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April 10, 2016

 

 

Greetings, one and all!  Thank you for joining us for another Walt Disney World Loo Review.  You know, just by being here, you've been initiated into an ever-growing family of super fans obsessed with everything (and we do mean EVERYTHING ... ed) about Disney Parks and Resorts.  You've taken fandom to an extreme, and we think that's pretty cool.  We're glad you're here to sip the Kool-Aid with us for another week, and we hope you come back for more each Sunday, when we publish a new WDW Loo Review!  By the way, if you missed last week's post, be sure to go back and check it out:  Donna submitted our first guest loo review, and it's a doozy!  Thanks again, Donna!

 

This week, we find ourselves back in Magic Kingdom (we always seem to find ourselves back here).  After a brisk ride on Space Mountain (no queue!), nature calls us to find a nearby restroom.  Tomorrowland affords us many options, but most are always crowded, busy, noisy.  Given that our bladders aren't quite to the point of bursting, we've got some time to find the ideal spot for a break ... but where to go?  We find ourselves wandering south as we exit Space Mountain. There's a Loo here, but it looks crazy busy.  Moving on, behind the stage, we see Carousel of Progress to our left, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin ahead.  Though we are tempted to divert for a little shoot-out with Zurg, we're pressured by that large Coke we drank half an hour ago to stick with our Loo pursuit.  As we move on, we see Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor to our left, Stitch's Great Escape to our right. Ahead, there's the bridge leading to the hub.  We know there's some great spots ahead, but nature compels us to look closer, and so we turn to our left and head towards Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.

 

 

 

As we walk up the ramp leading to the restaurant, we realize that this dining option isn't open very often.  Tomorrowland Terrace is a seasonal venue, only open on peak days when attendance swells and there is a need for extra dining options.  The terrace itself hosts the Magic Kingdom's Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party, which is famous for both the aforementioned desserts as well as being the only location upon which Tink can sprinkle her pixie dust as she flies from Cinderella's Castle at Wishes' start.

 

 

 

Today, as is most often the case, Tomorrowland Terrace is shuttered. The Terrace is quiet without a soul milling about (which is something to say for a location like Magic Kingdom -- it's hard to find a spot like that here).  It's dark in here on this particular cloudy day, with only the golden floor below and faint fluorescent bulbs above illuminating the purple walls around us.  We are on the verge of giving up hope for a quiet refuge in which to conduct our business when, suddenly, ahead, tucked in the corner of the Terrace, our eyes catch the glow of an inviting red sign!

 

 

 

Voila! 

 

We've found it!  Could this finally be a sanctuary of solace for our evacuation needs?  Only one way to find out. 

Moving forward (briskly now -- our bladders are getting angry), we walk into a purple-walled foyer where doors can be seen leading to the restrooms.  We pause at the doors .... These signs have robots on them!   Are these loo's reserved for Audio-Animatronic Cast Members?  If we walk in, will we find a former president in a compromising position, Madame Leota using a Dyson hand dryer (impossible!  she doesn't have hands!), Fritz the parrot hovering over a urinal?  Though our minds wish to debate the ethics of a human barging into a robot-exclusive restroom, our bladders, now practically screaming, have the veto.  Damn the risk, we're moving onward!

 

 

 

(The men's room sign looks like the Tin Man -- maybe he escaped from The Great Movie Ride? ... ed)

 

 

 

Pushing inside, we find the loo completely empty!

 

 

 

The good news:  we have the place to ourselves.  White, glossy squares of tile adorn the walls around us, while green hued squares punctuated by yellow triangles (they look like B-2 bombers ... just sayin') line the floor.  A larger, shinier version of the floor pattern also runs along the top of the walls in a unique accent strip.  We're not quite sure what look the Loo Imagineers were going for when they designed this one:  it's (kind of) futuristic, but the color scheme and overall theme doesn't mesh well with the purples and golds just outside its walls.  This restroom is a theme-island:  it's just doing its own quiet thing here in the empty Tomorrowland Terrace.  Nothing wrong with that, by the way -- simply worth noting.  Most of the Tomorrowland Restrooms are decorated with a similar abstract look:  we won't find murals of rocket ships, futuristic architecture or even George Clooney in these loos. 

 

Here's a close-up of the floor tile pattern:

 

 

 

 

Here's a closer look at the urinals.  Above them, we can see the aforementioned accent tile strip which is an enlarged version of the floor pattern.  A stainless steel divider separates the tall person urinal from the one reserved for Tyrion Lannister:

 

 

 

 

After taking care of business at the urinals, we take a peek inside the adjacent stall (there's only one of them in here).  It's an ADA compliant one, as we've come to expect from WDW.   It's clean in here, fairly spacious: certainly enough room for a wheelchair and an assistant.  By the way, the toilet paper is unraveling overhanded -- which is clearly the wrong way to install a roll (no it's not! -- ed).  There are some exposed, old drywall screw anchors situated between tiles next to the toilet paper holders.  Someone pull those things out of there!

 

 

 

 

Moving out of the stall, we head back to the sink for a quick hand wash:

 

 

 

Somebody sullied the area here with some moist (ew!) paper towels.  That's not the fault of any cast member, so we won't fault them for cleanliness, though we do wonder how long it's been since someone from the custodial staff has made a pass through here.   Two sinks are plenty for this smaller-sized loo. 

 

And, what's this?  Could it be?  Yes, a baby changing station!  What Loo Review could be complete without one?!  This one is fairly no-frills:  composite changing surface, same tile above.  No frigid stainless steel, though, which is always a plus.

 

 

 

And that, folks, wraps things up for our first review of the loo at Tomorrowland Terrace.  Here's the summary:

 

WDW Loo Review Recap of Tomorrowland Terrace Restrooms at Magic Kingdom:

 

Capacity:  Small (two urinals, one stall in the men's room)

Cleanliness:  Good

Theming:  Minimal

Traffic:  Minimal

Changing Station:  Yes

Companion Restroom:  No

Access:  Easy

OVERALL RATING:  3.5/5 urinal wafers

 

Summary:  We'll give this one a 3.5 due to its quiet, low-traffic location in a park otherwise full of busy, loud loos.  While its theming leaves much to be desired, it is a cleaner, private place to address one's needs.  Give this one a go next time you find yourself in Magic Kingdom!

 

Thanks, again, for joining us this week:  we are overjoyed that you took some time out of your busy week to hang with us.  Don't forget to throw a "like" our way on Facebook if you enjoyed your time here:  we love your support!  Oh, and don't forget to come back this time next week (and every Sunday morning) for a new Loo Review!

 

Until then, have a magical week!

 

Loo Review Matt

 

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