At the beginning of “Aladdin,” The Peddler warns the audience not to be fooled by the magic lamp’s commonplace appearance because “like so many things, it is not what is outside but what is inside that counts.” The same could be true of “Lamps of Wonder” in Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion. It may only look like a humble lamp sellers shop from the outside, but its interior actually plays host to visiting royalty from Agrabah. Every day, Princess Jasmine can be found here greeting guests and posing for photos with them.
While much of the first room that makes up this meet and greet location’s queue is decorated to resemble an authentic Moroccan lamp shop, the designers on “Lamps of Wonder” did include one reference to “Aladdin” to help set the stage for what lies ahead. Near the entrance, a collection of sketches representing different types of lamps can be seen covering one portion of the wall. Among these is one depicting the unmistakable design of Genie’s magic lamp from the 1992 animated feature. If only rubbing that picture could grant your wish of making the line to meet Jasmine move any faster, but unfortunately there are some things not even magic can solve.