In the years to come, when I reflect on my most recent trip to Walt Disney World (January 3-7, 2010) I’ll probably think of the bathroom at the rear of EPCOT’s Imagination pavilion.
Perhaps I should explain: it’s no secret that the first two weeks of January saw record cold throughout most of the United States, including Florida. Of course, when I planned my weeklong Disney vacation for the first week of January, I figured that we’d have mild weather; morning lows in the 40s with highs in the mid-60s to low 70s. I definitely did not plan on record cold temperatures, and as a native Floridian I’m not very well adapted to them. Nor is Walt Disney World.
I found this out the hard way early in the afternoon of January 4. I popped into the Imagination pavilion’s gift shop to pick up some Figment merchandise before our lunchtime reservation at Le Cellier, and while I was there I decided to visit the restroom. Normally, I like the restroom at the rear of the Imagination pavilion. It's never crowded because not many people know it's there, and since I prefer little or no human interaction during my restroom experience that's a big plus for me. However, the windy, frigid-as-Kate Gosselin weather highlighted an important design flaw in the Imagination restrooms: their lack of front doors. In the warmer months, this isn't much of a problem since the air-conditioning system is robust enough to keep the worst of the heat out. However, the heating system is obviously not as powerful because there was virtually no difference in temperature from the outside to the inside. Not only that, but the faucets were only dispensing cold water. So it was that, at the dawn of the second decade of the 21st century, I found myself freezing my butt off in a restroom at a place called Future World.
While we’re on the subject of the Imagination pavilion, I think it’s very interesting that its gift shop sells all manner of Figment merchandise (including a t-shirt that features both Figment and Dreamfinder) but no Dr. Nigel Channing merchandise.
Just thought I’d point that out.