The pyramid outside beckons us to step in, and here the magic begins. It almost doesn't matter that the largely forgettable Gran Fiesta Tour is here instead of the elegant and mystical El Rio del Tiempo (see it again here or the amazing video on the showcase's creation here), this interior of this pavilion remains one of the most enchanting in all of Walt Disney World. Yes, the food at its signature restaurant, San Angel Restaurante, used to be great- anyone remember Queso Fundido?- but a margarita and a bowl of chips and salsa do just the trip for a mid-afternoon break.
Add a bit of shopping for colorful wares, great live music, a small museum at the entrance and now a tequilla bar. It all makes for a nice place to spend a moonlit evening, in the middle of a hot and sunny Florida afternoon.
(Photo copyright Mark Taft.)