The Morocco Pavilion at Epcot is one of our favorite destinations when at the Walt Disney World Resort. We could go on for days about the theming, talk up the wonderful flavors of the featured dishes but today instead we are focusing on the near future. By the end of this year, the recently announcedSpice Road Table will turn Morocco’s waterfront into an exposition of spices, food and drinks in much the same vein as La Cava del Tequila and Tutto Gusto have done for their respective World Showcase pavilions.
Our last visit to the Spice Road Table construction site had shown off the quick work Disney made of demolishing the existing structures that were there. Seemingly as quickly as the old shops were turned to rubble, we now have the beginnings of Spice Road Table rising over the extended construction walls. But that wasn’t the only sign of progress at the Morocco Pavilion. The temporary stage for the Mo’Rockin stage show that I admonished in our first Spice Road Table preview for its cheap look and poor placement, has now been much improved both visually and for the performers themselves. It has been moved from its previous location and into one of the areas used primarily as extra space for the Food and Wine Festival. Doing so gives the temporary stage a much grander backdrop with much more lush vegetation towering behind the stage. It is also now covered by a tent that as any Floridian shall attest is a necessity for the unavoidable heat and rain. These latter improvements along with a few other details have gone a long way into making this temporary stage feel at home and whether or not this was always planned or became painfully obvious after the first iteration, Disney deserves some credit for the changes. There is no doubt the Morocco Pavilion feels in flux right now with the massive construction walls that line its main pathway but it won’t be long now before we get a spicy welcome at a pavilion that we will not want to ever leave.