Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New bathrooms coming to American Adventure?

I don't have independent corroboration yet, but at least one little birdie has told me that new bathrooms are coming to the American Adventure. While this must be treated as rumor at the moment, I hope it's true. They are desperately needed. 

The plan is apparently to install a brand new restroom facility on the OTHER side of the main building. It's unclear at the moment whether this would be *on* the knee-cap height hedge maze, or behind it, or to the side of it (where the brick wall and trees are now). There's no word on the timeline for this change, and I haven't heard yet if the existing bathrooms would also stay where they are, but it can't hurt. More info will be posted when I get it!

Epcot has always been a park with too-few restrooms, and that's especially true in this corner of the park, because the pavilions flanking America don't help much (Italy has none apart from the restaurants, and Japan has only a very small bathroom available outside the restaurant).

The problem magnifies on big events like New Year's Eve. They cart in portable bathroom trailers (upgraded port-a-potties, essentially) for some of the annual events, but it's still not enough. And the rest of the year, they have concerts at the American Adventure that bring crowds, meaning the existing facilities get overwhelmed quickly.

Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.