DISNEY WORLD | EPCOT WORLD SHOWCASE | MOROCCO

Morocco has always been my favorite area at EPCOT's World Showcase.  The attention to detail throughout the pavilion is incredible and what I would imagine strolling through Marrakesh would feel like.  This was the only area of World Showcase where the country's government had input on the design and the king actually sent artisans to create most of the mosaics as well as the aged, irregular textures on the wall.

Oh, and here's something really cool I recently found out - you can see the Tower of Terror from Hollywood Studios while standing at certain spots throughout the pavilion so the top of the tower was designed to blend in with the Moroccan architecture!  I love Disney.

The shopping here is incredible and some of the best (non-Disney) merchandise you'll find at the resort.  The shops, which are meant to resemble a channel of interconnecting vendors in a souk, carry everything from clothing, accessories, belly dancing coin belts, snacks, and housewares.  I absolutely love their woven bags and am torn as to which one I want each time I visit!  I think I need to make up my mind next time... or just buy them all.

One of the reasons why I love the Moroccan pavilion so much is that it feels as if it's alive.  The hanging yarns, the incense, the way the dresses are displayed, the shelf styling - it's all very dynamic and a glimpse into what life might be like in a place thousand of miles away from Orlando.

Morocco is definitely one area you want to dedicate an extra bit of time to next time you're at EPCOT.  Perhaps it's because it's one of the countries I've never had the pleasure of actually visiting, but the richness in both the architecture and even the (seemingly) minor details always manages to transport me into the middle of a bustling Moroccan town... in Florida.