How's it going, eh?
Greetings, friends! Thanks for joining us for another exciting WDW Loo Review! We've taken a few weeks off, and we appreciate you hanging in there. We think this week's review is worth the wait, and we bet you will, too.
As we write this, the Food & Wine Festival is beginning to wind down. What an amazing event this year, right? We happened to be in the parks on one of the festival's final weekends and really got some great scoops on some even greater loos.
This week, we journey to the Canada Pavilion. O Canada! Home of Martin Short, Circle Vision, a shop where interested customers can buy long pajamas and, of course, Le Cellier. We here at the blog love this restaurant. Though some have called it over-rated and over-priced, we've always found it to serve consistently exceptional meals. Of course, one has to wonder: is the loo at Le Cellier as good as this signature dining establishment's food? Let's find out, yes?
It's a warm, late-October afternoon at Epcot. The walk from the park's entrance has left us a little flagged. Fortunately, Canada isn't too far into World Showcase. Making our West into the Showcase, we meander past Refreshment Port, past the DVC station and -- viola! -- we're in Canada. The way to Le Cellier is well-marked:
Heading beneath the archway, we're treated to one of the parks' hidden gems: Victoria Gardens! This always-colorful, well-manicured garden is oft overlooked by those who pass by Le Cellier. It's definitely worth checking-out, whether you intend to eat at the steakhouse or otherwise:
Look at that! Just amazing. No filter on this photo, folks.
After viewing Victoria Gardens for a few moments, it's time to head to the restaurant itself. We'll make our way over the small, stone bridge towards Le Cellier, which is, as you can see, housed in the cellar of Epcot's Hotel du Canada.
Aaand, here we are!
Le Cellier is, as its name implies, a steakhouse situated in the Hotel du Canada's wine cellar. Once checked-in, our host walks us down a ramp and into the restaurant itself.
Dark, intimate, romantic: this place has atmosphere! Faux candles light stone walls, beamed ceilings, arched doorways. And speaking of arched doorways, there's a sign marking one ahead!
Here's a closer look:
It seems we've found our loo, friends! Let's peek beneath the arch for a closer look, eh?
Passing underneath the stone archway, we encounter a small alcove housing doors to each loo. The men's is to the right, the women's to the left.
Here's our boy!
And, ladies, we didn't forget you (pardon us for mentioning this, but this woman looks like she just ate a whole steak with a double order of poutine -- ed):
As always, given the gender of this blogger, we'll be heading into the men's loo. Opening the heavy door leading into the restroom, we find a small foyer, containing a random trash bin, some rather red wallpaper and yet another heavy wood door.
Let's forge ahead! Pushing this second door open, we get our first glimpse of Le Cellier's Loo:
Holy busy, orange tile, Batman! Wow. I mean, just, wow. How to describe this one .... Small, brown-shaded squares line the floor. The walls, however, are covered in a repeating burnt-orange pattern. This wall tile simply overwhelms the senses: it cannot be escaped nor subdued.
Here's a closer look:
Look, it's not that this tile is particularly ugly: we can appreciate the intricacies of the pattern. We even appreciate the brown and orange colors (on a smaller scale, of course). That said, plastering all of the restroom's walls in this pattern is simply too much. It needs to be toned-down! O Canada! Oh, the humanity!
Here's a gander at that busy (but not as busy as that of the walls') floor tile:
Two urinals (one short, one tall) serve the restaurant's patrons (gah, that tile!):
Two stalls (one ADA compliant) offer those who would prefer to sit an option:
The ADA-compliant stall is small by Disney standards, but affords users all the necessary amenities:
Lastly, loo users are encouraged to wash their hands, even though they would prefer to run, screaming, away from the tile in here.
You know, we jokingly (and lovingly) refer to the tile at many of Disney's Hollywood Studios' loos as the "Hollywood Tile of Terror". We do this simply because the pattern is so outlandish and so memorable, it's become kitschy and fun. It's the tile pattern we love to hate.
The tile here at Le Cellier, however, is hard to love at all. It's too much, ladies and gentlemen. We applaud those who can find something redeeming in this pattern!
Let's get out of here and head back to the restaurant for dessert. Before we sit back down at our table, though, let's pause in front of Le Cellier's fireplace and soak in some of the colored glass pieces on its mantle (if anything to scour our memory of that tile -- ed):
That wraps up this week's visit to Le Cellier's Loo. Here's the summary!
WDW Loo Review Recap of Epcot's Le Cellier Loo:
Capacity: Small (two urinals, two stalls -- one ADA-compliant)
Theming: brown and BURNT ORANGE (late 70's/early 80's kitchen)
Traffic: light; this is a small restaurant
Changing Station: No
Companion Restroom: No
Access: Easy, if you're dining at Le Cellier
OVERALL RATING: 2/5 urinal wafers
Wow! We're more than a little disappointed in this one. Here is a loo that simply doesn't live up to the quality of its corresponding restaurant. We really wanted to like this one, truly we did. In the end, though, we simply struggle recommending it to anyone save those Le Cellier patrons who can't hold it until finding a better option.
One more thing: we had exceptional service at Le Cellier the day of our visit. The young staff there worked very hard to make our dining experience a memorable one, as always. The WDW Loo Review offers a big shout-out to Candace and the rest of the wait and kitchen staff at Le Cellier! Nice work, eh!
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Until next time! Bottoms down and thumbs up!