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The Morocco Pavilion is part of the World Showcase within Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. It was the first expansion pavilion to be added to World Showcase, opening in 1984.
The Moroccan Pavilion is designed to look like a Moroccan city, with a realistic Minaret. It features the Restaurant Marrakesh which serves Moroccan fare, such as roast lamb in Tagines, Couscous, and Harira soup. It includes the Gallery of Arts and History and the Fes House, an example of a typical Moroccan house. It has many shops with a Moroccan feel, selling such goods as rugs, leather goods, and clothing. The area is decorated with gardens and fountains to give a North African feel. Later in the evening, there is a musical show including a Belly Dancer.
Some of the major defining structures of the pavilion include Chellah, a replication of the necropolis in Rabat, and the Koutoubia, a replica of the minaret of the same name in Marrakesh. A replica of Bab Boujeloud, the gateway to the Fez medina leads you to a Bazaar area.
King Hassan II actually sent Moroccan artisans to design and create the many mosaics. Due to Islamic religious beliefs on the content of art, the mosaics contain no representations of people.
Characters from Disney's Aladdin can be seen throughout the park, such as Princess Jasmine, Aladdin, and the Genie.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at the nearby Disney's Hollywood Studios is clearly seen behind the Moroccan pavilion, yet it was designed in a way to look as if it is part of the pavilion and does not spoil the illusion.
Often throughout each day, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, and the Genie from Disney's Aladdin appear at the Morocco Pavilion to meet and greet guests and take pictures.
Mo'Rockin - Rock and roll music set to Arabian rhythms
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