The new attractions aim to immerse visitors in the atmosphere of the Moroccan Sahara.
Rabat – EPCOT, a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, US, has added new attractions to its “Moroccan Pavilion.” The attractions are based on two racing competitions that take place in Morocco; the Sand Marathon and the Rally of the Gazelles.
The pavilion features different attractions, including a diorama of the Sand Marathon with race gear and trophies from Moroccan competitors, as well as photos showcasing the Rally of the Gazelles.
Both competitions take place in the Sahara Desert. Guests at the Moroccan pavilion can also discover the ancient lifestyle of native Sahrawis.
The pavilion also offers “Sellou” in its special Moroccan eatery, the Tangierine Cafe. “Sellou” is a snack made of ingredients including ground almonds and sesame seeds. Participants at the Sand Marathon often eat the energy-packed snack for a boost to complete their journey.
The Sand Marathon is an annual six-day race, held in the Sahara Desert, southern Morocco. It started in 1986. Runners cross a distance of 251 km, with the longest single-stage being 91 km. Many runners consider the competition as the most difficult foot race in the world.
The Rally of the Gazelles is an annual rally organized in southern Morocco. Three different categories of vehicles take part in the rally: Quads and Motorbikes, 4WD Trucks, and Crossover. What makes the competition unique is that participation is restricted to women only.
EPCOT, the theme park featuring the Moroccan pavilion, is the 6th most visited theme park in the world. In 2018, it attracted more than 12.4 million visitors.