Owner of the Moroccan pavilion at the World Showcase at Epcot since its opening in 1984, Disney had mandated the company Marrakech Morocco Restaurant (SARL) to operate the site’s restaurants and stores.
The company, in difficulty following the Covid-19 crisis, and Disney have reached a mutual agreement to begin the process of transitioning operations from the pavilion to Disney by the end of 2020, as confirmed in many reports.
The Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) and the Moroccan Embassy in Washington will continue to play their advisory role in the management of the pavilion.
“After many years of working together, we have reached a mutual agreement to begin the process of transitioning operations from the Morocco pavilion to Disney. By the end of the year, Disney will assume the operations of this important part of Epcot. Under the management of Disney, the lodge will continue to honor the rich traditions and legacy it has had since its opening,” read a joint statement relayed by Media24, quoting Walt Disney World Resort representative Jacquee Wahler, and Rachid Choufani and Rachid Lyazidi, representatives of the Moroccan pavilion.