Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking you on a virtual tour of Epcot’s World Showcase.
Wandering around Epcot’s World Showcase is one of my favorite things to do at Walt Disney World. I enjoy speaking with the Cast Members from each country. It’s fun to practice my Spanish skills in Mexico and my German skills in Germany. My favorite pavilion to visit, though is Morocco.
On my first few visits, I will admit that I only gave Morocco a cursory glance. It seemed too exotic, too different for me to try, especially the restaurants. Once I really gave it a shot, though, I was hooked!
First, a little history. The Morocco Pavilion was not one of the original pavilions in World Showcase, but was actually the first expansion pavilion. It is the only pavilion in World Showcase whose country’s government sponsors the pavilion. All of the others are sponsored by corporations. The Moroccan government also aided in the design of the pavilion. King Hassan II sent artisans to Epcot to help create the many murals. The pavilion features a minaret (the tall tower) that can be seen from around World Showcase. This makes it a tremendous pavilion to just wander taking in the beautiful architecture and design.
While wandering the Morocco Pavilion, I can’t help but do a little shopping. There is everything from rugs to fezzes to jewelry. Living in Arizona, I have found that Moroccan clothing works great in our hot climate so I now own several blouses from this pavilion. I highly recommend them. They give full coverage from the sun yet are loose and light and cool. We also have lots of photos of my son in a fez. The smell in some of the shops is also amazing as they burn incense. It really gives a feel of being out of Walt Disney World and out of the United States.
For those looking for entertainment, Morocco has a couple of options. For character interaction, Aladdin and Jasmine make appearances for photos and autographs throughout the day. In addition, there is traditional Moroccan music and a belly dancer in Restaurant Marrakesh.
Speaking of Restaurant Marrakesh, we have now hit upon one of my favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. For those a little less adventurous, it’s easy to find things one would like such as chicken kebabs. I highly recommend trying something beyond that, though. For example, the beef brewat rolls are amazing. Cinnamon and sugar with beef sounds odder than it tastes. I also love the chicken bastilla. Speaking of which, I love the bastilla dessert and if you’re into iced tea like I am, you can’t go wrong with the mint iced tea. Reservations are highly recommended, but this is one restaurant where I have found that reservations can be made late and I’ve often been able to get a table on a walk up basis as well.
There are a couple of other great places to eat in Morocco as well. Spice Road Table is right along the water so has really great views of the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions as well as Spaceship Earth (the Epcot ball). My husband said his Rack of Lamb there was really good and I liked the Harissa Chicken Roll and Brie Fondue. In my opinion, this menu is a little less “exotic” than Restaurant Marrakesh so although it’s also more limited, from what I’ve seen, it is quite easy for less adventurous eaters to find something they like. Reservations are highly recommended here as well. For quick service, try Tangierine Café. It is a great place to pick up something to go like a Mediterranean Chicken Wrap or some hummus.
On your next visit to Epcot, spend some time in the Morocco Pavilion knowing that its government has provided visitors with some authenticity in the middle of Florida. Pick up some amazing home decorations, try out a new clothing style, and try some new food. It’s a great escape, transporting you to a faraway land.
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Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Green | Tour of Epcot’s World Showcase Loop:
- 1st Stop – Superheroes and Teacups | 3 Reasons to Love Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion
- 2nd Stop – The Disney Chef | Why You Need to Say Kon’nichiwa to Epcot’s Japan Pavilion
- 3rd Stop – Magical Memories with the Mouse | My Favorite Epcot World Showcase Pavilion – Morocco
- 4th Stop – DISTherapy | Italy Pavilion
- 5th Stop – Dad for Disney | O Canada!
- 6th Stop – Rolling with the Magic | Fall in Love with France in Epcot’s World Showcase
- 7th Stop – My Dreams of Disney | Mexico Pavilion
- 8th Stop – The Delightful Life | Epcot’s Norway Pavilion: the Past, Present, and Future
- 9th Stop – Bibbidi Bobbidi Booze | Come To Visit Mulan And Stay To Get Canto-Loopy: A Guide To EPCOT’S China Pavillion
- 10th Stop – Disney Mamas | Epcot Spotlight – Germany Pavilion
- 11th Stop – What’s the Point? | The American Adventure