Located between the France and Japan Pavilions in Epcot’s World Showcase is the Morocco Pavilion. This is a special pavilion as it is the only one which originally opened as sponsored fully by the Morocco government and not a corporation. The King of Morocco actually sent his royal craftsmen to lay all the tile work, carvings, and paintings in the pavilion when it opened in 1984!
The showcase re-creates the architecture and atmosphere of this beautiful and historical northern African kingdom. There are three Moroccan cities represented: Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakesh and the landscape is dominated by plants of economic importance, a reflection of the integral role agriculture plays in this country.
From across the World Showcase Lagoon, the Koutoubia Minaret, or prayer tower, can be seen towering over the pavilion! It is a detailed replica of the Katoubia Minaret that currently stands in Marrakesh. The Bab Boujouloud gate which divides the ville nouvelle (new city) and Medina (old city), is also modeled after a gateway in the city of Fez. Guests will also find an ancient working water wheel that irrigates the gardens of the pavilion.
As all of the buildings in Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion have great religious significance, no lights from the nighttime fireworks show on World Showcase Lagoon are allowed to be projected on to the Moroccan pavilion buildings.
Dining in Morocco
- Tangierine Cafe – A small open air cafe offering sandwiches, humus, vegetarian platters and desserts. Inside the Tangierine Cafe you will also find a Moroccan coffee and pastry counter.
- Spice Road Table – You’re invited to stop in on your adventure around the World Showcase Lagoon to savor Mediterranean small plates—like spicy shrimp, fried calamari, naan spreads and the Spice Road Table sampler—while absorbing the décor inspired by outdoor cafés from the Moroccan seaside. A “juice bar” serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is next to Spice Road.
Shopping in Morocco
- Souk-al-Magreb – Baskets, brass items, jewelry, leather.
- Casablanca Carpets – Handmade carpeting, textiles.
- Marketplace in The Medina – Baskets, wicker lamps, leather goods, furniture.
- Medina Arts – Woodcrafts, musical instruments, clothing.
- Brass Bazaar – Brass collectibles
- Tangier Traders – Clothing
Attractions and Entertainment in Morocco
- Gallery of Arts and History – Offering a display of the science, music and technology of Morocco. It also includes a replica dune buggy experience!
- Musical groups perform on the outdoor stage occasionally. Make sure to check the WDW Times Guide for details.
- Henna Tattoos – Available for a fee towards the back of Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion
- Kidcot Fun Stops – The Kidcot Fun Stops are located throughout World Showcase and offer kids the opportunity to create their own artwork and learn about different cultures. This Kidcot location is near Mexico Folk Art Gallery and features crafts inspired by traditional Mexican folk art in Mexico.
- DuckTales World Showcase Adventure –Explore the countries of World Showcase with an interactive scavenger hunt game with Scrooge McDuck. You’ll use the Play Disney Parks mobile app to find clues and trigger real-world special effects in the pavilions throughout the land. You might solve a mystery — or re-write history!
Disney Character Meet and Greet
Guests will find Princess Jasmine to take a picture with in the Morocco Pavilion. Sometimes, Aladdin even makes an appearance!
Morocco Pavilion Tips
- Did you know that Morocco and the United States have a very long relationship dating back to the 1700s? Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States as a separate nation.
- The Islamic religion prohibits artistic depiction of live objects; therefore, Muslim artists have developed a unique style of abstract design. Rather than plants, animals, and people often found in Western art, Islamic decoration consists of detailed geometric patterns represented in the tile walls and carved plaster of the buildings. These are easy to see as you walk through the Pavilion.
- Visiting during the holidays? Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays features storytellers in each country. In Morocco, a storyteller shares festival and holiday traditions.
- Visiting during Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival? It’s all about the Fruits and Spices in the Morocco Pavilion at this time of year! The highlights in Morocco include a sea of golden marigolds and the All Spice and Lemon All Spice trees.