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Morocco

Climbing high up into the sky is a remarkable prayer tower. Below a unique market place with hidden nooks and amazing finds.

Take a journey across the sands and discover a land full of rich colours and exciting entertainment. This land is divided into two sections. The old city and the new city, shop in the old style market or tour a modern art gallery.

You will recognise this pavilion as you approach the prayer tower, Koutoubia Minaret, which is a replica of the famous one in Marrakesh. The second tower is that of Berber Oasis and it is there you will find some of the crafts which make Morocco well known.

Next to Berber Oasis there is an ancient waterwheel lifts water from the lagoon to a formal garden. It's a relaxing, shady spot with colorful floral beds and the soothing sounds of splashing water flowing down wooden troughs. The scene re-creates a typical Moroccan desert garden.

The Medina, or old city, portion of the pavilion lets visitors experience the feeling of a bustling Moroccan marketplace. Shoppers browsing among the thousands of authentic Moroccan crafts will find straw baskets, woodcarvings, custom jewelry, leather goods, brass pots and much more.

The architecture in Morocco was studied for authenticity and artistic effect by King Hassan II, who took a personal interest in the pavilion. Moroccan government helped arrange for master artisans to create the detailed geometric patterns in the buildings characteristic of Islamic style and color. These artisans also supervised installation of the ornate woodcarvings and roofing tiles created in Morocco especially for the showcase.

A traditional fountain, inspired by the Najjarine Fountain in Fez, is a centerpiece in the showcase courtyard.

The Tangierine Cafe, housed in the Koutoubia Minaret, serves a variety of Moroccan sandwiches and specialty pastries.

Inside the arched columns, beamed ceilings and massive carved wooden doors of Restaurant Marrakesh, the guest dining experience is transformed into a setting typical of an elaborate Southern Moroccan fortress. Its rich tones and textures compliment the aroma and taste of Moroccan foods such as couscous (a coarse wheat, steamed and served with lamb or chicken), bastilla (a flaky meat pie) and lemon chicken with garlic, green olives and preserved lemon. Sweetened tea or a steaming cup of Moroccan coffee rounds out the meal. Adding authentic charm to the Restaurant Marrakesh experience, belly dancers accompanied by a Moroccan musician perform daily.


Morocco in the World Showcase at Disney Epcot


Morocco in the World Showcase at Disney Epcot


Morocco in the World Showcase at Disney Epcot


Morocco in the World Showcase at Disney Epcot

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