Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hidden Gems: Secret Bathroom

In light of Disneyland's new "Fantasy Faire" attraction (review to come soon), I'm going to reminisce upon an old favorite of mine that no longer exists. If you've been to Disneyland within the past several months, you've no doubt noticed the construction going on in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Well, they've finally completed Fantasy Faire, a village courtyard where guests can experience a magical meeting with their favorite Disney princess. But most older Disney guests will remember it as Carnation Plaza Gardens, a fun dance floor that frequently held dance parties. By night, live bands would play to swinging couples and guests who loved to dance after a fun day at Disneyland. Even Walt Disney himself adored the plaza and would love to dance there. But by day, the plaza was a bleak, dimly-lit dinner stage that was often empty. That made it the perfect spot for a secret room.

Okay, so it's not so secret anymore. Thanks to the internet and word-of-mouth, this hidden gem became little more than a discreet washroom behind the terrace near Fantasyland. Next to the cast-members only gate, if you walked around and behind the stone wall you'd find a secret family restroom. It was one of the first restrooms to feature new technologies like motion-sensor sinks (now used in most restrooms) and was handicap-accessible. Most guests who knew about it favored the secret bathroom due to its private location and the thrill in finding a hidden location. There are reports that the Disneyland Secret Bathroom has been moved, but I'll have to see for myself. In the meantime, enjoy the Fantasy Faire attraction that replaced it. Maybe we'll see another hidden restroom sometime soon.

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