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I'm guessing that there will be a few snickers when people read the title of this article, but let's face it—bathrooms are pretty important.
Whether you have young children that want to check out every bathroom they see or, like me, you are over 50 and need to hit the facilities more frequently than you used to, it's important to know where they are. It's also helpful to know which ones are nicer than others.
One of the nice things about Disney is that there are many bathrooms to choose from. They are awesome when it comes to having enough of them. That being said, some are better than others.
On our last trip to Disney World, I kept some notes about the nicest ones. I even asked my family if any stood out more than others and came up with a list of 10 favorites.
Note: We went in August 2018, during the height of the tourist season and during the hottest time of the year in Florida. This list is based on my opinions of the bathrooms I visited during the trip, and I did not visit all of them.
The Magic Kingdom is the oldest of the four parks, but that doesn't mean the restrooms aren't nice.
1. Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
You wouldn't think that the restroom in a busy restaurant would make the list, but this is a nice one.
We ate here for lunch, in August, at one of the busiest times of the year. The restaurant was busy but, surprisingly, the bathroom, which is down a long hall, was quite nice.
Granted, it was a bit dated, but the multi-colored, light-up wall you see when you walk in, was fun to look at. The facilities were empty and clean, even during the busy lunch rush. It was also nice to be able to leave my backpack with my family so I wasn't juggling a big bag in the stall.
2. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
Located between Pecos Bill and the Golden Oak Outpost, this bathroom is tucked away and kind of forgotten unless you are eating at the cafe.
It was clean, tidy and delightfully empty. I think most people hit the bathrooms around the Pirates of the Caribbean ride or Splash Mountain and then skip this one.
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3. Behind the Mouse Gear Store
There is a covered hall between the Mouse Gear shop and the Electric Umbrella. Head down it, past the store on your right, and you'll come to the facilities. Not sure why, but people walk right by them. Clean and empty, these restrooms were a hidden gem.
Skip the ones around the front of the park and Spaceship Earth and go to this one instead.
To be honest, I didn't have high hopes for this bathroom. It's right next to the popular Frozen ride, where hoards of young kids eagerly await it in long lines.
It would only stand to reason that this restroom would be packed. It wasn't. Not even close to it. It was delightfully clean, there was only one other person in it, and there were loads of roomy stalls. Best of all, it was cold, icy cold on a dreadfully hot day. I took a lot of time washing my hands just to savor that air conditioning before continuing my trip around the park.
Hands down, this was my favorite bathroom of all the parks.
5. International Gateway
This bathroom gets my shoutout for best hidden gem. I don't think many people know about this one, at least they didn't while we were there.
The International Gateway is between France and England and is the landing point for boats to and from some of the resorts and Hollywood Studios. Since the boats don't run constantly, if you time it right, there is practically no traffic here. People are busy shopping in the store closer to the main walkway.
We were here in August 2018 and there was construction everywhere, so I'm fairly certain that there some of the facilities were closed.
That being said, there were a couple of nice choices.
6. Muppet Vision 3D and PizzeRizzo
Across from the Muppet 3D and next to the PizzeRizzo restaurant is a bathroom. It was surprisingly empty, clean, and cool, given that it was next to a busy food location at lunchtime.
I think most people go to the one across from the Backlot Express restaurant. It's a more visible choice on a busy path. Skip that one, and head to this one instead.
7. Toy Story Land
This bathroom doesn't get the award for the emptiest or cleanest, but it is definitely the most colorful. The tile work is vibrant and fun to look at. It's like an explosion of colors.
Maybe it's because Toy Story Land is so new, or maybe it is because I was waiting for my husband and daughter to finish riding, but I was kind of fascinated by this bathroom.
Even if you don't have to go, it's worth it just to look inside.
8. Sunset Boulevard Across From the Sunshine Day Cafe
If you aren't looking, you might miss this facility, but it's there, set back off of Sunset Boulevard. If you are heading toward the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, it will be on your right.
It was dated and smaller, but it was clean and empty, which wasn't expected because there were loads of people getting ready to line up for the Fantasmic show.
Animal Kingdom has a surprising number of bathrooms scattered all around the park. That was a good thing for us since it was the hottest day that we were on vacation, and we were drinking more water than normally do.
9. Festival of the Lion King and Walkway to Pandora
If you don't mind walking a little bit, there is a nice restroom beyond the Festival of the Lion King show. Of course, if you get there right after a show finishes, it may be busy, but when I went it was completely empty.
It's a little bit beyond the show entrance and down a pathway that doesn't really have much else on it, but heads towards Pandora.
It is definitely a hidden gem bathroom at this park.
10. Creature Comforts (Starbucks)
Around the corner, on the side of the Starbucks, there is a bathroom. I was stunned at how empty it was because the Starbucks was busy, and we were packed into the park like Sardines that day.
I think it is overlooked because it is set back a bit, and there is a bathroom further down the path, near the Pizzafari, that is more visible.
Whatever the reason, it was a quiet respite during a hot and crazy day.
Disney World Bathrooms to Skip
|Bathrooms to Skip||Why|
Pirates of the Caribbean in Magic Kingdom
Busy and cramped.
Bathrooms at the entrances to all of the parks
Crowded because everyone wants to go before they hit the park for the day, and they want to use it before they leave.
Yak & Yeti in the Asia section of the Animal Kingdom
On a narrow and busy portion of the park, this bathroom was dark and overcrowded.
Morocco Pavilion in Epcot
I'm not sure if it had air conditioning or not, but this bathroom was hot and cramped.
Fantasmic/Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Right on the corner at a busy intersection in the park, there was a line every time we walked by.
Favorite Hidden Bathrooms in Disney World
These aren't really hidden, but they are off the beaten path, so it means they are emptier and generally cleaner.
Imagination Pavilion in Epcot
Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Studios
The Odyssey in Epcot
Festival of the Lion King in Animal Kingdom
The Seas with Nemo and Friends in Epcot
Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom
Star Wars Launch Bay in Hollywood Studios
And My Bathroom Awards Go to . . .
Norway pavilion in Epcot
Cool, clean, and empty
Least Favorite Bathroom
Pirates of the Caribbean in the Magic Kingdom
Hot, messy, and crowded
Tangled in the Magic Kingdom
Pretty to look at, especially at night when the lanterns are lit.
Toy Story in Hollywood Studios
The tile work is awesome and makes you feel like a kid again.
© 2018 Claudia Mitchell