Lou Mongello / Monday, September 17th, 2007
- Because the buildings in the Morocco pavilion have great religious significance, the buildings are not highlighted by the spotlights of "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth." When Illuminations first began, however, Norway was also not illuminated, as the pavilion was incomplete at the time. Also, during the show, each pavilion, except Morocco , is highlighted and has their name rotate around the globe in the center of the lagoon.
- FAST FACT: Look for Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie to appear in the Morocco pavilion!
- Morocco is the only country in World Showcase sponsored by the government and not a corporation. Added to the World Showcase in 1984, you’ll find beautiful mosaic art and stonework commissioned by the King of Morocco.
- Morocco was the first country to be added after the opening of Epcot. It opened on September 7, 1984 and is the only World Showcase pavilion to have it’s own government as its sponsor. The north African cities of Casablanca , Fez , and Marrakesh are represented here. The pavilion is divided into the new city (ville nouvelle) and the old city ( Medina ) by the Bab Boujouloud gate.
- The King of Morocco, who wanted the pavilion to be completely accurate in every detail, sent 19 Moroccan artists, known as "maalems" to Florida to work on the extensive mosaics found throughout the pavilion. By the time the artwork was complete, more than 9 tons of handmade enameled terra-cotta tile was used in this exotic pavilion.
- The pavilion follows the pattern of many Moroccan cities, being divided in two. The ville nouvelle (new city) contains a replica of the Koutoubia minaret of Marrakesh, leading into a courtyard containing a replica of the Nejjarine Fountain, which in turn leads to the gated entrance of the Medina (old city).
- Reproductions of the Bab Boujouloud gate in Fez, and the bells of the Madrassa can also be seen.
- The Chella Minaret is a Muslim prayer tower, and the keyhole windows signify that worship can open up the door to the heavens.
- You won’t find any patterns containing people, animals, or plants, due to the tenet that only Allah can create life.