Disney Adds New Updates to EPCOT’s Mexican Pavilion

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Walt Disney World Resort’s EPCOT Theme Park is home to four neighborhoods: World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature, and World Showcase.

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The World Showcase, in particular, sets EPCOT apart. This unique section of the park allows visitors to travel to 11 countries – Canada, UK, France, Morocco, Japan, The American Adventure, Italy, Germany, China, Norway and Mexico – without ever leaving central Florida.

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The World Showcase is a unique experience for visitors to Walt Disney World of all ages, whether you choose to ‘drink around the world’ or teach your children the importance of understanding other cultures – the Walt Disney vision. for a place where people can travel the world by jumping from one pavilion to another is still unique today.

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Now, it looks like Walt Disney World Resort is about to update one of the most popular World Showcase countries. A building permit for the work of the Mexico pavilion has recently been filed.

The permit is for “General Construction” by New Horizon Construction Services, which can mean anything from minor updates to a major overhaul. Some guests might even hope for the long-awaited rumor coco (2017) retheme of the Gran Fiesta Tour ride – this is unlikely, however, since Disney has not announced any closures related to this permit.

Earlier today, it was announced that when EPCOT reopens on July 15, the World Showcase pavilions will no longer be occupied by international Cast Members.  The news broke on FOX 35 Orlando and was confirmed during a call from the Disney Cast Member Union.  The union representative acknowledged that international Cast Members will indeed not be present at Walt Disney World Resort during its initial reopening phase.  He said, “There won't be any international college program students anytime soon for the Frozen ride to EPCOT or the Ratatouille ride to France, or the Mexican boat ride.  All of these things will be handled by the employees of the domestic attractions when they open.  Now, however, there is good news for guests who enjoy chatting with Disney World cast members around the world and for international citizens who have always dreamed of working at WDW.  Mexico's Cultural Representatives Program, Norway's Cultural Representatives Program, and Germany's Cultural Representatives Program have all started accepting online applications for 2021. According to job descriptions on the Disney Careers website , the positions will have start dates between August 2020 and November 2020. indicates that the Walt Disney Company may intend to resume its college programs as soon as possible.  Disney describes the one-year Cultural Representatives Program on each job posting:
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In all likelihood, the permit refers to updates to the Mexican pavilion as a whole, and not to any particular amusement ride or restaurant. Nonetheless, it’s always exciting when a lodge gets a few refreshments to make it even more enjoyable for guests of all ages!

Learn about the Gran Fiesta Tour featuring the Three Caballeros

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The official description of Gran Fiesta Tour reads as follows:

Dónde Está Donald Duck?
Donald’s disappeared south of the border, and it’s up to the 2 other caballeros of the musical trio – Panchito, the Mexican charro rooster, and José Carioca, the Brazilian parrot – to find him.

Cruise down the Rio Grande on a dark boat ride past some of Mexico’s most famous landmarks and towns. Is it the missing mallard climbing a Mayan pyramid at Chichen Itza?

Hilarity and hijinks ensue as the birds chase after their wayward friend throughout this fun ride for all ages.

A very lively experience
Inspired by the 1944 Disney film The Three Caballeros, your adventure comes to life against a backdrop of live action footage, hand-drawn animation, and the film’s playful musical score.

What changes do you hope Disney makes to the Mexico pavilion?

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