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Restroom Evolution

Jack Spence Masthead


We all know that much of Disneyland's success was due to its innovative theming and storytelling. No other amusement park before Disneyland featured the attention to detail that this new Anaheim park offered. But that was only part of the formula to success. Cleanliness was another major component to the “Disney Difference.” Walt wanted his park to be spotless, and this included the restrooms.

If you're like me, you hate to use a public restroom. But of course, spending eight or more hours in a theme park necessitates stops to answer the call of nature. Thankfully, Disney restrooms are usually immaculate. And on the rare occasions when you do find a problem, all you have to do is mention it to any cast member and they will see to it that the issue is taken care of.

In the early years, the exterior of the Disneyland and Magic Kingdom restrooms were themed, but their interiors were still very basic. They were clean, but contained nothing except the bare necessities to get the job done. But to Walt's credit, he was innovative in one aspect of restroom design. He insisted that his restrooms be free of charge and he would not install pay toilets which were common in the 1950's.

Unfortunately, I have no pictures of an early Disneyland restroom to share with you. Who takes pictures inside lavatories? That would be creepy (and use expensive film). But in order to write this article, I had to be a little creepy and do just that. So I arrived at the Magic Kingdom at opening and dashed from restroom to restroom and snapped some photos before guests needed a health break. I always made sure that no one was inside as I knew it would be disturbing to someone to hear the click of a camera and see a flash of light while they were doing their business. Because of this limitation, I was not able to take as many pictures as I might have liked in some facilities.

Over the years, as wear and tear dictated, Disney restrooms have been remodeled. Gradually, the theming that Disney is known for has made its way inside these facilities " and that's what I'm going to be showing you today.

The most basic and uninspired restroom I could find is located at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Even the exterior here is lacking.


TTC Restroom

TTC Restroom


However, compared to the 1950's, this uninspiring restroom is fantastic. To begin with, the sinks are contained within a counter. This looks nice and gives you space to set your belongings while washing your hands. In the early years, each sink was a separate basin. As for appearance, the floor tile is decorative and the listello adds a nice accent near the ceiling. In the “old days,” all restroom floor tile was somewhat industrial and the wall tiles were always white with no accent.

The first restroom many of us use in the Magic Kingdom is located between City Hall and the Fire Station. The exterior of this lavatory has always been beautiful.


Main Street Restroom

Main Street Restroom


Upon first glance, you might not appreciate this restroom, but if you look closely, you'll see that it is themed appropriately. First, notice the light fixtures. They are keeping with the Main Street theme. Next, take a look at the red, accent tile walls. These coordinate with the real red brick found on the building's exterior. And finally, see the intricate tile molding along the ceiling. This hints at crown molding and is keeping with the Victorian theming of Main Street.

One of the largest restrooms in the Magic Kingdom is located in the breezeway that connects Adventureland with Frontierland.


Adventureland Restrooms

Adventureland Restrooms


This recently refurbished facility is beautiful. Besides the impressive tile work on the wall, the floor also is extraordinary as it uses large tiles around the exterior of the room and smaller tiles that create a mosaic in the center of the room.

One of the most hidden restroom facilities of the Magic Kingdom can be found off of the shop adjacent to Pirates of the Caribbean. I also think this is perhaps the most elaborate of any the Magic Kingdom lavatories. The tile work in here is magnificent!


Pirate Restrooms

Pirate Restrooms

Pirate Restrooms


The “Pirate” restrooms also are some that use clever signage to indicate “Men,” and “Women.” But for those of you who don't read Spanish and are uncertain which to use, don't worry, there are also male and female stick-figures to help you out.


Restroom Sign

Restroom Sign


In the 1950's, 60's, and 70's, the Imagineers hid many of the restrooms in less trafficked areas of the park " like the “Pirates” restroom mentioned above. I'm not sure why. I guess they thought that restrooms were one of those “unmentionable” topics that should be tucked away in some obscure corner of the park. It's interesting to note, one of the most often asked questions of cast members is, “Where are the restrooms?” But things are different in the 21st century. Take for instance the newest restrooms to find their way into Fantasyland. Here, the Imagineers have built an entire mini-land around going to the bathroom.


