Epcot World Showcase Best Kept Secrets – Morocco

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After enjoying an enchanted time with Belle and the Beast in France, or catching some street performers it’s time to head into a completely different world, Morocco! The land of Princess Jasmine, Aladdin and the Genie.

  • You can take a guided tour of the Morocco Pavilion, there is no charge and the times and availability vary. Just check in at the Tangierine Cafe (the tourism office) or ask any CM at the Markesh Kiosk. It’s takes about 20 minutes.
  • When Walt Disney World approached the king about joining the World Showcase, he was so thrilled he sent over his men to construct it and even paid for it. It did not cost Disney anything to build it. They brought back 19 designers with them from the king to aid in development.

  • Across from Morocco is an aqua-duct. They use it grow vegetables and plants. Most people will walk right on by without noticing it.
  • There is a prayer room made of “gold”. It is open to the general public and any CMs that want to use it.
  • During Illuminations when all the countries are lit up, they do not light up the temple here. I would violate their religious beliefs.
  • When walking through Morocco, stop and enjoy the beautiful tile mosaics throughout. You will notice that there are flawed, or broken tiles. This is not lack of Disney upkeep, it was planned that way. The Moroccans believe in that only Allah can create something “perfect” so they purposely use a cracked or flawed tile.
  • If you look on the Morocco Pavilion walls there are no animated drawings, only squares or other lines, because that is prohibited in Morocco.

Islamic style of art prohibits the representation of any living thing, which is why the designs are all geometric


  • In Morocco there is a room full of tiles, but it also holds something else. If you look up and listen closely there are hidden speakers to make it seem like you are in a real market. You can almost make out everything they are saying.

Have you ever wandered through the shops of Morocco and found  you had to take home with you? Get a chance to meet Princess Jasmine, Aladdin and the Genie? Did you get to dance the belly dancers? What did you think of the tile mosaics ? Join us next time as we explore the hidden beauties in Japan.

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  • Robin

    fascinating information- I didn’t know that about the art not being able to represent a living thing. I’m also going to look for the prayer room. I will say that Tangierine is my favorite Quick Service place to eat in Epcot.

  • http://twitter.com/ParisianDreamer Christina Struck

    Had the coolest thing happen to my daughter in Morocco! We visited in 2007 and had a cast member write ‘Happy New Year’ in Arabic in my daughter’s autograph book since it was near Christmastime, along with pictures to remember our time there. We visited again in 2012 and were purchasing a tea glass for my daughter with the help of the manager when I recognized the name on his name tag. I got out her autograph book and when he turned to finish helping us with our purchase, he exclaimed that he was the one who wrote in our book and he remembered us! It was such a wonderful surprise to see him — 5 years later! We took pictures again and he sent someone for his phone to take a picture as well. It was a lovely end to a day for my girl, who had been suffering with a migraine that day and was finally feeling better. Such a blessing.

  • cindioverstreet

    Sadly, we asked every cast member we found in Morocco about the free tour and only 1 knew anything about it and according to that CM they don’t offer the tour any longer. I hope this has been reinstated as Morocco is one of my favorite pavillons in EPCOT. Tangeriene Cafe is a must dine at every trip!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1605665256 Rosemary Krevy Chiacchia

    Morocco is one of our favorite WS pavilions, from the shops to the architecture to the restaurants, to the slushy tangerine drink to the wonderful band, Mo’ Rockin”!! It’s always a place for more than a passing glance!