An exotic gem off the beaten path in the promenade of the World Showcase, Epcot’s Morocco pavilion lures guests in with mouth-watering flavors, sweet incense, intriguing rhythms, mystery, and overall delights. When this pavilion was first created, the King of Morocco sent over artisans to create the carvings and tiles that can be found throughout this area. Starting from the back of the pavilion, the architecture represents an ancient castle and transforms into more modern building structures as you wander to the front of the area. No matter what section you are in, this pavilion is a welcome escape from the crowds of a busy World Showcase day, drawing curious guests in to its many charms. The next time you find yourself strolling by, stop in at the Morocco pavilion and enjoy these aspects of the desert oasis.
7. Princess Jasmine
Wander through the marketplace, and you’ve got a good chance of meeting up with the beautiful Princess Jasmine. Jasmine is lovable and friendly, ensuring great pictures and fun interactions. After all, the marketplace was where Jasmine first met her true love, Aladdin!
Even if you’re just passing by the pavilion and not exploring the area, you will hear the catchy rhythms of Moroccan music. The talented group of dancers and musicians perform a variety of traditional and contemporary selections. With their colorful costumes and upbeat music, it’s hard not to stop for a few minutes and tap your feet to the energetic tunes.
5. Spice Road Table Restaurant
A relatively new addition to the Morocco pavilion, this intimate restaurant offers an outstanding view of the World Showcase lagoon. The menu is Mediterranean tapas and offers small plates like hummus and olives, calamari, garlic shrimp, and Moroccan lamb sausage. Larger entrée portions include beef and chicken skewers, rack of lamb, yellow fin tuna, and a Mediterranean vegetable platter.
The wonderful shops in the Moroccan pavilion are set up like a Middle Eastern bazaar, with paths meandering from one stall to another. A variety of items may catch your eye, like handmade carpets, brass items, baskets, lamps, leather purses and wallets, and musical instruments. You can also browse through traditional clothing and jewelry.
3. Henna Artists
If you’re looking for a unique souvenir, consider a henna tattoo from the Morocco pavilion. Henna is a plant, and the dye used in the tattoos comes from the crushed leaves, along with a few other natural ingredients like water and lemon juice. Henna tattoo art is typically done on women; however, several designs are available for men. In the actual country of Morocco, henna tattoos are given to the bride the day before wedding ceremonies. There are modern or traditional designs to choose from, and the art will typically last for 7 to 10 days.
2. Restaurant Marrakesh
The Morocco pavilion has another table service restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, which is always on my list of must-dos. While the restaurant is tucked towards the back of the pavilion, there is a podium up front staffed with helpful cast members. Guests can peruse the menu, ask questions about the cuisine, and make a reservation. Perhaps due to the unfamiliarity of the menu, Restaurant Marrakesh is not as popular as some of the other eateries in the World Showcase. It’s usually very easy to walk up and get a table without an advance reservation. Guests in on the secret of this wonderful restaurant look forward to walking into a palace-like setting. Beautiful tile is everywhere and the remarkable interior perfectly complements the meal. Belly dancers perform on a small dance floor every hour, adding to the fun experience. The menu offers selections like couscous with lamp or chicken, beef and chicken rolls, and beef shish kebabs. If you have room for dessert, you can pick from delicious items like crispy bastilla, baklavas, and refreshing fruit salads.
Take time to soak up the ambiance and flavor of the Morocco pavilion, and you can’t miss the treasures that it offers. The lovely courtyard is lined with olive trees, banana plants, date palms, and citrus trees. A fountain completes the lush landscape. The Gallery of Arts and History displays exhibits of art, costumes, and interesting artifacts. A free tour of the pavilion, offered daily, highlights the culture and amazing architecture and is another great way to explore all that this incredible pavilion has to offer.