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inspired by the Mighty Men of Mouse episode 150 "Level it, Keep It"

Apr. 5th, 2014 | 02:40 pm
location: The Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Parking Lot

     Sometimes it's fun to do a little armchair imagineering, and as podcasters who talk about Disney, the Mighty Men of Mouse did a little of that on their latest episode, but the chord it struck with me has me doing even MORE of that, taking there germ of word exercise and pushing it out beyond the bounds of all reasonable reality . You see, the exercise that they embarked on was to pick things they like, and things they don't like in the Magic Kingdom Resort area choosing to "level" the things they don't like, and add MORE of the things they do like. One of the guys chose to “level” the Magic Kingdom parking lot due to the unnecessary extra time it takes to get to and from the Magic Kingdom because they chose to locate the parking lot a tram ride away from, a boat ride, or monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom.


Magic Kingdom Parking lot and Tram lanes to the TTC



It’s easy to see a reason the is could have true appeal for Walt Disney World as well as for it’s guests, after all if all those Magic Kingdom Day guests did not have to go through the TTC the land AT the Ticket and Transportation Center would be prime waterfront real estate for yet another deluxe resort, as well as its DVC counterpart, but here’s where I take it way over the top. And a former Theme park parking lot? Well, as the  Disneyland resorts Disney California Adventure theme park has taught us us that is a site for a new park!








     While they are at it, they can also remove the Walt Disney World Speedway too and build a huge parking deck, and bus loops there to serve the new fifth WDW gate “Disneyland East”, the Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in the world, lets REALLY add some capacity, build a concept for moving Main Street USA up into the 1920s, when you get to the hub you have Adventureland, New Orleans Square, and Carsland, and Fantasyland.
     When we move the Magic Kingdoms Adventureland to this new park, we will also bring in Adventure Island from DLP, and clone the Indiana Jones Adventure from Disneyland, let's not forget the Tahitian Terrace dinner show, and let's do a double installation of the Tiki Room with one side showing the original, and the other side built showing various versions ( I think Tokyo has had 3 or 4 versions of this show over the years perhaps some elements from this could be used in the alternate versions side here).
      In Fantasyland build ALL the dark rides NOT in the Magic Kingdom, Snow White, Mr. Toad, Pinnochio, and Alice in Wonderland, let this "Disneyland East" add the princess Fantasyland forest stuff that got cut in order to add the Seven Dwarfs mine train , others can squabble about whose castle gets to be the centerpiece.
     Out in New Orleans Square bring over the Animatronics and put POTC in it, instead of the Blue Bayou, have Tiana’s restaurant, and a full Club 33 for all those WDW sponsors, and Mystic Manor would either be in Adventureland or you could do a New Orleans Square version.
     In the Liberty Square of “Disneyland East” we would bring over the Hall of Presidents, and a similar colonial facade would disguise the “America Sings” attraction.
    In Cars Lands learn from the mistakes they made with Luigis Flying tires increase to four flight circles and include the equipment that sweeps they saucers back to the station for loading and unloading.

Back at the Magic Kingdom , since there is now no more  Adventureland ,or Liberty Square we’ll put the stockade style Frontierland entrance in at the Magic Kingdom. In Frontierland how about a modern take on the Western River expedition I think you could tie it in to the Lone Ranger, it might not have been a huge financial success, but many Disney movies were not on their initial release but still grew a following over the years, having it in the parks would make people WANT to see it. Also we kept the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom so it's now in Frontierland too, same place no change there.

     In Fantasyland, since Dumbos Circus already has a Casey Junior Circus train themed water play area, we'll build out from that in the direction of the current autopia (which would be torn out) and put in a Storybookland Canal Boats, and Casey Junior area.
          Anyhow I could go on but it just get’s more and more unlikely, and for those keeping track of the question of just  where would the new parking for the Magic Kingdom be?  the actual parking structure would be north of the Grand Floridian and just across the canal from the BACK of Frontierland since it would be a multi structure parking lot, screening would be built in to hide the backstage views,

Kingdom View AND "Walk Around the World" from the Monorail


and besides that, with Grizzly Gulch and Wester River Expedition being built on this side of the park, those attractions would be built with these views in mind, you could still have the Electrical Water pageant as since a bridge would have to be built across the canal anyway, and from this TALL structure they could just keep it high enough to permit the barges to pass under,  just as they currently pass under the monorail beam,


Electrical Water Pageant barge storage & more Backstage areas
oh yeah, and since the “walk around the world” would now go almost all the way around the Seven Seas Lagoon Walt Disney World could start selling the bricks again.


