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Setting: Morocco is represented by architecture and monuments from three famous Moroccan cities. These include 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 World Showcase.
Morocco is the only state-sponsored World Showcase Pavilion and the country played an integral role 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 the nighttime spectacular.
Attraction Info: Morocco does not feature a ride or a film, but there are a great number of cultural exhibits to peruse around the Pavilion. For example, The Fez House is a replica of a typical Moroccan home, with beautiful tile work and authentic artifacts.
The “Gallery of Arts and History” is an authentic display of Moroccan history, technology, and accomplishment. Currently, the exhibit showcases the “Race Against the Sun: Ancient Technique to Modern Competition,” which highlights various races in Morocco. This includes the Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) and Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc (Rally of the Gazelles). Living in the Sahara is hard enough. Imagine being in a hurry.
On the Japan side of the Pavilion, a variety of bands perform throughout the year. These switch out fairly often, but each act offers a unique, entertaining opportunity to enjoy authentic Moroccan music.
Serving tasty Moroccan fare, Tangierine Café is one of the best values on the Disney Dining Plan. Out of pocket, it still presents a fantastic value with fresh, flavorful dishes that are typically large enough to share.
Restaurant Marrakesh offers freshly prepared Moroccan cuisine that’s heavy on couscous, beef, and lamb.
A belly dancer and live band perform intermittently inside the restaurant throughout the day.
Because the restaurant is kind of hidden in a windowless building in the back of the Pavilion, it’s almost always easy to walk up and get a table with a short wait, even without a reservation.
Marrakesh typically offers a lunch special that includes salad, chicken kebabs, and dessert. It’s one of the better dining deals in World Showcase.
Spice Road Table, offering picturesque views of World Showcase Lagoon, is the Morocco Pavilion’s newest restaurant.
While the restaurant initially offered only small tapas-size portions, it switched things up in December of 2014.
You’ll still find a variety of appetizers and small bites on the menu.
But the restaurant now offers larger entrees, like this chicken and steak mixed grill.
Whatever you’re looking for, Spice Road is an underrated destination, particularly in the afternoon when temperatures peak.
Drink Around the World:
The Moroccan refreshment stand serves a variety of slushie-style drinks. Originally, Disney referred to it as a “juice bar,” but it never really served juice.
The alcoholic options are actually similar to what you’ll find at the Mexico Pavilion. Cocktails include a margarita-type drink as well as a pina colada and daiquiri. They are more sugary than alcoholic with a cast member the typically pouring the alcohol first and then laying the non-alcoholic slush on top. Casa beer is also a Moroccan mainstay.
Inside Tangierine Cafe on the far left, you’ll find a pastry bar that serves drinks like mimosas and sangria, in addition to liqueurs.
Your best bet is grabbing a drink to-go from the bar inside Spice Road Table. Their full wine and cocktail menu is available and there are a few tables inside to stand around as you enjoy your beverages. You can pull up the menus for Spice Road Table and all of the Moroccan restaurants at DisneyWorld.com here.
Jasmine meets guests inside the Pavilion. Aladdin sometimes accompanies her.
Morocco offers six or so small shops with a great variety of unique merchandise and gifts in the open-air-like bazaar.
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.
Morocco also offers numerous less expensive items.
Morocco is a beautiful Pavilion with plenty to explore. Most guests pass by it in favor of more familiar destinations, but it’s at least worth walking through the shops and bazaar. Tangierine Cafe is among our favorite quick services, and Spice Road Table shouldn’t be overlooked for drinks and appetizers later in the day.