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Epcot – World Showcase – Morocco
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There are 11 countries in the World Showcase, Morocco is the 8th if you are going clockwise around the lagoon.
It is all too easy to walk into Morocco’s pavilion, think there is not much to see, and then walk straight on by, thereby missing a wealth of both fascinating and quite beautiful features. In fact to really uncover all that is to be found in this pavilion you would be well advised to take the Treasures of Morocco tour – this 45 minute guided walk around the pavilion introduces you to the history, culture and people of this captivating country. The tour is free of charge and takes place regularly throughout the day.
The magnificent prayer tower dominates Morocco’s showcase. This tower is an identical replica of the Koutoubia Minaret that stands in the North African city of Marrakech. Architecture from two other cities, Casablanca and Fez, help create an authentic atmosphere.
It is said that the King of Morocco sent his Royal craftsmen to Epcot to lay the tiles, carvings and paintings. An interesting fact is that, Morocco is the only Epcot country whose Government was actually involved in the design and construction of the pavilion.
The Islamic religion forbids artists to depict living things, such as people and animals, the artistic style that has therefore developed is unlike any other, it is quite stylised with detailed geometric patterns both on the tiled walls and in the intricately carved plaster of the buildings.
The Gallery Of Art and History has some amazing artefacts and Moroccan costumes, these displays are regularly changed.
The Fez House represents a typical Moroccan home and you can see some beautiful mosaic tiles as well as items from daily life.
The "Restaurant Marrakesh" offer guests the chance to sample the exotic cuisine of Morocco whilst being entertained by the traditional belly dancers (who are happy to pose for photos). Bastilla appetizers (meat or seafood baked in a thin pastry with vegetables or almonds), traditional couscous, a number of lamb dishes, chicken brochettes and shish kebabs are some of the culinary delights offered here, don’t forget to try the Moroccan mint tea, it’s really refreshing on a hot day.
In the lobby of the restaurant you can see letters from George Washington and the Moroccan King.
There is a bustling plaza with various shops selling a multitude of souvenirs, from amazing Rabat carpets, leather belts and sandals, beautiful brass pots and for the “Tommy Cooper” fans this is the place to pick up a Fez!
Princess Jasmine and Aladdin appear daily, check at guest relations at the park entrance for times.
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