Tangled Area


Located between “it's a small world” and the Haunted Mansion, this area is based on the Disney animated film, “Tangled” and reproduces a small section of the Kingdom of Corona. Here the Imagineers have created a park-like setting with benches, tables and chairs, charging stations for your electronics, overhead lanterns, and of course, bathrooms. In the distance is Rapunzel's tower. But the detailing doesn't stop on the outside. The restroom interiors are also nicely detailed.

The men's room is located inside one of Corona's local diners (which I think is an odd choice in which to house a restroom). Just inside the door we see wanted posters of some of the characters we're familiar with from the movie. Above the sinks are pans used in the establishment's food preparations. Even the stall doors were given an extra dash of detailing with simulated wood planks and hinges.


Tangled Men's Room

Tangled Men's Room

Tangled Men's Room

Tangled Men's Room


Another thing we're seeing in more and more reimagined Disney restrooms is the latest in hand blowers. These work much better than the old models that hung on the wall.


Hand Dryer


The lady's room can be found next door and is housed in a Corona shop. Since I could not enter this facility, I have borrowed some of AllEars blogger Kristin Ford's photos.


Tangled Women's Restroom

Tangled Women's Restroom

Tangled Women's Restroom

Tangled Women's Restroom

Tangled Women's Restroom


Disney did make a few mistakes when building the Magic Kingdom and the restrooms located in Liberty Tree Tavern are a good example. Here, the facilities are located up a narrow stairway on the second floor of the restaurant " with no elevator. You see, back in the late 1960's when Walt Disney World was being planned, no one gave much thought to those guests with mobility issues. Unfortunately, there is nothing the Imagineers can do to rectify this problem today. If you're in a wheelchair and need to use the restroom while eating at Liberty Tree Tavern, the closest facilities are the ones found in the breezeway connecting Adventureland and Frontierland.

A reader has informed me that Liberty Tree Tavern now has a handicapped restroom under the stairs.


Liberty Tree Tavern


However, the Imagineers have also corrected some oversights of the early years. Today, almost every restroom is equipped with a baby-changing table. This even applies to the men's rooms. At least one sink has been lowered for children and for those in wheelchairs. And Companion Restrooms are available to those guest who need assistance from a friend or relative. This is a godsend for single parents who have young children of the opposite sex that cannot go into a restroom alone.


Baby Changing Table

Lower Sink

Companion Restrooms


The restrooms near the exit of Splash Mountain are pretty basic when compared to others in the Magic Kingdom. They are definitely a bit stark.


Splash Mountain Restroom

Splash Mountain Restroom


The restrooms next to Pinocchio Village Haus are also rather plain when compared to the Pirate or Tangled restrooms. But notice how a little color and wall molding warms up this facility when looked at side-by-side with the Splash Mountain bathrooms.


Pinocchio Restroom

Pinocchio Restroom


I love the exterior of the restrooms found behind Gaston's Tavern. And the inside is pretty nice as well. Here the Imagineers used dark tile on the walls and tile-wood planks on the floor. This room's beauty is deceptively simple.


Gaston Restrooms

Gaston Restrooms


I've reported on this next restroom in a previous blog. Over at Storybook Circus we find a train turntable and tracks radiating from this central location. Some of the train tracks aim toward the roundhouse, were the restrooms are located. If you pay attention to the floor inside the restrooms, you'll see that the track is continued and reproduced with tile.


Storybook Circus Restrooms

Storybook Circus Restrooms

Storybook Circus Restrooms


Over in Tomorrowland, we find a rather unimpressive exterior hides a beautifully detailed interior. This “restroom of tomorrow” uses multiple shades of blue and space aged light fixtures to give guests the feeling of the future. I especially like the brushed metal look found on the towel dispensers.


Tomorrowland Restrooms

Tomorrowland Restrooms


There were always restrooms beneath the Tomorrowland Skyway Station, but when this attraction was retired, these facilities were neglected as the building sat for several years before this structure was reimagined. When construction was complete, guests found that these restrooms had been enlarged and given a nice, futuristic design.


Skyway Restrooms

Skyway Restrooms

Skyway Restrooms


The last restroom I will mention in the Magic Kingdom is located between the Plaza Restaurant and Tomorrowland Terrace. Once again, by today's standards, the exterior is somewhat uninspired for a facility with such a prominent exposure. The inside is nice, but nothing to write home about.


