Avoiding long lines at Walt Disney World attractions is without question one of the best ways to ensure a successful vacation. So consider another way you can cut your time in line—knowing about the World’s hidden restrooms. Restrooms are seldom top of mind when planning a trip to Walt Disney World, but some knowledge about “where to go when you gotta go” can save valuable time and just might make that bathroom break more of an actual break than just another wait in line.
A word about the criteria for “hidden”: some of the highlighted restrooms are indeed hard to spot, but others are more “hidden in plain sight.” Once you “see” them, you’ll be forever thankful as you duck in while the crowds hurry by.
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Walt Disney World Hidden Restrooms
- Starting your day with a stop in a restroom near the park entrance will let you enjoy the relatively short morning lines for attractions uninterrupted. So first up in Magic Kingdom are the bathrooms adjacent to City Hall just as you start down Main Street, U.S.A. These roomy bathrooms are often bypassed by people rushing to their first attraction, though they can get crowded later on.
- There is also a stop before you get inside the park. It’s to the right of Guest Relations (where you buy your tickets). The Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) also has restrooms if you need to hit them before boarding a ferry or monorail to Magic Kingdom.
- If you make your way down Main Street and then realize you really should have found a restroom first thing, hang a left at Casey’s Corner. The restrooms between Casey’s Corner and the Crystal Palace are at one of the busiest intersections in Magic Kingdom but go unnoticed by many throughout the day.
- In Adventureland, you might want a bathroom break after being surrounded by all that water while experiencing Pirates of the Caribbean. You’ll find one of the most hidden bathrooms in Magic Kingdom in the gift shop to the left as you exit the attraction.
- The restrooms in restaurants can be very busy, but one exception can be found upstairs at Columbia Harbour House.
- Another surprisingly less busy restroom is between Space Mountain and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.
- Epcot also has some convenient restrooms to visit at the start of the day. Before the turnstiles to the right side of the entrance, you will find some usually quiet restrooms. In fact, you pass right by them if you are walking from the buses.
- Once you enter the park, look for the restrooms just after walking under Spaceship Earth. Restrooms flank the ball here, giving two good options depending on which way you’re heading in the park. Or watch which way most people are heading, and go to the bathrooms on the opposite side.
- Some usually vacant restrooms are inside the same building as the Character Spot, facing the Land side. You can also access them from the Fountain View Starbucks.
- The Land Pavilion has one of the most overcrowded restrooms in Epcot, located just outside of Soarin’. For this reason, one of my favorite restrooms in Epcot is on the upper level of the pavilion just around the corner from the Garden Grill restaurant. I have often been just one of a few people in this restroom when there is a huge line downstairs.
- Other good restroom options in Future World are in Innoventions East across and down the hall from Sum of All Thrills, to the right behind Journey Into Imagination With Figment, and in the Odyssey Center, which is a great stop before you make your way from Future World into World Showcase.
- When you get to World Showcase, the challenge of finding an uncrowded restroom definitely ratchets up. Restrooms in World Showcase often have only a couple of stalls, are located in busy restaurants, or both. The new multi-stalled restrooms in the American Adventure Pavilion indicate that Disney is aware of this shortcoming.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- “Glass blocks.” That is what a cast member recently said when I asked for the closest restrooms (and I knew exactly what he meant!). These restrooms, which have glass blocks recessed into their outside wall, are left of the Great Movie Ride, just behind the theater for the American Idol Experience and down a small set of stairs. The stairs seem to make them one of those “hidden in plain sight” restrooms, despite their convenience to the central plaza area.
- A bit closer to the park entrance are the restrooms just inside the entrance of the Hollywood Brown Derby. These restrooms are easily overlooked in the morning rush and are especially quiet before the restaurant opens.
- Another restroom that is very quiet, though mostly during the morning hours, is in the hallway connecting Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater and ABC Commissary. A door to the right of the Sci-Fi entrance provides quick access.
- If you are at the end of Streets of America when a Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show hasn’t just let out, there is a spacious and often empty restroom at the entrance to the show.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Unless a show has just let out, some of the best off-the-beaten-path restrooms in Disney’s Animal Kingdom are located close to the exit for Finding Nemo—The Musical. If you are facing the building, they are up the walkway on the right side.
- Although escaping the crowds can be a challenge in DinoLand U.S.A., the restrooms at the end of the walkway near Primeval Whirl are large enough to handle the crowds. Bonus: after experiencing DINOSAUR, you can reach these bathrooms via the Cretaceous Trail.
- Many guests don’t make it back to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, but if you do, you will find a large and generally line-free restroom at Conservation Station.
This completes my roundup of hidden restrooms at Walt Disney World. I would love to know of any other restrooms you have found to offer short or no lines—World Showcase in particular seems to be lacking in this area. In the meantime, good luck avoiding restroom lines so that you can maximize your efforts at a much more crucial (and fun) task—avoiding long lines at the attractions.