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    Victory Amah
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      Within Epcot at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, United States lies the Morocco Pavilion. The Morocco Pavilion is a Moroccan-themed pavilion that is part of the World Showcase and it was also the first expansion pavilion to be added to the World Showcase opened on the 7th of September 1984. This Pavilion is situated between the Japan and France Pavilions.

      This pavilion is designed to look like a Moroccan city with a realistic Minaret, and this is the only pavilion in which the country’s government aided in the design. The pavilion projects the lifestyle and culture of the Moroccan people through the Gallery of Arts and History.

      The Fes House replicates the typical Moroccan house. There are also North African plants inside the pavilion, this includes citrus trees, date palms, and olive trees; a fountain can also be seen.

      There are restaurants that cater to guests in the Moroccan style like the Restaurant Marrakesh and the Tangierine Cafe that serve Moroccan fare which also includes roast lamb in Tajine, Couscous, and Harira soup.

      Six shops grace the pavilion, selling Moroccan souvenirs to guests, these souvenirs include items ranging from rugs to leather goods, and also traditional Moroccan clothing. There are major structures in the pavilion which include Chellah, which replicates the necropolis in Rabat, and the Koutoubia, which replicates the minaret of the same name in Marrakesh. There is also a replica of Bab Boujeloud, the gateway to the Fez medina, which showcases early architecture and leads you to a Bazaar area. The flower-filled courtyard is purposed for entertainment which also includes an exotic belly dancing show, Moroccan music performed by Moroccan musicians, and incredible acrobatics of the Houzali Troupe. “Race Against the Sun” an ancient Technique to Modern Competition” exhibit that highlights the Marathon des Sables and the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc (Rally of the Gazelles), along with the history of the Berbers, the ancient inhabitants of the Sahara was recently added to the pavilion.

      The many mosaics were designed and created by Moroccan artisans sent by King Hassan II, this is evident in the supreme quality of the geometric patterns and mosaic art. These mosaics contain no representation of people due to Islamic religious beliefs on the content of art. Even though the corporation holds sponsoring rights on every other pavilion, the Moroccan government has always held sponsoring rights over the Morocco Pavilion until the 21st of October, 2020 when Disney took ownership of the pavilion.
      The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood studios can be seen at an angle from the pavilion and the top of this tower is designed to blend with the Moroccan architecture.

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