Disney Imagineer Discusses Recent Changes at Morocco Pavilion

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Disney Imagineers have been hard at work at Walt Disney World as they are prepping for the 50th anniversary, which kicks off October 1. From repainting the Tangled bathrooms to giving Casey Jr. a new look at Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak located inside the Fantasyland section of Magic Kingdom, Guests have been surprised with updates as they walk into Magic Kingdom.

Now, it looks as though another theme park is getting some updates as the Morocco Pavilion at EPCOT has now gotten some tender, love, and care.

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We already knew Disney removed the iconic fan-favorite wall from the area, but now Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley is giving more details on how the team has been hard at work with refreshing the pavilion!

Riddley recently took to Instagram to share some details on the changes that occurred within the Morocco Pavilion, including the work at Spice Road Table. Riddley writes:

I love walking EPCOT and seeing new work and details.

I recently had a chance to meet up with Michael Wells, our EPCOT Art Director for @waltdisneyimagineering

Michael took me on a tour of the recent work we completed for the Spice Road Table at the Morocco pavilion.

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Riddley continued to explain how Imagineers “refreshed” the pavilion with new paint and patterns all throughout. He said:

Our team refreshed the venue with bold colors and authentic touches like patterns in the character paint and propping. Moroccan markets are rich and layered experiences – where shopkeepers take pride in organizing their wares in beautiful, complex compositions of color, texture and form. Each shop is unique and dense, and it’s that sensory richness that makes visiting these markets so unforgettable. Michael and his team were inspired to bring that feeling to the new propping seen throughout the marketplace along the World Showcase promenade.

One detail I really loved were these metal hand-painted street signs. You can find these all over the markets and souks in Morocco – where artists paint professions with these lovely illustrations translated with Arabic and French descriptions. I was surprised to learn these signs aren’t props – they are authentic items our team purchased in Morocco and brought back to EPCOT! Another example how we aim to bring the real world to life for our Guests through our designs.

Ps. The “architecte” one is my personal favorite, of course!


You can check out his full post here:

Related: Disney Will Now Fully Operate Morocco Pavilion at EPCOT

It is so great to see Disney Imagineers hard at work as they refresh certain areas of the theme parks just in time for the 50th anniversary!

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