Plaza Restrooms

Plaza Restrooms


Although this article is about Magic Kingdom restrooms, I have to mention one recently refurbished facility at Disneyland. Next to the Alice in Wonderland attraction were the old “Prince” and “Princess” restrooms. These have been given a makeover and now offer an “Alice” theme with “King” and “Queen” designations. Notice how the tile work incorporates the colors of black, red, and white " the colors of playing cards. Also look at the stall doors that resemble playing cards. (My thanks to AllEars blogger Jason for the pictures.)


Alice Restrooms

Alice Restrooms

Alice Restrooms

Alice Restrooms


Over the years, two changes have come to all Disney restrooms. The first because of technology. In the late 1980's, the automatic flushing toilet was invented. It wasn't long after that these wonders started appearing at Disney parks and hotels. Now we don't have to touch the toilets with our hands " thank you very much! Not that I've kept track, but to my knowledge there are no hand-flush toilets to be found in public restrooms at the Disneyland or Disney World Resorts anymore. And we're also starting to see more and more automatic paper towel dispensers. Hurray!

Unfortunately, the other significant change to Disney restrooms came in 2001 during the anthrax scare. At that time, Disney immediately eliminated all powdered hand soap in favor of liquid. This required temporary bottles of soap be left out on counters until each restroom could be retrofitted.

Although there are interesting restroom decors in the other Disney World parks, none have gone through as many transformations as those at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom. Believe me when I say, even the most dull and unimaginative restroom today is a lot better than the originals of 1955 and 1971.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'd like to go off topic for a moment. But I promise to tie it back into Disney if you'll just bear with me.

Trivia buffs will often tell you that the first toilet ever seen on network TV was on the “Leave it to Beaver” show. Well, this fact is only partially true. In the episode titled “Captain Jack” (October 11, 1957), Beaver sends away for and receives a baby Florida alligator. Knowing his mother June would not approve, he and Wally search for a place to hide it. Since the gator needs water, the first thought was to hide the critter in a sink or bathtub. But this wouldn't do as June would be certain to find it. So they settle on the toilet tank.

When the episode was filmed, the scene depicted the entire toilet, tank and bowl. But the censors of the day and CBS would have nothing to do with this offending porcelain necessity. In fact, they didn't even want a bathroom shown at all. Remember, people of the 1950's never spoke of such topics (or so the censors thought). The censors insisted that the episode be shelved until a solution could be found. After much wrangling, a compromise was reached and the scene reshot with only the toilet tank being shown -- not the “offending” bowl.


Leave it to Beaver


The next time a toilet was referenced on TV was during the run of All in the Family (1971 to 1979) when Archie flushes his offstage commode.

Now I'll bring this back to Disney…

As we know, Walt was often ahead of his time. And this was also the case with bathrooms, at least when the subject was relevant to his attractions. Even though the censors of the day didn't want the public to see a bathroom or toilet on TV, Walt was more than willing to feature these facilities at Disneyland if it educated and/or entertained.

On April 5, 1956, the Crane Company began sponsoring the Bathroom of Tomorrow attraction located in Disneyland's Tomorrowland. Even though the majority of the exhibit featured a collection of valves and clear pipes that guests could open and close to control the flow of water, there was a display of a modern bathroom, complete with a lemon yellow tub and toilet.


Bathroom of Tomorrow

Bathroom of Tomorrow


A little over a year later on June 12, 1957, Disney and Monsanto opened the House of the Future. This dwelling constructed of plastic featured two bathrooms, complete with toilets for all the world to see. It's estimated that during its ten year run, 20 million people toured this home of “1986.”


House of the Future

House of the Future


But it's one thing to display a toilet in an exhibition/advertisement. It's quite another to display a toilet in an honest-to-goodness attraction. Enter the Carousel of Progress which debuted at the New York World's Fair in 1964. In Act Two of the show, we're introduced to Cousin Orville soaking in the tub. Also in this room was a toilet. Now the Imagineers could have easily omitted the commode or hidden it from view if they had wished, but instead, used it conspicuously for humor. If you look closely, you can see that Orville uses it as a table to hold his cooling beverage. And in Act Four, we hear from Cousin Orville a second time as he flushes an offstage toilet. Did the writers of All in the Family steal this joke from Disney?


