Orlando attractions

Morocco

The entrance to the Moroccan pavilion offers a reproduction of the 12th century prayer tower of Koutoubia Minaret. This carved tower is representative of the pride native artisans take in their craftsmanship. In fact, more native craftsmen assisted in the building of the Moroccan pavilion than in any country represented in the World Showcase and the Moroccan government was actually involved in its creation. Furthermore, the Morocco showcase is the only showcase at Epcot that is sponsored by its own government, rather than by a corporation.

 

Three of Morocco's cities are represented in the showcase, Fez, Casablanca, and Marrakesh. Carved plaster buildings and terra cotta tiles are located throughout the alleys and archways found in the Morocco pavilion. Known as the "jewel of North Africa," the Morocco pavilion displays more spectacular craftsmanship with the replica Bab Boujouloud gate to the Medina, which is the old city. Here, guests can experience a busy Moroccan marketplace, or bazaar.

 

The Ville Nouvelle, or new city, also contains the Moroccan National Tourist Office and the Royal Gallery. At the tourist office, guests can enjoy a three-screen slide show that demonstrates the lifestyle of Moroccan people and the landscape of Morocco.

 

Date palms, citrus trees, banana plants and olive trees surround the Moroccan courtyard. Inside, a fountain, which was inspired by the Nejjarine fountain Fez, can be found. Moroccan musicians can also be found in this area, as well as belly dancers and the acrobatic Houzali Troupe. The park guide map will provide performance times for these shows.

 

Constantly changing exhibits of Moroccan arts, costumes, and artifacts can be viewed in the Gallery of Arts and History and the Fez House displays representations of early Moroccan architecture. From the outside, this gallery looks as if it contains ordinary wood doors. Once inside, however, guests are treated to seeing beautiful stained glass doors.

 

"The Treasures of Morocco" walking tour is also available each day. This tour takes 45 minutes to complete, but is very educational and worthwhile. On the tour, guests learn about the history, culture, and people of Morocco.

 

Visitors of the Morocco showcase can sample Moroccan cuisine at Restaurant Marrakesh. Amidst Moroccan entertainment, including belly dancers, diners can choose from Bastilla appetizers, lamb dishes, coucous, shisk kabobs and chicken brochettes. The Moorish Café and Pastry Shop offers crepes and other Moorish pastries. In addition, visitors can enjoy specialty coffees and hot mint tea while here.

 

The Brass Bazaar provides shoppers with opportunities to purchase brass planters, pitchers, and pots, while the Tangier Traders offers fine leather belts, sandals, purses, fez hats, and clothing. Moroccan crafts, clothing, and instruments can be purchased at the Medina Arts and clothes, toys, brass items, baskets, leather, jewelry and Aladdin souvenirs can be found at the Berber Oasis. Casablanca Carpets sells hand knotted carpets and rugs, as well as textiles. In addition, the Marketplace in Medina offers a wide variety of souvenirs and other goods, such as straw bags, baskets, fine leather goods, wicker lamps, furniture, and sheepskin wallets.

 

Jasmine and Aladdin make daily appearances in Morocco. To say hello to a Cast Member, say salam alekoum (sah-LAM wah-LAY-koom). The hidden Mickey can be found on the gift shop's outside wall. Three baskets here are in the shape of Mickey.

 

All parts of the Morocco showcase are wheelchair accessible.