Morocco
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Guarding the entrance to the Moroccan pavilion is a reproduction of the Koutoubia Minaret of Marrakesh, a prayer tower of the 12th century mosque. The intricately carved tower reflects the pride in the craftsmanship that the native artisans took when assisting in the construction of the Moroccan pavilion. More native craftsmen were used in building this pavilion than in any other in all of the World Showcase. This is evident in the supreme quality of the geometric patterns and mosaic art found throughout Morocco. The warm terra cotta tiles and carved plaster buildings topped with green roofs amidst the winding alleys and stuccoed archways add to the charm of the "jewel of North Africa". More of the exquisite craftsmanship is found in the gate to the Medina (the old city) in a replica of the Bab Boujouloud gate. In the Medina, you will find the bustling marketplace or bazaar. The Ville Nouvelle (new city) has the Royal Gallery and the Moroccan National Tourist Office where you can see a three-screen slide show of the lifestyles and landscape of Morocco. The flower filled courtyard surrounded by citrus and olive trees, date palms and banana plants, includes a fountain inspired by the Nejjarine fountain Fez. In this area, you can hear Moroccan musicians, watch the exotic belly dancers perform or marvel at the incredible acrobatics of the Houzali Troupe. Check the park guide map for performance times. In the Gallery of Arts and History, you can enjoy the ever-changing exhibits of Moroccan arts, artifacts and costumes. Early architecture is showcased in the Fez House.

A walking tour of Morocco, "The Treasures of Morocco" is offered daily. The "
Restaurant Marrakesh" offers visitors a chance to sample the exotic cuisine of Morocco whilst enjoying Morocco entertaining. Bastilla appetizers (meat or seafood baked in a thin pastry with vegetables or almonds), traditional coucous, a number of lamb dishes, chicken brochettes and shisk kabobs are some of the culinary delights offered here.  The "Moorish Café and Pastry Shop" serves such delicacies as light crepes and Moorish pastries in addition to hot mint tea and specialty coffees. Fine leather purses and sandals, belts, clothing and fez hats are found in the "Tangier Traders". Gleaming brass pots and planters are the main features at the "Brass Bazaar". The "Medina Arts" offer Moroccan crafts, and the "Berber Oasis" sells toys, Moroccan clothes and Aladdin souvenirs. Find hand knotted carpets and rugs in "Casablanca Carpets". In the "Marketplace in the Medina", you'll find leather goods, straw bags and sheepskin wallets. FUN FACTS: Say “hello” in Morocco by saying “salam alekoum (sah-LAM wah-LAY-koom). Morocco is the only country in the World Showcase in which the government was actually involved in the design and construction of the pavilion.
HIDDEN MICKEYS: On the outside wall of the gift shop there are three baskets in the shape of a Mickey.

 
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