Our Favorite Things about Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion

One of the most beautiful pavilions in Epcot's World Showcase is Morocco. The pavilion might not have an attraction like a ride or a film but that doesn't mean you should breeze past it on your travels around the world. It's definitely on our list of must-visit locations at Epcot.

What do you love about the Morocco pavilion?What do you love about the Morocco pavilion?

The Morocco pavilion opened in 1984 and was the first expansion pavilion that was added to the original World Showcase lineup. The pavilion is meant to represent three cities: Fez, Casablanca, and Marrakesh.

What makes the pavilion unique is that the design was actually guided by the King of Morocco to ensure its authenticity. Moroccan artists and designers were tasked to create and design many of the mosaics in the pavilion. And here's a bit of Disney World trivia: since the very top of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror can be from an angle behind the pavilion the top of that attraction was designed to blend in with the architecture of the pavilion.

Resturant Marrakesh in MoroccoResturant Marrakesh in Morocco

So what do we love about Morocco? Not surprisingly the food is a big draw. One of the best quick service restaurants in Epcot (and perhaps all of Walt Disney World) is located in Morocco. Of course we're talking about the Tangierine Cafe.

The menu features shawarma, wraps, and platters in addition to tabouleh, hummus, lentil salad and falafel. We're big fans of the vegetable platter and the lamb shawarma platter. Of course you'll want to save room for dessert. For us, it's always Baklava.

Chicken Shawarma at Tangierine CafeChicken Shawarma at Tangierine Cafe

And as great as the food is, the Tangierine Cafe is also a gorgeous spot to visit. From the chandeliers to the iron work to the tiling along the countertops, there's a lot to take in. And you really should take it all in. You'll also find ample seating areas inside and out.

The pavilion is home to two table service restaurants: Restaurant Marrakesh and Spice Road Table. If you find yourself at Epcot without an Advance Dining Reservation a good spot to visit as you'll often be able to be seated without a reservation. You'll enjoy traditional Moroccan food and entertainment here and you're practically guaranteed a great meal.

Stuffed Grape Leaves from Spice Road TableStuffed Grape Leaves from Spice Road Table

Spice Road Table
is another favorite spot thanks to the gorgeous decor, waterside seating, and great food. The menu features tapas size plates and full entrees and has been accepting Advance Dining Reservations and the Disney Dining Plan for nearly a year now.

Once you've dined your way through Morocco you'll want to take some time to visit the rest of the pavilion. You might not realize it but the pavilion is actually divided into two sections: the Medina (old city) and the new city. The areas are separated by the Bab Baujouloud Gate.

Bab Baujouloud Gate in the Morocco pavilionBab Baujouloud Gate in the Morocco pavilion

As you tour the pavilion you'll want to stop in The Gallery of Arts and History to gaze at the displays of traditional jewelry, body art, and textiles. There's also a great selection of shops including The Brass Bazaar, the Berber Oasis, Casablanca Carpets, and Tangier Traders. Guests will also find the Jasmine and Aladdin meet-and-greet location in the pavilion.

The Morocco pavilion is a great spot to spend some quality time the next time you're in World Showcase. We highly recommend visiting when you're hungry so you can dine in one of its great restaurants. You won't be disappointed.

What's your favorite part of the Morocco pavilion? Let us know in the comments.

Many thanks to the Disney Food Blog for use of their photos.

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