By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel
8:09 AM EDT, March 21, 2013
Never, ever underestimate the keen interest of Disney World fans. A recent stir: the opening of a restroom at Magic Kingdom.
To be fair, it's not a low-profile loo. It's built in the shadow of Rapunzel's Tower, now standing in the original part of Fantasyland, adjacent to it's a small world. At ground level, the area is heavy on decor with lanterns and banners, detail work on the building, tables and chairs made from barrels and stroller parking. It even has a large, trickling waterfall, which should inspire the pee-shy.
Inside the men's room, the stalls have hardware that brings a barn to mind, deep-hued tile and pans over the sinks. There are wanted posters for "Tangled" characters such as Flynn Rider. I didn't examine the ladies' room. Even intrepid reporters must draw the line somewhere.
So the interiors are nice, but not substantially nicer than the ones behind Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland. The exterior, well, looks like something is about to happen there.
For its part, Disney hasn't commented on its use before, during or after the construction. But these are clearly your Imagineering dollars at work, with loads of striking detail work in the tower.
It looks so good, you'd think it was made for New Fantasyland, not attached to the strip-center-ish "small world," the spot where the Skyway once loaded for Tomorrowland. From a few angles in Liberty Square, you can see both the tower and Haunted Mansion simultaneously. It's a bit jarring.
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