News Morocco Pavilion redevelopment

DCBaker

Premium Member
Disney missed the previously announced early February reopening of Souk-al-Magreb at EPCOT and has now extended the closure of the shop indefinitely. I’m guessing is they haven’t secured merchandise yet to sell in the location and/or staffing. Either way poor show to have all these doors closed on the main thoroughfare through the pavilion.

also small update, Edison style rope/hanging lights have been added to both Spice Road and the marketplace area.

Souk-al-Magreb has reopened and is showing hours in MDE -

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matt9112

Well-Known Member
Hopes:

Shops in the courtyard reopen along with both restaurants. Cultural Hosts return when possible to staff the pavilion. Meet and greet return to drive traffic.

realistically:

most shops remain shuttered, Marrakesh operating seasonally or becomes a rentable venue space. Pavilion becomes another Canada with half the place just becoming facades.

What happened to canada?
 

bpiper

Well-Known Member
Correct, this beautiful space that could easily host a food and wine type offering is just sitting their full of plates and other supplies for Le Cellier. Terrible terrible shame.

Correct, this beautiful space that could easily host a food and wine type offering is just sitting their full of plates and other supplies for Le Cellier. Terrible terrible shame.

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Back when that store was open, I purchased a pair of fall maple leaf earrings for my wife's birthday. She wears them every fall to this day.
 

MisterPenguin

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Souk-al-Magreb has reopened and is showing hours in MDE -

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It seems they gave up trying to write in Arabic on the outside of the building... for now...
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Hidden Mickey!!



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Spices still don't look like spices. Went from Crayola crayon to dirty plastic.
 

castlecake2.0

Well-Known Member

LittleBuford

Well-Known Member
It seems they gave up trying to write in Arabic on the outside of the building... for now...
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Hidden Mickey!!



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Spices still don't look like spices. Went from Crayola crayon to dirty plastic.
Much more than the fake spices, it's the writing that still gets to me. I cannot describe how utterly jarring it looks for someone who can read the script. It really is just a painted transfer of the Arabic equivalent of Times New Roman. I'm normally on the Pixie Duster end of the spectrum, but for Disney to drop the ball in as sensitive an area as cultural representation is just inexcusable, especially when they had the chance to redo it right after the first disastrous attempt.
 

castlecake2.0

Well-Known Member
The thing that bothers me about closed shops is that it would be so simple to turn into a gallery or sitting area for guests to use. The boutique in Canada, shops in Morocco, Germany, UK, all just shuttered. Add some tables, put some props on the shelves, now guests have a place to sit and eat/drink without sprawling out on the streets. Disney keeps pushing the “foodie” thing without giving people enough places to eat it. Then they go and close an operating attraction to make yet another foodie booth. It’s really mind boggling.
 

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