A Bathroom Innovation in Tomorrowland

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Y’all, we promise not to share too many photos taken inside restrooms, but we had to show you this. One of the larger restrooms in the Magic Kingdom, the one in Tomorrowland next to Mickey’s Star Traders, has added vacant/occupied flags on the doors to make it easier to assess which stalls are available.

With just a glance, you can see how many stalls are available and where they are. Sometimes if you’re a pregnant person, or a parent with a preschooler, or have tangled with one too many Venti lattes, you want that availability information as quickly as possible.

Here’s the flag activating with a satisfying snap:

It’s the dorkiest little thing, but sometimes, if you add up enough nice dorky little things, it can tip the balance from meh vacation to good vacation or from good vacation to great vacation in ways you can’t even articulate. So kudos to Disney for making this tiny corner of the theme park experience a wee bit better.

P.S. These photos were taken in the women’s restroom. We assume that similar things are happening on the men’s side, but we’d love some verification if you’re inclined to clue us in.

Photos: Christina Harrison

Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel at DisneyWorldMoms.com, a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obession - Broadway theater. Erin can be reached on Twitter @MsErinFoster.

6 thoughts on “A Bathroom Innovation in Tomorrowland

  • June 2, 2019 at 1:50 pm
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    It looks like these are activated simply by closing the door, whether or not anyone is actually inside? If so, that’s not good.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    Looks like the signs/indicator is spring loaded putting just enough pressure on the door to keep it adjar… needs to be latched for the occupied indicator to show. Simple yet effective.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    I love it! I actually once tried to describe the level of attention to detail that Disney puts into human engineering factors by saying that if Disney had automatic faucets, they would turn on. It was a while ago, Disney didn’t have automatic faucets, and performance where you did find them was variable and frustrating. But it’s nice to know I’m not the only person who thinks of bathroom details as a measure of those little things that make or break a trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • June 3, 2019 at 7:39 am
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    “…a wee bit better….”

    Well-played.

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    • June 3, 2019 at 8:19 am
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      I’m relieved someone noticed ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • June 5, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    I wish that Disney would have you use your magic band to access the handicapped accessible stalls. Too many times I have found kids playing around in them. Or an adult who really didnโ€™t need it. In the meantime I am waiting with my daughter in her wheelchair for someone to vacate so I can get her in. And yes I know that there are disabilities that canโ€™t be seen.

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