Walk Around the World -dead end MK side 2001


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My Question about the Magic Kingdoms new hub

Mar. 2nd, 2014 | 11:40 pm

Last week, the Disney Parks Blog shared a video giving an overview of some work they will be doing in the Hub of Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom, the video ends with a "view from 1000 feet" or map style shot, in that shot you can see that the areas of waterway closest to Casey's Corner and The Plaza restaurant both are either covered up or filled in, and it makes me wonder if perhaps they will make the existing bridge that crosses the water into a pedestrian underpass as that would be a natural, and create a fantastic way to get across the park during parades.

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Before there was "Hotel Plaza boulevard" there was "Motor Inn Plaza"

Nov. 22nd, 2013 | 07:03 am
location: The Lake Buena Vista of my soul!

40 plus years into the operation of WDW a lot of things have changed, but more than in most places many things have stayed the same for over 40 years. If you go back in time and think about the various amusement parks that existed many of them didn't even last 40 years, other theme parks that opened in the early 1970's around the same time as WDW might be almost unrecognizable to guests entering them today (an example of this that is somewhat local to me would be Carrowinds), any big city has seen great changes in the last 40 years, most likely their downtown decayed for a while, and if the city is lucky, eventually the downtown center has seen a redevelopment, or at least shows signs of one. One area at WDW that is has seen change continually over the last 40 years is the area around the actual "Lake Buena Vista" and "Village Lake" this would be Hotel Plaza Boulevard and the Downtown Disney area Downtown Disney did not exist in 1971 The The Lake Buena Vista Village Marketplace opened in 1975, expanded to include the Empress Lilly Restaurants (now Fultons crab House) as it evolved into the Walt Disney Disney Village Marketplace in 1979, and in the late 80's and early 90's expanded out to become the Downtown Disney I knew on my first visits to WDW. Still, even before the shopping Village there were a few things on the road that enter Walt Disney World from FL535, after all, he first building to open on property was the WDW preview Center on what is now Hotel Plaza Boulevard, but that some early materials refer to as the Motor inn Plaza. Still, back than there were not quite as many hotel towers of these partner properties where the land is owned by Walt Disney World, but leased to these various hotels, there war just four in the early years. These four buildings would look familiar to todays visitors to this end of WDW, though with different hotel chains running them than we see today. There was the TraveLodge (now a Best Western), the Dutch inn (now the Wyndham), the Royal inn (still the hotel Royal Plaza), and there was a Howard Johnsons which is now a Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn and Howard Johnsons both were motel Chains that were huge in the 1970's and declined in the number of rooms out there for many years, both have reinvented themselves over the years and still exist today (though in the case of Holiday Inn they seem to have made a point of removing anything that could be classified as as Motel rather than a hotel). Anyhow a kind reader of the WDW A History in Postcards Site by the name of Jerry Klatt sent me these grab scans of a postcard from back when this Hotel was still a Howard Johnsons, Jerry is a LONG time visitor of WDW having first visited WDW in 1972 when he and his wife went on thier Honeymoon, and has been a regular visitor for many years!
hojo

UPDATE: The Kingdom Fix blog folks color corrected the original for me, though if you want to see the large version this image still opens to the non color corrected version, still it might allow you to view a bit more detail.


