The Morocco Pavilion always seems to be abuzz. Its waterfront areas are usually busy with shoppers and people looking for a bite to eat. The marketplaces are colorful, the food is delicious, and the music makes you want to dance. But as you continue into the pavilion, you’ll stumble across some often-overlooked areas.
Make your way toward the back of the pavilion and you’ll find more shops, Restaurant Marrakesh, and maybe even a Disney character or two. Look for plaques in archways and on walls explaining the architecture. For example, the main archway that leads you further into the pavilion is modeled after the real Bab Boujouloud [sic] in the city of Fez.
Near the front of the Morocco pavilion, just across the courtyard from the Tangierine Café, is a terrific spot to get out of the heat and learn something new while you’re at it. The Gallery of Arts and History is one of those spots you might walk right by if you didn’t know it was there. Inside are rotating exhibits that highlight elements of Arabic culture. Currently on display is “Moroccan Style: The Art of Personal Adornment.”
This exhibit shows traditional dress and accessories for men and women. You can also learn about the art of henna and why it is important to the culture.
FL Next Gen Social Studies Standards:
SS.K.A.2.3, SS.6.G.2.4, SS.912.G.2.1, SS912.H.1.1, SS912.H.1.3