PHOTOS: Menus Removed from Front of Restaurant Marrakesh, Meet and Greet Lights On in Morocco Pavilion at EPCOT
The struggles of Restaurant Marrakesh and the Morocco Pavilion at EPCOT have been well-documented for a while now. After making a legal filing against the group that operated the food, beverage and merchandise locations, Disney took control back in October, and since then, the pavilion has seen many changes. One of the things that hasn’t changed since the park reopened in July is that Restaurant Marrakesh remains closed.
Unfortunately, the latest update from the pavilion isn’t terribly encouraging. After being up for months, the menus have been removed from the front of the table-service restaurant.
In their place is now a piece of art on tile featuring a hand with an intricate design within, including an eye, stars and flowers.
The restaurant has been hit particularly hard since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In late September, sources indicated that all Cast Members were let go from the restaurant without severance pay, including those a year or two away from retirement. Disney did end up firing the remaining 3rd party cast members at the pavilion when they took over anyway.
It’s unknown what the change means. While it could suggest that new menus may be coming soon under Disney management, the art might also indicate that this closure will be continuing for the foreseeable future.
Nearby, the lights were turned on once again for the Aladdin and Jasmine meet-and-greet space, though character interactions are severely limited due to physical distancing. Still, even with the future in flux, there’s reason to hope at the Morocco Pavilion.
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