Posts Tagged ‘Main Street’

Disneyland Tour: Main Street restrooms

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Disneyland Tour: Main Street restrooms

The Main Street restrooms (technically Disneyland Main Street Town Square West Guest Restrooms M and F) are some of the largest in the park. They’re adorned in turn-of-the-20th-century style, with newfangled flush toilets, lead-pipe plumbing, attendants who will actually smile at a nickel tip, and (for the ladies) corset stands and baby-changing stations with cloth diapers and pins.

When Disneyland first opened in 1955, this location was a small stage on which musical numbers and short humorous skits were performed. The park did not have any restrooms at that time because Walt Disney thought that such base facilities were not “magical” and tended to detract from the park’s overall show. “Nobody comes to Disneyland to go to the bathroom,” he is rumored to have complained, to which his wife is said to have replied, “The park can survive a little reality. Give it a restroom” (from which we get the phrase “give it a rest.”)

Coming up next: Firehouse [check]

Disneyland Tour: The view down Main Street

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Disneyland Tour: The view down Main Street

Looking down Main Street, it’s impossible not to feel drawn deeper into the park by the majestic majesty of Sleeping Beauty castle. For reasons known only to himself and his psychotherapist, Walt Disney referred to such visually compelling structures as “weenies.”

As originally constructed, Disneyland had a weenie for each land visible from the park’s hub. Fantasyland had the castle, Tomorrowland had a massive moon rocket, Frontierland had the Mark Twain sailing the Rivers of America, and Adventureland had a rock in front of a public restroom. Over the years, only Tomorrowland’s weenie has been updated (currently, the Astro Orbitor obscures the view of the Observatron which replaced the Rocket Jets that blocked the view of the moon rocket that has been replaced with a scale reproduction of itself).

Such tricks of crowd psychology were (and are) very important to Disneyland planning. For example, did you know that:

  • Disney emergency vehicles are slightly off red so as not to induce as much panic.
  • On days when the park is particularly crowded, cast members are required not to yell “Fire!” if there isn’t one and they’re not setting off a cannon.
  • The water in the Rivers of America is dyed red so that when it reflects the sky it appears a calming green.
  • Rooflines are set atop buildings so that guests have to look up to see them.
  • Every cast member has his or her own distinct scent.
  • Churros seen in mirrors may be larger than they appear.

Coming up next: City Hall

Shermans’ window

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Last week, the Sherman brothers were honored with their own window on Disneyland’s Main Street. The Sherman’s are — in case you are deaf, are one of those heathens who prefers Magic Mountain, or have forgotten — the creators of such classic Disneyland songs as “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room,” “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” and “It’s a Small World.”

Their window reads, “Sherman Brothers Trepanation. You Can’t Get Us Out of Your Head.”