Cousin Orville

Cousin Orville Flushes


Once again, it demonstrates that Walt knew the public better than the so called experts " the censors. Audiences were not shocked by the sight of a bathroom or a toilet. Instead, they were entertained by it. But then, Disneyland was completely under his control and he called all the shots. On the other hand, Walt did have to deal with censors and ABC when making the Disneyland TV show and the Mickey Mouse Club. I don't ever recall Annette excusing herself to go to the bathroom.

Well, that's it for my rundown of the evolution of Magic Kingdom restrooms. I know I always tell you to slow down and smell the roses. But maybe on this occasion, we should just “look” and not “smell.” LOL



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Comments (37)

I love this post! I'm one who takes in every detail, and restroom theming can go a long way toward creating a full, vivid picture in an atmosphere! :) Thanks for the very fun blog.

Jack's Comment:

It's true. Theming the restrooms appropriately for each land is very important. But I'm sure glad the Imagineers didn't take this idea too far and make us use bushes in Adventureland. LOL

Dan:

Haha - great article, Jack! It's been a "relief" to see Disney Imagineers work their magic inside the theme park's restrooms, taking them from drab to fab.
If you can hold it long enough, check out one of the most beautiful facilities on property - the restrooms located outside Sanaa, at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas, Kidani Village. It sounds strange to gush about necessary rooms, but these really are spectacular.

Jack's Comment:

I have used the restrooms near Sanaa several times. You are correct, they are outstandingly beautiful. I wish my bathroom at home looked that nice.

cathy mullen:

Hi Jack,
What a fun and interesting blog. I love the bathrooms at the GF.

Fran:

Always love your blogs, Jack! It's funny that you mention the self-flushing toilets because on my trip last year I was amused that the public restrooms in the Polynesian were self-flushing but the ones at the Contemporary Resort were not!

Josh Weiss:

Hey Jack
The one thing Disney does not spare is the details, and the restrooms are no exception. Every restroom is unique and fits the surrounding area wherever it may be. It was also interesting to learn about the Leave it to Beaver episode. Can't wait for your next blog and as always keep up the great work.

Jenny Sperandeo:

Hi Jack! Who knew talk of toilets could be so interesting! That being said, I LOVE the bathrooms in Fantasyland with the Tangled theme. And, I love how clean all of the restrooms are in WDW, for the most part.
Have a great day!
26 more days until my Disney World vacation (not that I'm counting or anything)!!!
PS My Magic Bands came and I have to fight the urge to start wearing them now... :)

Mary :

Hey Jack!
Great post as always. One quick thing, there actually is a handicap accessible bathroom at Liberty Tree. It's somewhat hidden behind the stairs. Next time you are in there go right after entering and proceed towards the back of the restaurant, the bathroom will be on your left!
Regards
Your Friend
Mary

Irene G.:

Fun article Jack! One of my favorite memories from my first visit in 1991 was going to the bathrooms near Spaceship Earth and experiencing automatically flushing toilets for the first time!! You should have see the look on my husband, of about 5 days! I think, for a moment, he was wondering what have I done!?! I married someone who got excited over a toilet and it's flushing system!! It's something that I crazily remember, fondly, whenever we pass through on our way to the World Showcase!!

Lance:

Haters consistently complain that WDW spent so much time, money, and real estate creating "just bathrooms" in the Tangled area, but you pointed out two points I'm always tempted to make in response:

1) The area is a lot more than just bathrooms, but include a seating area, landscaping, water features, music, lighting, charging stations, and the "find pascal's friends" game.

2) The alternative to the well thought-out and themed restrooms is to go the route of the plainer restrooms you also highlighted. Would people truly be happier with those??

We missed the opening of the Tangled area by about two weeks last year but we were able to see it in person just the week before last. I was far more impressed in person than I had been by photographs posted over the last year, and that's saying a lot. I think Disney hit it out of the park with that area and I hope they do it again in the future.

JaySwash:

Another interesting post Jack, thanks.

