The fact that people write about any addition to a Disney park should speak volumes. Granted, there are times when the bloggers are paid to write positively about the parks, especially when a flying dragon might be making an appearance. Still, it’s obvious that people are passionate about the parks and the environments. When the Tangled restrooms opened in March, 2013, there was the expectation that Disney would invite the horde of mommy bloggers to help with the festivities. In actuality, it opened rather quietly.
My trip a few weeks ago was the first time I was able to experience the new area. Given my predilection for Disney restrooms, I was actually excited to see the area and see how the theming worked. I know this area has been covered in depth, but I wanted to add my thoughts. Let’s take a little look back at the area before it was changed into a Tangled themed area.
This photo is dated Feb 1972, so it could have been from anytime during the first six months of operation (the photo was featured, here). It’s quite an amazing perspective, though. Besides the great view of the Fantasyland skyline, you can see the pathway to the Skyway to Tomorrowland on the right.
The Skyway operated from 1971 until 1999. The area sat vacant and was used as a backdrop and stroller parking until construction began sometime in 2012.
Another shot from the Feb 1972 that shows a look at the entrance to the queue (check out the article, here). The photo below shows the area from a different perspective.
I have to admit that I when I first saw the Tangled bathroom area, I was incredibly impressed. I approached from the Haunted Mansion side and everything just seemed to work so well. Once I started looking at the smaller details, I was really glad that Disney had spent the time and money on this area of the park. Even though it’s not another attraction, the overlay of the area is executed extremely well and leaves me hopeful.
One of the first things that I noticed is that there is water! Water in theme parks is awesome. Also, the growth of the vegetation seemed like it had been neglected – in a good way. It softened the area and created a very charming setting. (I still want Tomorrowland to have some water features.)
The feel of the buildings are a bit more animated (like Toontown) but still fit into the theme of Fantasyland. Obviously, a lot of care was put into the area, including placements of the pathways to direct traffic flow.
Plenty of low-slung walls for sitting. The stroller parking is demarcated by the wrought-iron fencing.
Recharge Yourself (and the Kids)!
With the need for mobile connectivity (including the My Disney Experience app), Disney added some charging stations to the area.
The cleverly disguised stumps (logs?) contain charging stations! They have electrical plugs and USB connections. There’s some good seating near the charging so the grown ups can relax while the kids go on a mini-scavenger hunt. Thankfully, the area is in a cul-de-sac of sorts, so it’s easy to keep an eye on the younglings while you charge your device and rest your feet. Currently, it’s a pretty wide open area and I imagine that it will get pretty hot during the summer months. I hope the trees in the area will provide some shade over time.
Hidden throughout the area (mostly near the stream in the photos above) are friends of Pascal, that lovable chameleon from Tangled. I’ve heard a rumor that there are at least 20 hidden throughout the area.
It’s a cute game to play while your hanging out in the area.
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So, the signs in the area are pretty spectacular. Not just placeholders, but they help tell the story of Tangled and it integrates into Fantasyland very well.
The men’s sign was fairly plain and the color refers to the castle guard from the film.
The addition of Rapunzel’s hair and her comb to the sign is wonderful. Also, the women’s restroom side has a lot of Rapunzel’s artwork throughout. It’s quite enchanting.
Maximus on the shield for the cast member door is also wonderful. It follows his character and his stern look obviously means that we should keep out! The wanted posters add an unexpected layer to the area with humor and Tangled-inspired art and stories.
Inside the Restrooms!
Just a few images from the Men’s restroom…shhh…don’t tell anyone.
Really beautiful tile work on the floor.
The weaponry of the Castle Guard on display.
The baby change sign might be one of my favorite details of all.
I had a Bothan spy grab some shots of the women’s restroom. All I can say is that it’s pretty spectacular! Rapunzel did a great job of decorating.
One Last Detail
The stamped concrete has become a standard for Disney parks. The Hidden Oswald near Enchanted Tales with Belle is my favorite, but I appreciate the shout out to Maximus that most people walk over all day long without noticing.
Have you visited the Tangled toilets? Do you think it’s a good addition to the Magic Kingdom?
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