Morocco

by josh on April 15, 2010

Pavilion Setting: Morocco is represented by architecture and monuments from three famous Moroccan cities – Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakesh.  Koutoubia Minaret, the focal point of the Pavilion, is a replica of the 12th century Marrakesh prayer tower that looks out over the World Showcase.  Morocco is the only state-sponsored World Showcase Pavilion and the country played an integral part in the design and construction of the buildings, gardens, and Bab Boujeloud arch.  The King of Morocco actually sent his personal craftsmen to construct and lay tile in much of the Pavilion, making this one of the most authentic areas in Epcot.  Because of the religious significance of many of Morocco’s buildings, lights are not shined on the Pavilion during Illuminations.

Attraction Info: Morocco does not feature a ride or a film.  Fortunately, there is still plenty to see and do.  The “Treasures of Morocco” is a 45-minute walking tour of the Pavilion.  Your guide will explain the history and culture of Morocco as well as go into detail about how Morocco’s master craftsmen built the Pavilion.  It’s an excellent and informative tour to do if you have time and interest.  In addition, The Fez House is a replica of a typical Moroccan home, with beautiful tile work and authentic artifacts.  Be sure to also check out the “Gallery of Arts and History” and “Moroccan Style: The Art of Personal Adornment” museums for a variety of authentic displays of Moroccan history, technology, and accomplishment.  All three of these exhibits can be casually experienced in about 15 minutes, so I would recommend checking them out as each is exceptionally well done.  Finally, check your Times Guide for “MoRockin,” which features live Moroccan music and the belly dancer from Restaurant Marrakesh.   They perform for free in the Pavilion throughout the day. 

Dining Options: The Tangierine Café is one of the best values on the Disney Dining Plan and serves tasty, authentic Moroccan fare.  Restaurant Marrakesh offers freshly prepared Moroccan cuisine and entertainment including a belly dancer and live band.  In addition, the Moorish Café and Pastry Shop serves a variety of pastries, coffees, teas, and other light snacks.

Drink Around the World: The Moroccan refreshment stand serves a variety of slushie-style drinks.  The options are similar to what you’ll find at the Mexico Pavilion and include a margarita-type drink as well as a pina colada and daiquiri.  They are more sugary than alcoholic.  The Tangierine Cafe also serves Casa Beer, brewed by Brasseries Du Maroc in Morocco ($6.99).  Casa Beer is a light-bodied American Lager that most people should enjoy, especially on hot days, though it’s similar to most generic macro lagers.

Character Sightings: Aladdin and Jasmine greet guests out on the promenade throughout the day.

Shopping Opportunities: Morocco offers six or so small shops with a great variety of unique merchandise and gifts.  Much of it is expensive, but it’s still fun to see the many handmade items and get a better sense of Moroccan style and culture.  The Fez hat is probably the most popular item and many visitors get a kick out of wearing them around the World.  I would highly recommend taking a few minutes to check out the craftsmanship of the items, even if you don’t have intent to purchase.

Overall Ratings:

Setting: 9/10

Attractions: 5/10

Dining: 8/10

Drinking: 4/10

Shopping: 7/10

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John June 13, 2011 at 2:45 am

The Moroco refreshment stand, according to my wife, offers the “best” iced coffee in Disney World. The others are terrible, she says, but the one on Moroco was great.

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Don January 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Ate at the new Spice Road Table last week. It has a nice selection of small plates that lend themselves to sharing. The shrimp dish was a little dull but the mussels and the lamb sausage were excellent. Fried calamari was also quite good. There was a unique selection of beers but our waitress’ description made most of them sound like light American lagers. I did the one darker lager which was from Turkey and it was okay.

Most of the seating is open but covered. There is a full bar indoors behind the hostess stand. I don’t think there is any draft beer.

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