As such he has some great memories of WDW making over 30 trips between 1972 and 2002 when his kids started reaching college age when he took an 11 year hiatus (Jerry, I know how that is, I went from August 1981 to August 1996 with no visits to a Disney theme park. - Brian ). Jerry has shared some nice audio and photo's from the park that he has shared on Mike Lees Widen Your World web site. I'm so glad he sent this too me, doubly so as it took me a couple of MONTHS before getting around to sharing this simple but fun post (and if you send me anything more Jerry I feel certain that I will get it up MUCH quicker!)
HowardJ2-land-500

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The Non-mouse Spouse uses a day off her "10 year ticket"

Aug. 8th, 2013 | 05:10 pm

Since my wife is the type of person who thinks of Disneyland the way many folks think of the Grand Canyon, as in somewhere you go to once but don't necessarily go back to over and over, but she realizes that I do like to go back over and over, she does not go into the parks much with me, rather she uses our trips to Florida as a chance to recharge her batteries and do some outlet shopping. She does have a ticket however, but it was purchased in 2005 before they made no expiration a separate option since she was averaging "a day a year" for a while we call it her "10 year Ticket". Here on our 2009 WDW visit she uses a day for her favorite park Disney's Animal Kingdom (or as she likes to call it the Wild Animal Kingdom).

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Top 10 Restrooms of the Walt Disney World resort - number 1 - Pioneer Hall

May. 17th, 2013 | 09:57 pm

Recently on episode 288 of the Walt Disney World News Today (WDWNT) podcast http://wdwnewstoday.com/blog/archives/1041 they did one of their "top ten" lists, one that had been long joked about, and now they were really doing it, well Disney fans have been joking about the fact that Disney's quality of experience extends even to their restrooms for a long time, (http://www.wdwtoday.com/wiki/index.php5?title=Humorous_nicknames_for_WDW_restrooms) there was even a web site on the Disneyland restrooms called "the Happiest potties on Earth" which is a take on Disneyland's self designation as "The Happiest place on Earth". I have long had a Flickr tag of TOTVKOTW that is an abbreviation for "Thrones Of The Vacation Kingdom Of The World" and in addition to the ones I have tagged I always seem to keep finding ones I have missed.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=TOTVKOTW


Well one of the things that the folks at Walt Disney World News Today always do when they make a top 10 list is they ask others to make thier own lists and send them in, So over the past few days I've been posting mine. I hope others have been encouraged by this to make their own top 10 lists of WDW restrooms If you want to do that please send your top ten lists too WDWNewsToday@gmail.com put in the subject line "top 10 restrooms" the only rules Tom mentioned for this one were no "historic"restrooms (as in ones that are not there anymore), and no WDW Hotel room restrooms,though public restrooms at the resort hotels, mini golf courses, Downtown Disney, Water parks, theme parks, and all of the WDW resort are fair game.

The restroom that got the top spot on my top 10 restrooms of WDW list is not in a park, in fact it's not even at a hotel, at least in the traditional sense, it's at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground, specifically at the "settlement" end of fort Wilderness next to Pioneer Hall and it has many of the things I like in WDW restrooms colorful tile in interesting patterns, interesting details, I've got a decent set of photos of it, and in addition to that it seems to perhaps have a sense of humor too. For those of you not familiar with this location Pioneer Hall is the venue for the long running dinner show known as the "Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue", and these restrooms are located beside the Hall, accessible from outside rather than inside, and this allows access from guests in this area of the campground even at times of day when the show is not running.


Pioneer Hall Restrooms - Entrance from Outside

Note that in the photo of the restroom sign below you can see a bus at the "settlement" bus stop, this should give you a good idea of the small amount of walking needed to get here even though the campground is large. You would park at the day guest parking lot at the "outpost" sue stop and all three lines that leave form there go to"settlement" the differences in the bus routes being just which campsite loops they pass (and can stop at) on the way to "settlement" from "outpost".
Pioneer Hall Restrooms - Sign

Pioneer Hall Restrooms - Sign

The first thing you will see when you walk in is that the floor tiles are in the pattern of a quilt!
Pioneer Hall Restrooms - Floor Tile Detail - quilt pattern

Then there are sinks to your left,


The sinks have "lantern" light fixtures, and tree branches for frames
Pioneer Hall Restrooms - lighting & Mirrors

even the tile "strip" that goes around the room has a rope design.
Pioneer Hall Restrooms - Wall Tile Detail - rope pattern

Pioneer Hall Restrooms - Wall Tile Detail - rope pattern

The baby changing station has a western themed print on tile over it.
Pioneer Hall Restrooms - Mural - Baby Changing Table
If you walk all the way to the end, past the sinks, then the whole restroom from that point on is to the left, and that is where the stalls and urinals are, the rope pattern continues on the walls and the intricate quilt pattern on the floor repeats in this area as well

Pioneer Hall Restrooms - around the corner

So it's time to turn around and hear out right? but wait, my favorite detail in the restroom, and one that a lot of people seem to enjoy is on the wall across from the sinks that were on our left as we came in, and many people swear this scene looks suspiciously similar to one scene that was seen in the movie "Blazing Saddles".

