PHOTOS: Morocco Pavilion Refurbishment Seemingly Complete at EPCOT

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PHOTOS: Morocco Pavilion Refurbishment Seemingly Complete at EPCOT

The ongoing refurbishment of the Morocco Pavilion at EPCOT seems to be complete, although boom lifts are still parked on site.

Morocco Pavilion Refurbishment

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Back in April, crews started repainting the rooftops around the Morocco Pavilion’s front courtyard.

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The repainted roofs of Tangierine Café and the Gallery of Arts & History don’t quite blend with the walls, but the mismatched look isn’t very noticeable.

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The Morocco Pavilion restrooms were refurbished back in 2021.

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Rolling planters are around the lift parked in the courtyard, next to the fountain.

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The boom lift is covered in a green tarp during the day.

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Since late May, a green scrim box has covered a planter’s corner, presumably while guest-related damage is fixed.

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At the back of the Morocco Pavilion, more planters block a boom lift that has been parked in front of the Nejjarine fountain replica since March.

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We haven’t seen any clear construction back here.

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The fountain is still visible through the planters.

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The original Nejjarine Fountain is located in Fez, a city in Morocco, as part of the Funduq al-Najjarin, a traditional rest house built in the 18th century as part of the city’s Medina old town. Having been in constant use since its construction, it’s designated as a landmark in Morocco. The Funduq al-Najjarin has since been transformed into the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts & Crafts, welcoming visitors to Fez and introducing the history of traditional carpentry in Morocco.

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This is typically how the fountain appears.

Morocco Pavilion Takeover

Back in 2020, Disney took over ownership of the Morocco Pavilion following a legal dispute with the pavilion’s operators, who ran the food and merchandise outlets including Restaurant Marrakesh.

In April 2020, Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant, LLC. filed for a PPP loan of $1-2 million in order to retain 260 jobs through the funds acquired. In September of that year, Walt Disney World filed a UCC Financing Statement, or a type of lien with the state, claiming collateral against “All goods, inventory, the Furnishings, and all other items of personal property belonging to Debtor which are or may be put into the Facilities and all proceeds of the foregoing.” With Walt Disney World poised to take over the pavilion in case of a default or bankruptcy, things seemed to be going downhill internally.

Finally, the company took operation of the pavilion entirely, which until then was one of the few independently operated World Showcase pavilions. The Moroccan Embassy and Morocco Tourism Board have continued their involvement with the pavilion as cultural consultants.

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Restaurant Marrakesh has been closed ever since, likely related to both the COVID-19 pandemic and Disney’s takeover. We last saw inside the restaurant when it was used as a seating area in the summer of 2021. Disney filed a permit for construction work at the restaurant in January 2022.

Have you visited the Morocco Pavilion lately and noticed some changes? Let us know in the comments.

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