Confession time. We have been on 3 cruises with Disney prior to our most recent and we had never booked an excursion. I always had some excuse but the truth is I was nervous. The whole process of getting off the ship and trying to get to a destination gave me anxiety. But I decided it was time to conquer my nerves and give one a try. And I am so glad I did! The Discover Mexico Park and Tequila Experience was so much fun. Here’s a little about the accessibility we encountered, our experience, and what you should expect.
The Pier and Port in Cozumel
When you visit Cozumel you don’t have to worry about tendering. The ship pulls up to the pier and a ramp is put in place. The ramps tend to be pretty steep so you’ll need some help if you are using a wheelchair. I like to go down backwards since it makes me feel a little more secure.
The port itself is nice and flat. Everything is concrete so it’s easy to get around. If you don’t want to pay for an excursion and just want to walk around a bit this is a great port for that. There are some shops directly across the street or you can grab a taxi.
Our group for the excursion was small so we could all fit into a van. There is only one taxi company in Cozumel and they have several ramp vans. The van was really nice and it was easy to use.
Accessibility at Discover Mexico Park
The Original Tequila Experience by Jose Cuervo© takes place at Discover Mexico Park. It’s about a 5 minute drive from the port. It’s worth visiting even if you don’t do the tequila experience.
Everything at the park was accessible and easy to get to. There were ramps in place in every building. Our tour guide was also very helpful and proactive. For example, the tequila tasting room is set up with high top tables and chairs. He made sure there was a table in place that was shorter and I could easily use. I didn’t go into the restrooms myself but I was told there was an accessible one. You are also in air conditioning a lot of the time which is really nice!
- The video experience has wheelchair seating at the top of the theater.
- Museum of Popular Mexican Art – there are ramps inside and it is very easy to navigate.
- Dioramic Garden – The walkways are paved and flat
- Discover Mexico Snack Restaurant – This is an outside buffet that serves tacos. The buffet is low so you can see everything. They prepared it for us so I didn’t have to worry about reaching or carrying anything.
- Margarita Center – all of the tables here were high but we didn’t spend too much time in this area. The margaritas are tasty though!
The Original Tequila Experience by Jose Cuervo©
The Original Tequila Experience by Jose Cuervo© was the excursion that we booked through Disney Cruise Line. It was marked as fully wheelchair accessible so I figured it would be great for our first one.
First we headed to the Tequila Tasting Room to try different types of Jose Cuervo. We sampled Blanco (white), Reposado and Anejo (aged) tequilas. And at the end we tried a small sample of the Special Family Reserve (Reserva de la Familia). We learned a lot! We are from the south so knowing about bourbon and whiskey is almost a given. Along with tasting we learned about what makes a good tequila and the aging process.
After our tasting we headed into the gift shop. There was tequila of course but also a lot of handmade crafts. We were given plenty of time to look around and never felt pressured to buy anything.
Next up was the Museum of Popular Mexican Art. The museum showcases contemporary folk art from all over Mexico. And if you have watched the movie Coco you will see a lot of familiar items.
On the agenda next, margaritas! There is a small stand outside where they make them for the group. It was a nice pause in the tour to relax. After that we headed to the snack restaurant for lunch. There are tacos, several types of salsa, and sides like cactus (which I had never eaten before but it was really good.) Vegetarian/vegan options are available.
After lunch we walked through the Dioramic Garden. It features miniature replicas of pyramids, like the Kan pyramid in Chichén – Itzá, and other monuments and cathedrals. Pre Hispanic, Colonial and Modern architecture are all on display. It was fun learning about the history of these sites.
Our tour ended with a performance by the Papantla Flyers. These dancers re-create a performance of the ancient “voladores” – a ritual dance where participants climb a 30 meter pole. They then launch themselves, tied only by their waist, toward the ground. It was amazing.
Afterwards we walked through the gift shop one last time before heading out front to wait for our taxi. We were taken back to the port and had enough time to explore what was around if we wanted. But we decided to head back to the ship.
Details on the Excursion
- Price – $63.00 per person
- What’s included – Transportation to and from Discover Mexico Park, admission into the park, tequila tasting, a margarita, and lunch.
- What to Bring – Sunscreen, hat and or sunglasses, credit card or cash for souvenirs and tipping, and your camera.
- Tipping isn’t required but we had exceptional service so we left tips for our guide and the people who prepared our lunch and margarita.
- Again, the tour is wheelchair accessible but you still need to contact Disney to make sure accessible transportation is available. Guests should notify Disney Cruise Line at (800) 951-3532, (407) 566-7000 (for international Guests), or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your voyage. We also stopped by the shore excursion desk on the ship to make sure.
Overall we had a great time. Everything was nice and accessible. I would definitely recommend this experience and would probably do it again if we are in Cozumel. We would love to hear about your experiences! If you’ve taken a wheelchair accessible tour on Disney Cruise Line let us know. And as always, if you have any questions leave a comment below or send us an email.