Pioneer Hall Restrooms - Mural

I'm just amazed that none of the WDWNT staff listed it in their top ten lists...is it in yours?

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Top 10 Restrooms of the Walt Disney World resort - number 2 - Tusker House

May. 16th, 2013 | 09:22 pm

Recently on episode 288 of the Walt Disney World News Today (WDWNT) podcast http://wdwnewstoday.com/blog/archives/1041 they did one of their "top ten" lists, one that had been long joked about, and now they were really doing it, well Disney fans have been joking about the fact that Disney's quality of experience extends even to their restrooms for a long time, (http://www.wdwtoday.com/wiki/index.php5?title=Humorous_nicknames_for_WDW_restrooms) there was even a web site on the Disneyland restrooms called "the Happiest potties on Earth" which is a take on Disneyland's self designation as "The Happiest place on Earth". I have long had a Flickr tag of TOTVKOTW that is an abbreviation for "Thrones Of The Vacation Kingdom Of The World" and in addition to the ones I have tagged I always seem to keep finding ones I have missed.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=TOTVKOTW


Well one of the things that the folks at Walt Disney World News Today always do when they make a top 10 list is they ask others to make thier own lists and send them in, so over the next several days I'll be posting my top 10 WDW restrooms as posts to my blog and will send this list to WDWNT.

My second favorite WDW restroom is in what I feel is probably the best themed area of any in the Walt Disney World resort, the Harambe village in the Africa section of Disney's Animal Kingdom this village is made to feel that it is in a rural area where people "make due" with materials that might be considered outdated or be discarded in a prosperous country like ours, but it is still "Disney Clean" it's like the most beautiful decay I've ever seen, I know that's a contradiction, but that is what they have achieved in Harambe.
The area below is made to look like an outdoor market, but you are actually indoors, and down that hall way straight ahead is the restroom.

Tusker House Interior Courtyard - Counter service

this restroom is in the Tusker House Restaurant, even the hallway just outside the restroom has steaks on the walls and simulated wear on the plaster,and even the no smoking signs look home made:

Tusker House Sign in hall to Restrooms

Tusker House Phones in hall near Restrooms

The signs on the restroom doors themselves are missmismatched, again they are using the idea that his is a part of the world that the "make due" culture that it seems like a foreign concept to a lot of people in our country today, but that was normal to folks from my moms generation and earlier, the idea that If you've ever had an older relative who said something like "we didn't know we were poor because that is just how everyone lived back then" this is probably a person familiar with this concept.

Tusker House Restroom - missmatched signs
note that even though these signs appear mismatched they both actually have braille markings on them.
Tusker House Restroom - missmatched signs

There's a third door (presumably the cleaning supply closet) between these two, and I love this!
Tusker House - Janatorial Closet? or Cast member access to backstage? - Door near restrooms

The restroom itself is simple enough, if they made it too colorful it would belie the illusion they built outside, so it's sort of like the folks in the village who are trying to build the tourism industry realized that many tourists would be turned off by "third world" facilities so they focused much of their modernizing efforts here:
Tusker House Restroom seen from entrance

The dark grout adds color and contrast the blue braid design dresses it up some but again, without going too far and blowing the illusion. The floor tiles look like what is a very common hand relatively inexpensive tile, and being in earth tones blends with many of the other paving surfaces in Harambe.


Tusker House Restroom Baby Change Table

Tusker House Restroom looking back to entrance
As much as I like this restroom it's not one where I got a full set, which probably means I heard someone coming in and stopped taking photos , but this is still my seemingly ever so unlikely choice for second favorite restroom at the Walt Disney World resort.