It's funny how the little things can add to the entire atmosphere. I know when I'm at different theme parks I like to look at the minute details... does the theme hold up all around or can you see where the engineers quit caring? No surprise that WDW passes that test.

In my early twenties I worked at a pizzeria owned by a really great guy who used to like to tell us the story of when he was at WDW and was watching one of the parades. He noticed a guy following some horses (or another animal, it's been a while) with a scooper and a bucket... and a big smile on his face. Looking like he won the lottery. So my friend asked him why he seemed so happy while working such a bad job? The man replied that he was happy because he was entrusted with one of the most important jobs at the park. After all, what would ruin a trip to WDW like stepping in animal poo?

Never knew if the story was true or not, but it seems like that Disney attitude. =)

Jay

PS: I mentioned in an previous comment on how after 20+ years away I was taking my little guys to WDW? Finally booked the dates, will be there beginning of June! =)

Jack's Comment:

Actually, the story is probably is a true. As you know, I used to work at Disneyland. While there, I was a University Leader for six months. During this time, I taught new cast members the "do's" and "don'ts" of working for Disney. We stressed that EVERY job was important in making the guest's experience magical - even the backstage jobs. I told my new-hires a similar story.

It seems there as a young man on his first day on the job. He too was following a horse down the parade route. After the horse did his business on the street, the young man ran up to the pile, took one look at it, and threw up. Then, being the trooper that he was, cleaned up both his mess and the horses.

PJ:

Another good one Jack.

I love the expression 'Restrooms'. Much better to see on a sign than what we have here in Britain 'Toilets' ! Although you do still see the old Victorian 'Public Conveniences' signs unfortunately they are now quite rare. The Restrooms have also given us a new expression for when we need to go. Instead of announcing that ' I need the toilet ' or ' I'm going to the loo' we now simply say ' I'm going for a rest'. Much more civilised ! :-)

Jack's Comment:

Thanks for sharing. I always understood that "restroom" was a euphemism, but I thought it was silly. Who "rests" in there. Although there are those who use this space for reading. LOL. I always preferred "washroom." At least theoretically, one does wash his or her hands in a washroom. To my American ear, I always thought "loo" sounded classy.

I miss the powdered soap lol! For some reason I found that soap entertaining as a child.

Nancie:

I too loved the powdered soap :) I was at WDW last year during Flower & Garden and stopped in the old Wonders of Life building, those restrooms are a blast from the past! Everything is manual, it took a few seconds for me to realize I had to actually turn on the sink faucet! Thank you for another great article.

dsnymom14:

We visited the New Fantasyland shortly after it opened in December 2012. My husband used the restroom near Gaston's Tavern and came out laughing. There was a sign posted above the urinal, in elegant typeface: "Reclaimed Water, Do Not Drink".

He wanted to take a picture of it, but as you mentioned he did not want to be "creepy".

Thankfully, that silly sign has since been removed.

Brian M.:

Jack,

You may recall at the EPCOT 30th Anniversary event in 2012 they told us during the Men Who Built EPCOT panel discussion that EPCOT was the first place they installed automatic toilets and sinks and EPCOT was the first place most Americans had seen them.

Charles B:

"Above the sinks are pans used in the establishment’s food preparations."

I imagine this is also a nod to Rapunzel's weapon of choice. At least that was my first thought when I saw your pic. I wonder if they were dented, like from someone hit on the head? Wouldn't surprise me if they were done that way.

Anderson:

Dear Jack:

Another great article about the little details that truly make a disney experience.

Speaking of "the detais"

You probally have seen the Magic band readers around the parks. Why not make a quiz about where the readers are located?

There are similar looking ones, but they are all uniquely painted and detailed towards the attraction that they are a part of.

You can also do the FP+ kiosks because they are also themed to the area as well!

Johnny:

Well, Jack....you've done it again. And now you have taken a subject as mundane as the "toilet" and made it be the most interesting thing of my whole day.
You know how I am about nostalgia, so I really enjoyed reading about Monsanto's House of the Future and The Carousel of Progress.
Thanks for making my day.

~ Johnny

Jill K:

Hello, Mr. Spence, it's so good to be reading your column again!

