Managers Emptying Offices, Staff Forced to Pay Back Health Insurance, and Mass Layoffs Part of the Ongoing Turmoil at EPCOT’s Morocco Pavilion
Up until recently, the Morocco Pavilion at EPCOT has made few headlines, beyond some questionable festival food booth items or the occasional new museum exhibit. However, in the aftermath of the COVID-19, few pavilions have been so publicly affected by the pandemic’s devastating impact.
Sources indicate that owners of Restaurant Marrakesh have since emptied out their offices. As of this week, all Cast Members previously working at Marrakesh have been officially terminated through an internal memo. Reportedly, most of the long-time chefs at the restaurant have been let go with no severance pay, including those that were just a year or two away from retirement. The company is also asking its employees to pay back health insurance since being furloughed, with payments ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. When Cast Members were furloughed at the pavilion, they were instructed to use vacation days in order to continue receiving paychecks.
Do note that the Morocco Pavilion is one of the few pavilions that operates independently from Disney within World Showcase. Despite these events, owners and upper management have not given Cast Members any type of clarification on what is happening. Restaurant Marrakesh remains closed, with the Morocco Pavilion reopened with just Spice Road Table, an array of shops, and its museum. Tangierine Cafe closed back in early August.