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Top 10 Restrooms of the Walt Disney World resort - number 3 - Hollywood Brown Derby

May. 16th, 2013 | 07:55 pm

Recently on episode 288 of the Walt Disney World News Today (WDWNT) podcast http://wdwnewstoday.com/blog/archives/1041 they did one of their "top ten" lists, one that had been long joked about, and now they were really doing it, well Disney fans have been joking about the fact that Disney's quality of experience extends even to their restrooms for a long time, (http://www.wdwtoday.com/wiki/index.php5?title=Humorous_nicknames_for_WDW_restrooms) there was even a web site on the Disneyland restrooms called "the Happiest potties on Earth" which is a take on Disneyland's self designation as "The Happiest place on Earth". I have long had a Flickr tag of TOTVKOTW that is an abbreviation for "Thrones Of The Vacation Kingdom Of The World" and in addition to the ones I have tagged I always seem to keep finding ones I have missed.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=TOTVKOTW


Well one of the things that the folks at Walt Disney World News Today always do when they make a top 10 list is they ask others to make thier own lists and send them in, so over the next several days I'll be posting my top 10 WDW restrooms as posts to my blog and will send this list to WDWNT.

So far on my list I have had very little overlap with the top 10 lists shared on episode 228 of WDW News today one example of a contributing factor to this is that the three new restrooms in Fantasyland (circus, Belles, tangled) made many of the teams lists. In my list I have not used any restrooms that I have not visited, but there are other reasons too, for instance my bias in favor of restrooms that I have photos of,  and the fact that I have not had to include factors like which restrooms are best for parents of small children. That said, the next restroom on my list made onto the lists of four of the seven hosts of the top 10 restrooms list so it is sure to have ranked quite well, this restroom is found at The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in Disney's Hollywood studios.

Hollywood Brown Derby


One thing I want to do more of in future sets of WDW restroom photos is make sure to get photos of the entrance, I don't have a photo of the entrance of this one from the outside, but I do have a photo of the lobby it sets just off of.

Hollywood Brown Derby - Restroom

As you open the door you see an entry vestibule with a baby change station at the end:
Hollywood Brown Derby - Restroom - Baby Changing Table


Now in this shot you can see the archway at the far end of the room and, after you come in the door, that archway is where you would enter this restroom from, here's the entry door from the inside:
Hollywood Brown Derby - Restroom


Hollywood Brown Derby - Restroom

Some explanation here for those not familiar with this restaurant The Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant, at disney's Hollywood Studios in walt Disney World Florida, is styled after a famous real world restaurant in hollywood California, that restaurant is famous for it's caricatures of Hollywood celebrities here's a quote from the California restaurants web site " night shortly after The Hollywood Brown Derby opened in 1929, a young artist offered to sketch caricatures of
diners in exchange for a bowl of hot soup and a cup of coffee. His full name was too long and complicated so the
last syllable, "Vitch" became recognized as the name of one of the world's finest caricaturists (his economy of line and
sharpness of perception caught a personality in just a few brush strokes). Sketches began covering the dining room
walls and celebrities used all sorts of strategems to be included in the "Wall of Fame" collection at The Brown Derby.
The prestigious collection of caricatures was continued with a succession of other noted artists," So that is the reason for the artwork that covers so much of the walls in this restaurant.
Hollywood Brown Derby - Restroom

Hollywood Brown Derby - Restroom

Hollywood Brown Derby - Restroom

but the details in here go beyond the artwork it looks like it really was built in the 1930's rather than 1989, from the style of the tiles, to the sinks and even the chrome pipes that show here and there:

Hollywood Brown Derby - Restroom

Hollywood Brown Derby - Restroom - Floor tile detail

Now here's a photo that takes us back to that entryway looking in from near the baby change station in that entry vestibule.

Hollywood Brown Derby - Restroom


The end stall while longer than the others does not have the built in sink that some newer restrooms have but if you look in the previous photos you will see that there is a "roll under" sink not far from the others. also note that by putting the flushing handle on the wall they have avoided the more "modern" look of todays restroom equipment dominating the restroom, I mean the toilet itself is not "period" to the 1930's but by not having that large valve box showing the tile becomes a much more dominant feature than the toilet itself.
Hollywood Brown Derby - Restroom

even the urinals follow this "hide the modernity by putting the works behind the wall" strategy:
Hollywood Brown Derby - Restroom


That's my number 3 WDW restroom, more to come!

