Mirror, mirror on the wall––but not at Disney World! If you’ve ever hit up the restrooms on your one of your magical trips to the House of Mouse, you probably noticed there are virtually no mirrors in Walt Disney World restrooms. So, why is that?

The design choice—that extends to almost every Disney Park across the globe—is actually more about function than curbing some kind of narcissistic tendencies. As it turns out, there are two important reasons designers decided not to install mirrors over each and every sink.

To start, restrooms are not allowed to have security cameras because of privacy issues—and rightfully so. Because they cannot be monitored as easily, Disney restrooms have fewer mirrors to help cut down on vandalism. Fewer mirrors equal fewer scratches, defacements and other acts of vandalism.

And while it’s true you won’t find them above sinks, Disney bathrooms actually do have mirrors––just not in the typical spot above the sinks. Because of the thousands of guests that utilize the park and its restrooms throughout the day, planners placed one or two large mirrors at the exit of the restroom to keep the flow of traffic moving in and out of the restrooms.

Guests don’t have to worry about getting stuck behind that one person who decides to freshen up their makeup or Minnie ears while others just want to wash their hands and get back to the magic. As packed as Disney Parks can be, the last place you want a traffic jam is in the restroom!

––Karly Wood

Feature photo: Disneyland News

 

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