Morroco Pavilion - Epcot
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Morroco Pavilion at Epcot
Epcot's Morocco pavilion is located between France and Japan and from across the World Showcase Lagoon you can see its Prayer Tower.
Morocco is the only country in World Showcase sponsored by the government and not a corporation. When the pavilion was built the King of Morocco specifically sent his royal craftsmen to lay all the tile work, carvings and paintings. There is an ancient working waterwheel that irrigates the gardens of the pavilion.
The showcase re-creates the architecture and atmosphere of this famous northern African land. The cities of Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakesh are all replicated.
Be sure to see the Treasures of Morocco. This is a free tour available throughout the day for those interested in learning more about Morocco. This 45-minute tour is extremely educational and well worth seeing. When we went we learnt all about the culture, history, and people of Morocco, as well as the reason for the Morocco Pavilion being in Epcot, with visits to the food market and Fez House.
It is easy to miss the Gallery of Arts and History. From the outside, the door looks like an ordinary heavy wood door. Behind it you will find a display of the science, music and technology of Morocco.
To the right of the Gallery is the Fez House, which represents a typical Moroccan home. There are fabulous mosaic tiles, carvings, and artefacts from daily life.
The Restaurant Marrakesh serves traditional Moroccan cuisine and live entertainment, including a belly dancer, and, during one of our visits we dined here.
Morocco and the United States have a long history dating back to the 1700s. Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States as a separate nation. Look carefully in the lobby of Restaurant Marrakesh and you will see letters from George Washington and the Moroccan King.
There were only three adults in our party that night and we opted to start with an Entrée leaving space for a dessert. Whilst Granddad had a Mediterranean Seafood Platter comprising shrimp ragout, broiled salmon and seafood bastilla Mother and I chose Lemon Chicken, which was delicious.
For Dessert Mother ordered Crepes Atlas, which was apple crepes with cinnamon topped with ice cream and almonds whilst I had Marrakesh Delight, this was a fresh fruit salad topped with mint ice cream and toasted almonds. Granddad although protesting he was not really hungry quickly thoroughly enjoyed a Bastilla made up of crispy leaves of pastry topped with vanilla cream and sprinkled with toasted almonds.
If you prefer a less formal meal try the Tangierine Café. This is a small open-air cafe offering sandwiches, humus, vegetarian platters and desserts.
At different times during the day in Morocco, Arabic and rock music is performed on authentic Moroccan contemporary instruments. It is also a good place to get photos taken with characters like Aladdin, Genie, and Jasmine.
Before you leave Morocco be sure to visit one of the collection of shops where you can buy baskets, brass items, leather, lamps and even carpets.
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