About Mike Ellis

Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever.

His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion!

Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for over nine years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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    Lee Beatens

    I love the ride with Donald and his two feathery friends! And the inside of the pyramid is amazing, I love the ambiance. Some day I hope to dine there. Nice post!

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Thanks for commenting, Lee! Perhaps we need to schedule a time to vacation together, and we can make that ADR for the San Angel Inn? My family isn’t so big on Mexican food, so if I tell them that we are meeting you and Karen perhaps they’ll humor me…if not, I’ll just be that proverbial 3rd wheel on your date night with your wife! :)

      Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!


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    Rosanne @ What's the Point?

    Great post, Mike. Mexico has always been one of my favorite pavilions. I do love La Hacienda, and the windows are spectacular. On our past trip we got a last minute reservation at San Angel and it was terrific, so much better than I remembered. You’re welcome to dine with us whenever you’d like (if Lee’s family isn’t in town!).

    • Mary at Capturing Magical Memories – Houston, TX – Hi! I'm Mary and my blog is I am also the wife of a Disney Travel Agent, a mom to 2 boys, a full-time career mom, a budding graphic designer on the side. In the little free time that is left I love to learn about photography. We currently live in Houston, TX and own Disney Vacation Club.

      Good to hear of the changes at San Angel Inn. Last time we were there it was less than stellar but the ambience makes me want to give it another try.

  3. Patricia

    I’ll never forget my youngest shutting down this ride because he would not keep his hands out of the water. He’s 15 now and we still tease him about his first ride at 4.

  4. Heidi

    When we first visited Epcot, back in 1988, I was so impressed with the ride because it reminded me of It’s a Small World. Of course, it has changed over the years, but my kids enjoy it. The Mexico pavilion is a favorite because it’s almost always the first one that we visit! I’ve always enjoyed walking into it, doing the Kidcot Fun Stops, riding the ride, exploring the shops . . . It’s just so much fun! I have yet to eat inside either, though – we’re also not huge Mexican fans. We ate outside last year, though, and the nachos were pretty darn yummy!

  5. dadfordisney – Upstate NY – Hello and welcome to the Dad For Disney Blog. I'm Tim Brooks and I live in upstate NY with my wife of 19 years and our fourteen-year old daughter. I spent the early part of my career out of college working in sports information at the University of Delaware and then Allentown College. After leaving Allentown College, I did some freelance work and then taught sports management at Lehigh-Carbon Community College and then The College of St. Rose when we moved to upstate NY for my wife’s career. After my wife gave birth to our daughter, I decide to stay home with her and put my career on hold. Now, that she is ten years old, I volunteer at her school while keeping the house in order and writing my WDW planning guide tentatively named "Walt Disney World for Tweens and Teens". Dad For Disney and the Dad For Disney Blog is in no way part of, endorsed or authorized by, or affiliated with the Walt Disney Company or its affiliates.

    Another one of my favorite pavilions. Home of our favorite EPCOT attraction, The Gran Fiesta Tour, then go visit Donald and mock him for not wearing pants. :)

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    Cindy Howell

    The Gran Fiesta Tour is a must do for me every trip. Plus, on a hot day, this is the most wonderful World Showcase pavilion! :)

  7. Rolling with the Magic – Melissa is a Disney enthusiast who writes about her experiences at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and on the Disney Cruise Line from the perspective of a wheelchair user. She started her blog, Rolling with the Magic, to not only share her love for all things Disney but to give tips and advice to others who visit the Disney Parks with physical limitations.

    I love the Gran Fiesta Tour! I’m really excited about seeing the new animatronics at the end on our next trip. It’s nice that so much of this pavilion is located inside. It’s a great spot to escape the rain and the heat!

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      I don’t think I knew about the new animatronics, Melissa! Thanks for letting me know, I need to get us back there sooner rather than later! It’s hard to believe that it’s been 21 months since we were at Walt Disney World!


  8. Jerusha (@TheDisneyChef)

    I’m strangely obsessed with the Gran Fiesta Tour… Seriously, I ride it at least 10 times each trip. And San Angel Inn is my faaaaaaavorite resteraount in Walt Disney World! Now I’m feeling so homesick for Epcot. :( – Jerusha,

  9. Kimberly * theParkWorld – Kimberly has been a frequent visitor to the Disney parks ever since her first visit as a child. She loves learning about Disney trivia and history. Kimberly can often be found searching for hidden Mickeys everywhere she goes, not just in the parks. She also enjoys listening to Disney parks music any chance she gets.

    I love the Mexico pavilion! The boat ride is so much fun! I’ve been known to ride it over and over again, and stop and watch the glass blowers for a while in between rides. I could seriously watch them all day! They are so talented!

  10. KImberly K

    I love this pavilion. It’s an especially great respite on a hot summer day. It’s so great that it’s all indoors! A couple of visits ago, I introduced my son to San Angel Inn and now he asks to eat there every visit. Of course, it’s a must to do the Gran Fiesta Tour!

  11. Jennifer Kaufman – Cincinnati, OH – Jennifer is a musician, photographer, Disney aficionado, organizing junkie, wannabe runner, writer and - most importantly - wife of an amazing husband and mom of three incredible kids five and under. Her heart is for helping people be real - honest with themselves, honest with one another, intentional in communication and supportive of those that cross their paths in life.
    Jennifer Kaufman

    Well, great! I just posted elsewhere that France was my favorite pavilion as far as atmosphere, but now I’m torn. I am such a huge fan of all things World Showcase! :)

    One of my fondest memories is when my girls were toddlers and we spent probably an hour just hanging out inside the Mexico pavilion playing instruments. When the Gran Fiesta Tour opened (from El Rio de Tiempo) I was immediately a fan, and think that anyone who disagrees probably just hasn’t seen (or doesn’t know the history of) Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros. And who doesn’t love La Cava?! :)

  12. Bibbidi Bobbidi Booze – New York, NY – A 20 something New York-er with a love of all things Disney.

    I love the Mexico Pavilion! It’s a great place to get out of the heat for a bit, and I am a fan of the Cava De Tequila, which doesn’t hurt things. :) I also think that Fiesta Donald, as I’ve taken to calling him, is one of the cutest looks for a Disney Character of all time!

  13. distherapy

    Some of our most lovable family memories were made at this pavilion and San Angel Inn. Photos with Donald Duck, listening to Los Tres Reyes Magos during the Christmas holidays, climbing the pyramid, my kids love this spot. (Now to figure out how to say “unforgettable” in Spanish!)

  14. DisneyMamaLin – Lindsey Leffel is a professional Travel Agent, and High School Teacher. She has been working in the travel industry since the summer of 2008, and specializes in Disney Vacation packages, Cruises, and family travel. She is a member of KHM Travel Group, a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge Travel Agent Training Program, an Expert Agent with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and has extensive training in all travel types. An avid traveler herself, Lindsey loves Walt Disney World, and cruising the Caribbean.
    Lin @ DisneyMamas

    My 6-year old loves Gran Fiesta Tour, and I love that there is never a wait! Overall, I enjoy the atmosphere inside the pyramid and enjoy spending time inside and out of the sun!


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