Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion (With Attractions, Dining, and Characters)
This article delves into the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot. First, we’ll go over things to do in the Morocco Pavilion. Then we’ll discuss dining, shopping, and a character meet.
As we continue our pilgrimage to each country in the World Showcase, we find ourselves in the Morocco Pavilion. We are hopping there directly from the Mexico Pavilion because we have a few long overdue updates.
Unfortunately, Disney was forced to take control of the pavilion’s management a few years ago. Therefore, some of our favorite shopping destinations in the pavilion are permanently closed, and two of the pavilion’s restaurants have yet to reopen.
On a positive note, there is still a good deal of sightseeing in Morocco. It’s a bit of an oasis full of wonder and culture. Hopefully, we can add cuisine to that statement again in the future.
In the meantime, let’s put those belly-dancing classes to good use as we shimmy our way through the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot.
This article was updated on January 26, 2023.
Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion
Guests who take the time to wander inside Epcot’s Moroccan Pavilion will likely gain a sense of wonderment. Here are the things you can expect to find in the pavilion:
- Koutoubia Minaret Tower
- Bab Boujouloud Gate Replica
- Fez House
- Gallery of Arts and History
- Meet Princess Jasmine in Morocco
- Atlas Fusion
- Tangierine Café (Currently Flavors of the Medina)
- Spice Road Table
- Oasis Sweets and Sips
- Restaurant Marrakesh (Currently Closed)
- The Brass Bazaar
- Casablanca Carpets
- Marketplace in the Medina
- Tangier Traders
Morocco’s Pavilion has a wealth of architectural elements. Perhaps the most notable mention is the Minaret Tower.
Minaret Towers are common in Morocco and remind the faithful to pray multiple times daily. Morocco’s prayer tower is visible throughout the different countries of the World Showcase.
Another reference is the Bab Boujouloud Gate replica. This ornate gate connects the western entrance to the old city of Fez in Morocco to the Ville Nouvelle (new city).
Here is the other side of the gate at the front of the pavilion. Often, there’s a PhotoPass photographer in the area to take photos of guests by the fountain.
Past the gate, you’ll see the entrance to the Fez House. It’s designed to represent a typical Moroccan home and features intricate tile work.
This is an exquisite area of the Morocco Pavilion. I have found myself inspired here many times over the years.
You can often wait for a few minutes and get photos without anyone in them.
Don’t forget to look up. The hand-carved wood is stunning.
Gallery of Arts and History
Morocco’s Pavilion has one attraction. It’s a small walk-through museum currently hosting an exhibit called Race Against the Sun: Ancient Technique to Modern Competition.
You’ll find the exhibit on the left-hand side at the front of the pavilion. Two large stained glass doors provide the entrance and exit.
Inside, you’ll find various displays detailing racing history in Morocco from ancient times to the modern day. Techniques once used for survival are now part of friendly competition.
Related: Race Against the Sun (Gallery of Arts and History Exhibit)
Princess Jasmine Character Meet
Princess Jasmine from Aladdin meets inside the Morocco Pavilion. She meets inside Lamps of Wonder intermittently throughout the day.
Most of the character meets in the World Showcase last until approximately 4:30 p.m. However, they do change seasonally. So make sure to check the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit for exact times.
Related: Meet Princess Jasmine at Epcot
On the outskirts of the Morocco Pavilion, you might run into Atlas Fusion, a Moroccan band performance that often includes a belly dancer.
Their showtimes are posted on a sign near the stage. Additionally, they’re listed in the My Disney Experience app.
Here is a video of a recent performance. After the first minute, a belly dancer joins the stage and dances for the duration of the video.
Dining in the Morocco Pavilion
Unfortunately, dining options are lacking in the Morocco Pavilion as of this update. Formerly, we could enjoy Moroccan food at the pavilion’s quick service, Tangierine Cafe.
However, Tangierine Cafe is now serving as the booth for the various festivals at Epcot. For instance, at the International Food and Wine Festival, the booth had items like kebabs and Moroccan bread service.
Related: Morroco Marketplace Flavors of the Medina
Along the World Showcase Promenade, lagoon-side, we have Spice Road Table. This table service restaurant offers a pleasant view of the World Showcase Lagoon with interior and exterior dining areas.
Their menu has a variety of Mediterranean-style dishes with small plates and entrees. You can preview the menu below or here on Disney’s site.
If you’re looking for a taste of Morocco, this is currently your best bet. That fried calamari doesn’t sound too bad, either.
While it’s not a formal restaurant, Oasis Sweets and Sips sits out along the World Showcase Promenade next to a few of the pavilion’s shops.
They have a variety of Moroccan pastries available.
For whatever reason, I haven’t tried anything here. But I couldn’t help but notice the reasonable prices. So eventually, I’ll get back over that way to try a few bites.
Here is their menu.
Unfortunately, Restaurant Marrakesh remains closed at this time. Restaurant Marrakesh was a table service location that previously offered traditional cuisine and entertainment from belly dancers.
Lastly, a small bar is set up in the back of the pavilion, inside the former Tangier Traders.
This location offers snacks like roasted chickpeas, mixed nuts and dates, and Mediterranean olives. However, the cast member working here told me that the Sangria was the real deal at two for $21.00.
I don’t know much about Sangria, but he insisted it was a reasonable price for the made-in-house beverage. So you might consider it if this is something that interests you.
Shops in the Morocco Pavilion
Morocco has several shops to browse. However, the former open-air marketplace is now mainly a seating area.
Baskets hang from the top of the ceiling.
Everywhere you turn, there’s a burst of color.
Other than the lack of merchandise, the Morocco Pavilion is still stunning.
Henna artists are available in the pavilion.
They were nice to pose for a photo.
Guests can choose a design from one of the books. Prices vary based on the intricacy of the design.
According to the signage, Henna lasts 1-4 weeks, depending on how well you care for it.
Around the corner, a few rugs hang from the wall.
A pressed penny machine sits in the corner.
These days pressed pennies cost $1.00 for one coin, and the machine provides the penny. These are the available designs.
One store is open toward the lagoon side of the Morocco Pavilion.
Inside, there was a selection of Princess Jasmine merchandise and a few other purses. But there wasn’t any of the leather goods or jewelry that used to be displayed.
However, these Abu plush were kind of cute.
Hopefully, before long, we’ll see a better selection of merchandise and more dining options return.
Lastly, Morocco’s KidCot table is next to the Fez House. Kidcot offers a free activity in each country for children.
It’s a great way to get your children involved in exploring the World Showcase.
Final Thoughts on Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion
Make sure to allow plenty of time to explore the Morocco Pavilion on your visit to the World Showcase. This special stop is genuinely an oasis worth exploring.
As we continue our tour of the World Showcase, we’ll stop at the following countries:
Related: Epcot Attractions List
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In the Comments
As for the Morocco Pavilion, I always look forward to spending time there. Between the bright pops of colors in the market and the intricate details of the Fez House, there’s much to see and do here. What do you love about the Morocco Pavilion?