The Morocco pavilion at Epcot was the first of the World Showcase pavilion expansion, and we sure are glad Disney decided to include it in the World Showcase. It’s one of the most beautiful pavilions at Epcot and definitely one you need to explore and fully experience. Here are 7 things you will love about Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion.
The shops at the pavilion are set up like a bazaar where you can easily wander through archways from one shop to the next. You’ll find you’re surrounded by beautiful rugs, ceramics, brass plates, mirrors and clothing. There are handmade goods available, and even food items like couscous and rose water. The atmosphere here is so immersive that you’ll forget about the world that lies beyond the marketplace in Morocco. It feels as if you’ve actually been whisked away to Morocco, where you just might run into Aladdin and Abu around the corner!
6. The Koutoubia Minaret
One of the major focal points in the design of the Morocco pavilion is a replica of the Koutoubia minaret in Marrakesh. A minaret is an architectural feature of mosques. One of its uses is to provide a vantage point from which the call to prayer is made. It is the tower-like structure that stands tall above the pavilion. The Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be seen from the pavilion so the back of the attraction was designed to blend in with the architecture of the minaret. The Moroccan government was very involved in the construction and design of the pavilion and even sent an official from Morocco to aid in the design of the minaret. The minaret is a great example of the dedication that Disney has to getting that feel of authenticity that they are so well known for.
Baklava is one of the best desserts found in the World Showcase. It is layers of phyllo pastry with crushed nuts and honey or syrup layered throughout. It is delicate, flaky, sweet and absolutely divine! It’s not difficult to find in Morocco, as it is available at Tangerine Café, and at both Restaurant Marrakesh and Spice Road Table where they offer an assortment of baklavas for dessert. You can choose to share, or devour them on your own!
Everywhere you look here there is color! And so much of that color is found in the form of the mosaic tiles that adorn the walls and archways throughout the pavilion. King Hassan II actually sent Moroccan artisans to design and create, by hand, the many mosaics in the pavilion. Next time you’re in the Morocco pavilion take in all the intricately designed mosaics and imagine placing those tiles all by hand! The pavilion itself is truly a work of art to be admired.
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3. Aladdin and Jasmine
This is the place to meet one of Disney’s most beloved couples, Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. What better place to meet Aladdin and Jasmine than in a marketplace much like the one they met at for the very first time? Disney goes above and beyond with their character meet and greets, so you’re sure to have a memorable and personal interaction with Jasmine and Aladdin, and some beautiful pictures too!
2. Tangerine Café
If you want a filling and delicious quick service option, look no further.
A trip to the World Showcase is not complete without a stop at Tangerine Cafe, even if it’s only for some baklava. The atmosphere at Tangerine Café is lively, but you can also find a quiet spot in one of the little dining rooms, or head outside to eat on the patio, or find your own cozy corner near the marketplace. The food here never disappoints. They serve mouth-watering lamb and chicken shawarma and their falafel wrap and tabouleh are also top notch.
1. Restaurant Marrakesh
Sharing a meal with your friends and family is one of the best ways to experience and learn about another culture, and Restaurant Marrakesh is a wonderful place to do this when visiting the Morocco pavilion. This restaurant has it all, beautiful surroundings, entertainment, wonderful service, and delectable food that will appeal to all palates. Their roast lamb and shish kebab are popular menu items, but if you are unsure of what to order, why not try the Taste of Morocco – The Berber Feast, it has a little bit of everything and is perfect for sharing.
To dine at Restaurant Marrakesh is like dining at the Sultan’s palace. This place exudes elegance and beauty in the carefully crafted architecture, in the plaster carvings, the silks and tapestries that are hung and the chandeliers that hang above cast a soft light upon diners. Musicians or belly dancers may also entertain you while dining which only adds to the dining experience making it a memorable one.
These are just a few of the things to love about the Morocco pavilion. Like the other pavilions at Epcot, the Morocco pavilion showcases a beautifully rich culture and you won’t be disappointed if you the take the time to explore what it has to offer.