The final stop on your circuit around the lagoon is Mexico. Everything to see is inside the faux temple, which contains the zócalo of Plaza de los Amigos and a faux river (for the Gran Fiesta Tour ride), a faux volcano, and a faux night sky strung with lanterns. The Mexican Folk Art Gallery now hosts Remember Me: La Celebración del Día de Muertos, an exhibition on the traditions of the holiday Coco is about. Inside the La Tienda Encantada shop, look for Alba Hernandez Santiago, who trained in Arrazola, the most important Oaxacan town for the craft of hand-painted Oaxacan woodcarvings. She has been in this pavilion since 2002 and works Tuesday to Friday; her equally talented brother Marco and daughter Veronica take over on other days. Listen for the terrific Mariachi Cobre, which has performed here since the park’s opening day. There’s also a crystal and glass shop with glass-blowing demonstrations.
Influences: A diplomatic mix of Mayan, Toltec, Aztec, and Spanish styles.
Fun stuff to Buy: Maracas ($6 each), Oaxacan woodcarvings (from $18), piñatas (from $10), hand-painted pottery skulls ($25), glass margarita goblets ($17), and sombreros ($17). At the dusky La Cava de Tequila, knock back 200-plus types of the house liquor or a designer margarita ($11–$250), but it’s faster to grab a frozen one ($12–$15) at the Choza de Margarita kiosk outside, and stroll with it.
Entertainment: Mariachi Cobre
Character greeting: Donald Duck