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Top 10 Restrooms of the Walt Disney World resort - number 4 - Pop Century Classic Hall

May. 15th, 2013 | 10:21 pm

Recently on episode 288 of the Walt Disney World News Today (WDWNT) podcast http://wdwnewstoday.com/blog/archives/1041 they did one of their "top ten" lists, one that had been long joked about, and now they were really doing it, well Disney fans have been joking about the fact that Disney's quality of experience extends even to their restrooms for a long time, (http://www.wdwtoday.com/wiki/index.php5?title=Humorous_nicknames_for_WDW_restrooms) there was even a web site on the Disneyland restrooms called "the Happiest potties on Earth" which is a take on Disneyland's self designation as "The Happiest place on Earth". I have long had a Flickr tag of TOTVKOTW that is an abbreviation for "Thrones Of The Vacation Kingdom Of The World" and in addition to the ones I have tagged I always seem to keep finding ones I have missed.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=TOTVKOTW


Well one of the things that the folks at Walt Disney World News Today always do when they make a top 10 list is they ask others to make thier own lists and send them in, so over the next several days I'll be posting my top 10 WDW restrooms as posts to my blog and will send this list to WDWNT.

I wish I'd gotten a better photo of the signs pointing to this restroom, if memory serves right it is located across from the "store" entrance of "Everything Pop". Anyhow, just off the lobby of Pop Century is this small alcove set off from the main hall,
Pop Century Classic Hall restroom
Once you step into it you turn 90 degrees:
the Door has this small window just so you can see if someone is exiting as you enter.
Pop Century Classic Hall restroom

Once you step into the restroom you can see the layout pretty easily in one look, as there's nothing too odd about the layout of this restroom.
Pop Century Classic Hall restroom

if you walk to the far end you can get a good look at the Baby changing Station:
Pop Century Classic Hall restroom - Baby Change Table

Then turn back around and you are facing the door you entered through:

Pop Century Classic Hall restroom

The large stall at the end or the restroom nearest near the baby change table is a handicapped acessable stall with a roll under sink right in the stall.

Pop Century Classic Hall restroom - Handicapped stall

This restroom has a couple of things going for it, the bright colors go well with the other themes of the Pop Century resort:
Pop Century Classic Hall restroom

but I also like the neat looking textures of the (possibly googie inspired?) grill work above the tiles and in the lighting fixtures:
Pop Century Classic Hall restroom

I've been avoiding sharing too many "Mirror self portraits" in this top 10, but this one is practical as it gives you a better idea of both the light fixture details as well as the sink and mirror set up (albeit mostly via reflection).
Pop Century Classic Hall restroom

and lastly a view of the area across from the sinks, as we are headed back to the exit (you can see the door in the shot too).

Pop Century Classic Hall restroom

and that's number 4, more to come!

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Top 10 Restrooms of the Walt Disney World resort - number 5 - Restaurant Marakesh

May. 15th, 2013 | 08:24 pm

Recently on episode 288 of the Walt Disney World News Today (WDWNT) podcast http://wdwnewstoday.com/blog/archives/1041 they did one of their "top ten" lists, one that had been long joked about, and now they were really doing it, well Disney fans have been joking about the fact that Disney's quality of experience extends even to their restrooms for a long time, (http://www.wdwtoday.com/wiki/index.php5?title=Humorous_nicknames_for_WDW_restrooms) there was even a web site on the Disneyland restrooms called "the Happiest potties on Earth" which is a take on Disneyland's self designation as "The Happiest place on Earth". I have long had a Flickr tag of TOTVKOTW that is an abbreviation for "Thrones Of The Vacation Kingdom Of The World" and in addition to the ones I have tagged I always seem to keep finding ones I have missed.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=TOTVKOTW


Well one of the things that the folks at Walt Disney World News Today always do when they make a top 10 list is they ask others to make thier own lists and send them in, so over the next several days I'll be posting my top 10 WDW restrooms as posts to my blog and will send this list to WDWNT.