My family has good reason to be grateful to all those WDW bathrooms ... and I think we saw the inside of all of them during our April trip. My older son, who has special needs, was just starting to be truly "potty trained" and we were very concerned with how our 9-day trip would wreck havoc with that. To our surprise, our Disney vacation was the thing that pushed it over the edge! I don't know if it was the unfamiliar environment that made him be more careful or that he was fascinated with the different bathrooms, but even though we were sent scurrying to find a toilet on a moment's notice (and saw very, very many of them over that time), he came home from the trip fully trained and proud of himself. :) Thank you, Disney World!

Danielle :

I always love reading your articles and I believe this is one of my favorites. I've been to WDW so many times that I have my favorite bathrooms. My mother and I had a good laugh about your article. I recently returned from a Keys to the Kingdom tour and our tour guide talked about how there are no restrooms in Liberty Square because public restrooms did not exist during that era. She also explained that the pavement is red with the brown through it to represent how people would empty their chamber pots out their windows. Disney certainly loves the details.

Jack's Comment

Hi Danielle,

Thanks for writing.

And thank you for bringing up this "Keys to the Kingdom" misrepresentation that the tour guides keep perpetuating. I don't know where these people get their information, but there were most certainly public restrooms in Colonial America. They had outhouses that were often called necessaries (necessary for just one). Since there was no real plumbing in the 18th century, there were no bathrooms inside public buildings. If there had been, it would have stunk to high heaven. So people working or visiting the business districts of Boston or Philadelphia visited public necessaries located out on the street or perhaps behind the place of business. Pubs of the time most certainly had a necessary nearby for their customers. I’m sure John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Hancock all used public necessaries while drafting the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall.

Anyway, thanks for letting me write this and attach it to your comment. This is another of those Disney wives’ tales that simply doesn't hold water.

Take care,

Jack

Melissa:

Hi Jack:

Fun blog! One thing that I always LOVE and notice when I walk into any restroom on WDW property is their use of music. In any restroom, be it at a park or even at a resort you are sure to find the right music piped in to go with the theming. So fun! It's those little details that I enjoy so much!

Once you get used to the idea of noticing if a restroom is empty or not so that you can take photos if it actually can be kind of fun to notice and you can end up with WDW restroom photos quite easily, I've tagged the ones I've taken (on my Flicker account) with the tag TOTVKOTW which stands for "Thrones Of The Vacation kingdom Of The World", and even with my infrequent visits I have hundreds of photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/totvkotw/

Jack:

I never miss one of your blogs. I too like the themed restrooms at WDW. But, that is not the reason I am commenting on this one. In January of 2012 I was in a restroom at one of the resorts when I blurted out "I don't normally accost people in the men's room but aren't you Jack Spence". You were going to an AllEars meet and greet and happened to run into me and my daughter (my daghter was not in the restroom). I remember taking up way too much of your time at the meet and greet but is was great fun running into you that day. For the fans that read Jack's blogs but have never met him, he is as nice as you would imagine him to be.

Take care and glad you have returned.

Ryan S:

Great Article! I love these details about the often overlooked aspects of Disney World, but none the less important.
In our last trip my son (5 years old) referred to the lower sinks as his Mickey sinks. He told me every time we had to use the bathroom that Mickey built those sinks just for him.

Lynn:

Enjoyed reading Jack's latest blog on restrooms at Disney - I really love the Tangled theming ... just a thought - Jack mentions, in the men's room, the cooking utensils.... I'm thinking it's more the "cast iron frying pan weapon" that's being showcased.....

Jack's Comment:

Oh, you're definitely correct. Rapunzel used a frying pan as a weapon and this is what Disney is trying to convey. But it still strikes me as strange to see a cooking utensil in a restroom.

Keith Link:

Great article! It's given me an idea for this summer's trip, a tour of WDW restrooms. We can all 'go' together.

Ethan Shuster:

I have to admit, I found this interesting, despite it kind of sounding like a silly premise. It's always amazing to see what happens when Disney makes sure they pay attention to all the theming details.

