Hi there! Great to have you back for another exclusive Loo Review! We have a super cool one to visit today, but before we do, please accept our heartfelt thanks for visiting the website. Seriously: this fascination with all things Disney is a weirdly great thing, and there's nothing more weird than coming back to our blog each week to research the best places to poop on property. So thank you, for embracing that weirdness and, in the process, supporting our work! You guys are the best!
This week, our intrepid loo review crew finds itself back in Disney's Hollywood Studios where ... wait a minute ... hey, check out Steven Tyler's hat! Sorry, where was I? Oh, sure. This week, we're heading back to the northwest corner of the park where, lurking in the shadows of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, sits the famed Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. Starring Aerosmith (and presented by Hanes... ed), this fast paced dark coaster goes from zero to "what the hey, hey, hey?!" in 2.8 seconds. Many a sphincter has been tested by the 4.5 G's the ride's first inversion offers, making it essential to have a loo near its exit. But, is it a good loo? Is the trip worth the sit?
Well, that's where we come in! Yes, this week, we're visiting the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Loo at Disney's Hollywood Studios!
This loo sits to before us and to our right as we hustle down the exit ramp leading from the attraction's gift shop to its exterior courtyard. The restroom building itself is a squat, brown stucco number, nondescript in this park. In fact, it's easy to walk right past it. Keep your eye's peeled for the Souvenir Penny machine (which is disguised as a roadie's equipment case ... cool!), make a sharp right just before it and we're almost there (no backstage passes required for this show ... ed).
Advancing up the walk towards the loo, we see the obligatory emergency phone and automatic external defibrillator -- both of which seem apropos given that the coaster just took us from zero to 57 mph faster than you can say, "Wait a minute! I love that idea!"
Nearing closer to the loo, we get the feeling we're in for a treat. Imagineering magic is all over this one, beginning with the restroom's exterior signs. Each sign's background is a platinum record! Here's the men's room fellow, playing bass:
And here's blue woman playing lead:
Lastly, here's the whole blue crew -- in three part harmony -- before the mic. Yes, the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster loo has a companion restroom!
Already, we're impressed with the this loo's amount of theming. Does the interior measure up to the expectations offered by the exterior? Does enlightenment or disappointment await? Does Chris ever grab Joe Perry's black Les Paul? Let's head inside to find out!
Yes! This one does not disappoint. Standing at the restroom's entrance, we see a bank of urinals to the right, a row of sinks to the left and stalls ahead. It's a fairly standard configuration, not unusual for this park's restrooms; and, yet, Loo Imagineering seems to have elevated this one above the norm. Why? How?
Before we answer that, let's take a look at the expected. Here's the urinal line up: four basins separated by Disney's trademark stainless steel dividers. Plenty of options for the burgeoning bladder! Take a look:
And on the room's opposite side, there's the other row of basins: the rock 'n' roller sinks. Four sinks serve as the counterpart to four urinals, creating a zen-like balance (Hey Dali Lama: just don't get the two mixed up -- that urinal wafer is not a bar of soap ... ed). The black counter top surrounding each sink presents a stark but fitting contrast to the loo's white walls. Looks cool.
Let's glance into a stall, shall we? It's pretty standard faire in here, as well. There's the two Costco-sized toilet rolls, each housed in a stainless case. Behind the throne sits the seat covers for your sanitary pleasure. Note that someone has kindly wadded-up paper towels from the sink station and tossed it into this stall. Thanks, Random Stranger! You're the reason we can't have nice things!
The farthest end of this loo (opposite its entrance) is the home of the ADA compliant stall. This thing is a palace! Seriously, its huge: plenty of space for two wheelchairs and four companions (we're not kidding). Half of Aerosmith's road crew could bunk in here, and there'd still be room for a stretch ... make it a super stretch. Check it out:
Here's another view. We love it, by the way, when Disney has lighting along the walls in their loos. There's a soft, downward glow which highlight's the room's tiled walls, many of which are often unique in their own right.
And speaking of unique walls, here's the accent tile scheme:
Okay, it's not too bad. Seemingly random squares of tan, green and navy are situated in a sea of stark, speckled white. It doesn't look bad, but it's not that great ... UNTIL you take it in with the floor tile:
Now the accent tile makes sense, right? Check out the floor in here! Inasmuch as we here at the blog think the previously mentioned Hollywood Tile of Terror is kitschy and cringeworthy, we love this floor! Words cannot describe this holy mess of maize, green, tan, blue and cream. It's as though an 8-bit video game rode Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and later threw up on the floor! It's crazy, weird -- and it just works!
Here's a close up:
And last, but certainly not least, here's a look at the baby changing station. Once again, we see that Disney has future-proofed this loo's baby changing area by super-sizing it. It's like a black, speckled horse trough.
Even half-pint is getting into the music! Look ma, no cords on those headphones (baby loves his bluetooth)! And what's this below? A sign featuring Huggies? Is there a sponsorship in the works? What's this all about? Never fear, Loo Review Crew -- we're all over this one! More information is forthcoming from an official source -- and don't you know WDWLooReview will have the scoop for you! Stay tuned!
Alas, we couldn't get a peek into this loo's companion room as it was occupied for an extended period of time. We'll be sure to get photos for you on our next trip to complete the review!
WDW Loo Review Recap of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Restrooms at Disney's Hollywood Studios:
Capacity: Medium (four urinals, three stalls -- one ADA compliant)
Changing Station: Yes
Companion Restroom: Yes
Access: Easy (though easily to walk right past it if you're not looking for it)
OVERALL RATING: 4/5 urinal wafers
Summary: Look, if we had to design a loo themed after a roller coaster themed after the genre of rock 'n roll music, this is exactly the look for which we'd go: crazy tile, platinum records everywhere, defibrillator for those who party too hardy. It's a perfect loo for a perfect attraction. Be sure to visit it next time your bowels are overcome with Sweet Emotion.
And that does it for another week's loo review. We hope you enjoyed your visit with us today, and if you did, we'd ask two things of you:
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Until next week: thumbs up and bottoms down, everyone!
Loo Review Matt