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Hand Washing Tips from Disney’s Epcot

By Mark D. Roberts | Friday, March 13, 2009

A couple of days ago I made my first visit to Epcot, one of the four theme parks in Disney World, Florida. I was impressed by the overall experience. As always, Disney’s attention to detail is extraordinary. But I’ve never seen a sign quite like one I spied in a men’s restroom. Check out these hand washing tips, provided by Brawny (the paper towel people).

Now that’s helpful, don’t you think? After all, thousands of men each year must stand at the sink in the men’s room without any idea of what to do next. Then, after they use soap and water, with dripping hands, they look for one of those ecologically-sound, electricity-burning, noise-polluting, hand-drying machines. But none are to be found! What to do??? Not to worry, though. Brawny has the solution: “Dry hands thoroughly using paper towels.” Ah, if only all of life were always this simple!

P.S. In case you’re interested, there similar instructions were not supplied by the toilet paper vendor.

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8 Responses to “Hand Washing Tips from Disney’s Epcot”

  1. Thomas Buck Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 2:19 am

    It strikes me how many men don’t even wash their hands - and I’m out in public shaking hands with these people. EEEwwwww! Maybe I’ll revive hat-tipping as a greeting.


  2. Mark Roberts Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 5:20 am

    Tom: Well, maybe Brawny and Disney are trying to rectify this problem.

  3. Fireproof DVD giveaway Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 7:25 am

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  4. steve Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Again, you almost nearly went to the potty humor.

  5. Tim Cook Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I wonder if the Ladies Room contains such instructions. Did you ask Linda??

    Tim Cook

  6. Robert Swedberg Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Sorry I can’t be there in Orlando to instruct you on the use of our amenities. Melissa told me you all had a nice time last night, and I really wish I could have been there. Also, I do hope you remember to lower the seat after use. Love to you and your wonderful family! Bob

  7. DJRoberts Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Funny. Yesterday at a Wendy’s restaurant in Blackstone, VA (in route for prison ministry) I saw the sign in the men’s room stating “Employees must wash hands before returning to work”. I could not help but think: “What kind of people to they hire anyway?” and “What has happened to the generations coming up?” Growing up I was taught to wash my hands after using the restroom and no signs were needed to remind me - I knew!
    Doesn’t seem to be just the young people either. Cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been washing my hands in a men’s room only to see someone leave the urinal or a stall and go straight to the door. I’ve wanted to shout - “Don’t you DARE touch that without washing your hands ’cause I’ve got to tough the handle too!”
    ABC should do a special with a camera mounted to catch the sinks and bathroom doors so the number of men that walk by the sink to the door will be aired.
    According to my wife - woman are even worse about it.

  8. Mark Baker-Wright Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Reminds me of a somewhat similar (but not corporately-sponsored) sign I saw over a sink a few months ago. The main difference was that it also told hand-washers that they should spend at least 15 seconds in the endeavor with the helpful hint that one could achieve the desired length of time by humming “Happy Birthday to You” two times through….


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