But, honestly, as long as the place is clean, I can live with less than stellar theming. :)

dusty cheatham:

tough job jack !!! but somebody had to do it !!! :)

dusty cheatham:

jack another comment !!! several years ago after a nite of merriment @ epcot stopped
at restroom at front of park took my glasses off to wash my face & you guessed it glasses hit the floor & lens pop out . now I am crawling on my hands & knees trying to find it & the 1st thing that pops in my mind is my goodness millions of people come through here each year . well I found it with the help of some other gentleman thankfully not under the urninals . but even at 10:00 at nite restrooms were clean .

denise cote:

Went to Disney for 2 weeks in December of 2013. Believe me, we visited a lot of bathrooms. My favorite was at Rafikis Planet Watch in Animal Kingdom. I took pictures of the animal tiles on the wall and the "poop" scoop news on the bathroom stall wall. It was beautiful.

Bonnie Lorenzetti:

HI Jack,
GREAT article- I was really impressed with the new tangled theme restrooms. Notice that the frying pan theme is only in the mens side and now the womens - just a warning guys - LOL.
Anyway except for this one as usual I never really paid alot of attention to the theme trying to get in and out quickly. Really do have to slow down (which would make my hubby very grateful as he can't keep up to me). One thing I always try to do though is anytime I see a cast member cleaning a bathroom I am in I make a point of thanking them for keeping it so clean and that we all greatly appreciate what they do. It always brings a smile to an often underappreciated cast member. Looking forward to your next blog as usual.

Jack's Comment:

Bless your heart for thanking the restroom attendants. You know, everyone who applies to work for Disney World has dreams of driving the monorail or working on Space Mountain. Imagine how disappointed they must be when they're assigned "restroom duty." Trust me, your kind words mean a lot to these wonderful people.

Gabriella:

i had the fortune of visiting WDW twice, the first time back in 1999, the second time out honeymoon in 2006. So many good memories!!!
From the first visit I have a picture in the car in front of 'Pete's garage', so surprised to find a photo op in front of a restroom. Nobody believed me that the building behind us was a 'relief facility'.
Thanks to your blog when we visited Disneyland Paris for the 20th anniversary of the park I paid attention to so many details, floors included.
Thank you for all your blogs they bring fresh air in ordinary days and brighten dark ones.
With affection
Gabriella the WDW Italian nut :-)

Marcy:

My personal favorite is/was the educational signs in the bathrooms at Rafiki's Planet Watch. This was back in 2010 and they may have been taken down, but there were signs in the stalls "The Scoop on Poop". The signs listed the following facts: how South American Sloths fertilize the trees they live in, African Elephants having the record for heaviest poop in one day(300 lbs), Boa Constricters only pooping once every 2-3 weeks, and Hippos spinning their tails to help spread their "nutrient rich poop" on the riverbanks providing nourishment for plant & fish life. Disney's words & facts (I do have a photo of this sign). Educational & funny for the kid in us. I wish I'd checked out the other stalls to see if they all listed the same facts.

Greg Highfill :

I can really relate to feeling "creepy" taking photos inside public restrooms. A couple of years ago, I went over to the Beach & Yacht Club to take some 3D photos. At one point I had to use the facilities, and when I walked into the public restroom, I was so stunned by the décor, that I had to photograph it. The walls were covered in marble and there were baskets with rolled hand towels. I felt sort of "shabby," and fortunately, was alone for the entire experience.

Elizabeth:

Thanks so much for doing this, Jack! I've actually wished for years that you would do a blog post on the bathrooms, but I figured it would never happen because of the "creepiness" factor you mentioned. I feel weird writing it, but I would love to see more! There's a bathroom near Dinoland USA that is so beautiful.

Kim Smith:

Just catching up on your blogs - another fun one. A comment on automatic flushers - my daughter is terrified of them! I wish Disney hadn't changed over so many of them, but I can tell you at least two places with regular flushers - one stall in the women's room at Cinderella's Royal Table and one restroom at Beach Club. Now we need a blog post letting us know all the others for parents of frightened little kids :)
Thanks!

Taylor:

Hi Jack! As a person with certain "issues", I am basically a Disney bathroom connoisseur, and I have truly appreciated that Disney has recently brought their magical theming into the spaces that I unfortunately have to spend a good portion of my trips in. The Tangled theming of the new Fantasyland bathrooms is creative and a refreshing replacement to the former ones near PPF that , like the attraction, always had god-awful lines.

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