I mentioned earlier that colorful tile patterns are one of the things I like in restrooms of WDW, but I realize now, as we go higher up the list, that interesting details, and unusual textures, that are just way different from a standard bathroom are another thing that I like, and there is no better place for making a good first impression for a restroom than by having an interesting door, unfortunately my photo of this one is blurry:
Restaurant Marekesh - Restroom

Lucky for me the interesting details don't stop at the door, for instance this light fixture is inside:

Restaurant Marekesh

Restaurant Marekesh - Restroom

The door that you see here is almost certainly the supply closet for the cast members that maintain this restroom, and you can see the placement of the light fixture. This is one of the smaller restrooms on my list and it can be a challenge to get an angle that shows the layout well, but let's see how I did.
so here's the entry doors inside, and that supply closet door again:
Restaurant Marekesh - Restroom

Note that in this view of the sink you can see that same supply closet door in the mirror.
Restaurant Marekesh - Restroom

This restroom is small enough that they went with the fold up version of the Baby Changing station:

Restaurant Marekesh - Restroom

This would be to the right of the sink on the same wall
Restaurant Marekesh - Restroom

and it looks like the only stall in here is a accessibility stall with its own sink as well.
Restaurant Marekesh - Restroom -accessibility stall

and that's it for number 5, more to come.

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Top 10 Restrooms of the Walt Disney World resort - number 6 - Yacht Club Convention Hall Restrooms

May. 15th, 2013 | 06:37 pm

Recently on episode 288 of the Walt Disney World News Today (WDWNT) podcast http://wdwnewstoday.com/blog/archives/1041 they did one of their "top ten" lists, one that had been long joked about, and now they were really doing it, well Disney fans have been joking about the fact that Disney's quality of experience extends even to their restrooms for a long time, (http://www.wdwtoday.com/wiki/index.php5?title=Humorous_nicknames_for_WDW_restrooms) there was even a web site on the Disneyland restrooms called "the Happiest potties on Earth" which is a take on Disneyland's self designation as "The Happiest place on Earth". I have long had a Flickr tag of TOTVKOTW that is an abbreviation for "Thrones Of The Vacation Kingdom Of The World" and in addition to the ones I have tagged I always seem to keep finding ones I have missed.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=TOTVKOTW


Well one of the things that the folks at Walt Disney World News Today always do when they make a top 10 list is they ask others to make thier own lists and send them in, so over the next several days I'll be posting my top 10 WDW restrooms as posts to my blog and will send this list to WDWNT.

Yacht Club convention Hall Restroom - Door

  This is one I'm a little surprised no one at WDWNT had on their list as in addition to visiting this restoom at Mousefest 2008 I also was in this space for WDWNT:The Weekend back in 2010, I know a few folks had at least one restroom on their list at one of the Deluxe or DVC resorts where the restrooms have cloth hand towels, not for those who are my age we may remember a different kind of cloth hand towels, the one switched out by a laundry service and the towels were dispensed from a roll that fed out of the bottom of a dispenser box mounted on the wall and the used end disappeared back into the dispenser where once the roll was used up the roll would have to be switched out, but that's not what I'm talking about here, I'm talking about a basket of hand towels like the ones pictured below:
Yacht Club convention Hall Restroom - hand towels

and this is a nice difference that gives a plussing to how I perceive the quality of these restrooms, there are also hand towels in the restrooms of the main part of the yacht club too but the decor there seemed dated in a different way than the decor here did, I'm not saying that this restroom did not seem like it could have fit right in in a different decade, but I would mean that in a more positive way about this one, the decor in this restroom also seems to lean towards style that is patriotic and that may make it a bit more timeless also. just look at the Eagle that is atop the frame of the mirror and the stars on the wallpaper below and judge for yourself:
Yacht Club convention Hall Restroom - mirror frame detail

Yacht Club convention Hall Restroom

Yacht Club convention Hall Restroom - floor tile detail

Yacht Club convention Hall Restroom - wall detail

Yacht Club convention Hall Restroom

Yacht Club convention Hall Restroom

Yacht Club convention Hall Restroom

Yacht Club convention Hall Restroom - wall tile detail

Yacht Club convention Hall Restroom
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That's numer 6, more to come!

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