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The Moroccan Pavilion is designed to look like a Moroccan city with a realistic Minaret (tall building with a conical crown). It is the only pavilion in which the country's government aided in the design. Morocco was not part of the opening day World Showcase but was the first expansion pavilion to be added, opening on September 7, 1984. The pavilion is filled with amazing, intricate architecture and fountains.
Guests to the pavilion learn about the lifestyle and culture of the Moroccan people through the Gallery of Arts and History. The Fes House, shows guests a typical Moroccan home. North African plants are found all throughout the pavilion, including citrus trees, date palms, and olive trees.
Entertainment in the pavilion's courtyard includes Arabic fusion rock music performed by the band Mo'Rockin. A notable feature within the pavilion is Restaurant Marrakesh were guests are served traditional Moroccan fare, including roast lamb in Tajine, Couscous, and Harira soup. To round off the experience, there is a belly dancing performance for the restaurant guests.
Six shops adorn the pavilion, selling patrons everything from rugs to leather goods, and traditional Moroccan clothing. 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. Morocco's 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. The Moroccan government also sponsors the pavilion, while corporations hold sponsoring rights on every other pavilion.
Of note: From the opposite side of World Showcase Lagoon the Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios can be seen setting behind the pavilion, because of this the top of the Tower of Terror is designed to blend in architecturally with Morroco's buildings.
Pics: Top Left--Morocco Pavilion with Tower of Terror in the background, Top Right--The band Mo'Rockin, 2nd Row--Morocco Pavilion fountains, 3rd Row--Morocco Pavilion Lanterns, 4th Row Left--Fes House, 4th Row Right--Decorative Doorway, Bottom Left--Restaurant Marrakesh, Bottom Right--Morocco Pavilion as seen from World Showcase Lagoon.