Arabian nights, like Arabian days: Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion

In order to truly capture the intricate architecture, more native craftsman were used in the Morocco Pavilion than any other pavilion in World Showcase. The display of such detailed work is evident in all of the mosaic artwork that you will find here. Koutoubia Minaret of Marrakesh, a prayer tower of the 12th century mosque is represented at the entrance to the pavilion. If you have ever noticed that during IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, the Morocco Pavilion is not light during the show. This is out of respect fro the religious significance of the prayer tower. This again shows the attention to detail that the Walt Disney World® Imagineers are known for. Take in the beautiful terra cotta tiles or take in the unique shops at the bazaar. You can find a fountain inspired by Nejjarine fountain Fez surrounded by native plants such as citrus trees, olive trees, banana, and date palms.

 

Entertainment:

Matboukha Groove: a unique blend of North African, Moroccan percussion, Arabic, Mediterranean, and Latin rhythm make this group a must see!

Food:

Spice Road Table: This restaurant is one of the newest restaurants at Epcot’s World Showcase. Featured here are small plates of Mediterranean specialty dishes. You can also enjoy a selection of fine wine, beer, and organic sangria. The food is outstanding, but the view is even better. This restaurant is situated right on World Showcase Lagoon and provided excellent viewing for the nighttime spectacular,  llumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Make sure you plan well in advance as this is only one of three restaurants that offers lagoon views of the show. And don’t forget one of the perks of booking your Walt Disney World vacation with us is that we will help make all of your dining reservations and offer our tips and tricks at no extra charge to you!

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Restaurant Marrakesh: Great food with live entertainment! Enjoy beef, lamb, and chicken dishes while you listen to authentic Moroccan music with live belly dancers.

Tangerine Cafe: At this quick service restaurant, you can enjoy chicken and lamb shawarma, wraps, and salads

Shopping

Tangier Traders: fine Morrocan jewelry, tradional clothing and shoes, handmade daggers

Brass Bazaar: mosaic fountains, brass/wood/silver decorative plates and mirrors, ceramic tiles, native instruments, baskets

Medina Arts: traditional ceramic decorative plates

Casablanca Carpets: handmade carpets, glass latnerns, sconces

Souk-Al-Magreb: wind-chimes, couscous pots, Fez hats, Henna lamps, belly dancing instructional DVD’s

 

Special Note: When building the Tower of Terror, the Disney Imagineers had to take particular care when choosing a color scheme. If you look closely, you can actually see the top of Tower of Terror from the Morrocco Pavilion. It truly is amazing how much thought is taken into every detail. The colors and scale blend together so well you wouldn’t even notice it. Make sure you check this out the next time you visit Epcot.

 

 

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