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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 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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