Brian Martsolf (bigbrian_nc) wrote,
Brian Martsolf

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

Recently on episode 288 of the Walt Disney World News Today (WDWNT) podcast 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, ( 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.

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this village is made to feel that it is in a rural area where people "make due" with materials that might be considered outdated or be discarded in a prosperous country like ours, but it is still "Disney Clean" it's like the most beautiful decay I've ever seen, I know that's a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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