fun.
Six Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Walt Disney World
Officially titled El Día de la Batalla de Puebla, the Mexican holiday is all about pride and a day to really honor the heritage and raices of the Mexican people. Commemorating a battle over the French in 1862, the unlikely win is still revered and celebrated.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. is becoming more popular with each passing year, and celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Walt Disney World is always a blast! I’m proud as a peach that my daughter is half-Mexican and giving her every opportunity to learn about her heritage is my pleasure and privilege.
From Mexican food and drink to becoming bilingual for a day, Walt Disney World has a fun take on the traditional Mexican holiday. Looking for ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Walt Disney World? Here’s six fun ways to get your fill of Cinco de Mayo at Walt Disney World!
1. Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion
Where else to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot? The first pavilion in the World Showcase in a clockwise direction, the pavilion was intentionally created first to honor our neighbors to the south. Epcot honors the Mexican holiday with a small, family-friendly celebration full of culture and history. While you’re there, head inside the pavilion where it’s always twilight and learn about traditional Mexican art, folklore, and even try on a serape or grab a set of maracas and play along with the ambient music.
2. Sing Along with Mariache Cobre
After a visit to the Mexican Pavilion, time your visit right and you and your family can sing along with Mariachi Cobre – Epcot’s mariachi band that fills the air around the pavilion with traditional folk music from Jalisco, Mexico. We love singing along and swaying to the fun, lively music and the band is more than happy to pose for photos after their set.
3. Practice Your Spanish with Popular Disney Announcements
How many times have you heard, “Por favor, manténganse alejado de las puertas” before the monorail starts moving and repeated the announcement in your best accent? My family is notorious for it (I actually speak the language) and what better day than to brush up on that high school Spanish that you took? If you really want to get the phrase down pat, t-shirts with the popular announcement can be purchased in Epcot.
4. Have Your Photo Taken with Donald Duck
Throughout the day, Donald Duck shows up at the Mexico Pavilion for meet and greet opportunities in his sombrero and serape and is always a popular Disney character. The line tends to be quite lengthy, so check the times guide at the park or log onto the My Disney Experience app for official meet and greet times and arrive early. Can’t make it for Cinco de Mayo? No worries, Donald Duck is at the Mexico Pavilion several times a day everyday.
5. Coronado Springs Resort
Coronado Springs Resort revolves around all things Mexican. Even if you’re not a guest, you can still drive over to the resort and enjoy delicious Mexican cuisine at Maya Grill- the resort’s in-house Latin fusion restaurant. Over 21? Rix Lounge is the spot to visit for margaritas. If you’ve booked a stay during Cinco de Mayo, head to The Dig Site where a 50-foot Mayan pyramid replica streams water into the Lost City of Cibola pool.
6. Take a Boat Ride with Donald Duck and Friends
Who doesn’t love that feathered friend of Mickey’s? Gran Fiesta Tour inside the Mexico Pavilion is one of two boat rides at Epcot and is a slow-moving ride through popular sites in Mexico including its capital, Mexico City. Donald’s pals, Panchito and Jose Carioca, are on a hunt for Donald Duck throughout the ride and footage from The Three Caballeros makes for a blast from the past.
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