Finally Friday Blog - Drugs Can Kill, Part 2. Now Online! WOE Complex - Zipvators - Cool Way to Travel & Respites - Unbelievable Men's Bathrooms!
Hello, Fellow WOE Friends,
It's finally Friday! This Sunday, we are attending the local Renaissance Festival for Jennifer's birthday. I will share with you some pictures and write a few comments on Monday.
I hope all of you in the icy areas are surviving. I look forward to our trips back to Florida. Speaking of Florida, we will be there next weekend for Jennifer's birthday - part 2. (the Ren. Fest was a last minute suggestion). She loves it so much. I personally think it's overpriced for what you get, but it's something she loves.
The WOE Short Story; Drugs Can Kill - Part 2. is now online. Click the below ad to start reading or go to the WOE Short Stories section.
I included a new poster from HR.
Below are two excerpts from the WOE Story that are fun! The first describes the Zipvator, a form of transportation used for three of the onsite hotels.
The next is the world famous Respites. You've never been in a men's bathroom like this!
I hope you enjoy it!
WOE Zipvators - From Chapter 4.
I explain how we travel from the Family Hotel to the WOE Complex.
Getting to the Complex is easy and fun. Hotel Family, Hotel Couples, and Mayberry Town utilize a transportation system using Zipvators. These glass elevator type vehicles not only go up and down but side-to-side. They connect on a track that extends out from the balconies. There are 28 Zipvator stations in the Atrium; one on each side of the rectangle shape complex, and on each floor (excluding the Magic Water Park). You walk to the nearest station and step onto the Zipvator platform, which extends about 5 feet into the Atrium.
You press the call button and just like an elevator, if one is already there, the door will open. If not, then one will arrive shortly. We pushed our call button and waited a moment for one to arrive. Once the Zipvator door opened, we stepped inside, and the door closed. Each Zipvator can hold up to 25 people. There were already guests inside when it picked us up. It then moved over and down two floors to pick up a few more guests. Then it headed to the second floor and started gliding along the wall through the hotel atrium. When it reached the end of the atrium, the Zipvator slowed and then connected to the Complex track. It then started heading to the Complex. There are three tracks the Zipvators can run on to go to and from the Complex, so Zipvators are passing you the opposite direction as you’re going along. Once we started heading over, we heard an announcement that we were now heading to the World of Entopia Complex.
We couldn't believe how cool this was. Within seconds, we were outside the hotel atrium and traveling about 20 mph, 30 feet above the ground, toward the Complex. The tracks outside the hotel are all surrounded by an air-conditioned acrylic tube. We heard announcements about special shows occurring and their times for that day. After about 20 seconds we could see the Complex. It is massive in size, and I mean massive! Think the Pentagon-size massive. The closer we got, the bigger it got. In my last visits, I would travel to the Complex from the Daily Visitor Hub and didn't really see how big this place was from the outside. As we were about to dock, we heard the announcement everyone loves to hear, “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the World of Entopia Entertainment Complex.” The Zipvator pulls into the Hotel Family Zipvator Station inside the Complex, which is in between the Continents and the Fun Town USA Hub.
If this is your first time seeing the inside of the Complex, you will undoubtedly stand there in awe for at least 10 minutes. Think of seeing the Grand Canyon, Times Square, Vegas at night, or Niagara Falls day or night. Overwhelming, with millions of lights and so much to try and take in. The State Fair section is what you see when you arrive as a daily visitor or as we did as a hotel guest. The State Fair is the central section, under a dome that is covered with solar panels and lit with millions of LED lights. Remember how the hotel atrium was considered vast? Well, multiply that by 3 just for the State Fair section.
If you wish to go to the Harmony Theater, you can take the Circle Shuttle, which travels around the perimeter of the State Fair on top of buildings for The Continents, Fun Town USA, Show Town and The Dark Room. Or take the moving sidewalk, which takes you right to the Welcome Center and Harmony Theater Hub. Both are steps away from where the Zipvator dropped us off. If you wish to go to the ground floor, you take an escalator down and then you can walk to Funtown USA (on the right), the Continents (slightly to the left and behind the escalator), or the State Fair (50 feet to the left).
WOE Respites - From Chapter 5.
The WOE has six highly-themed restrooms called Respites. Each Respite offers a unique and pleasant experience compared to traditional restrooms found in most theme parks and concert halls. There is one located in each section of the Complex and the Harmony Theater. They are The State Fair, Show Town, the Dark Room, Fun Time USA, the Continents and the Harmony Theater. Besides each Respite being themed to their section, there are several other benefits. One is the sheer size and number of stalls for women. The Harmony Theater Respite is divided into four sections and can accommodate 2,500 women at a time. All of them will be open for a full capacity show of 25,000 people. Each Respite for men and women has rows of stalls with their own queue lines. The stalls have doors from floor to ceiling, completely enclosed, ventilated and cooled. Each has an LED light and number hanging from the ceiling outside the stall, which tells the next in line when and where the stall is available. Each stall has wipes, hand sanitizer, plush toilet paper, garbage cans, music, and magazines. There is also a phone to call a Respite Assistant in case there is a problem, or “special need.” The respite assistant can help with female hygiene or even bring you a bag and a disposable pair of underwear. They are very discreet, and those in the queue don't know if someone is having a problem, because they can't see the stalls in the queue line. They just wait until a number is called, then they turn a corner and walk to the stall with the green light and the number that was just called. Sometimes, guests may become sick from the rides, and the attendant can help them. It’s wonderful!
There are plenty of sinks with push pedals on the floor to operate the water and soap dispensers. Each has paper towels, not the ear damaging hand dryers. The Women’s Respite has a separate area for make-up and even has an attendant there to help with basic supplies, all free, and no tipping. There are also disposable toothbrushes and toothpaste dispensers. Each also has a lounge for making phone calls or relaxing for a few minutes. But here’s the really cool factor; The Men’s Respite has themed urinals. Yes, themed to the section you are in. For the State Fair, the urinals are walled off from floor to ceiling, each with a curtain to provide privacy; each has a green light and number, just like the stalls. There are two lines in the queue: One to “sit” and one to “stand.” But when you go into the urinal stall, there is no ordinary urinal, there is no wall in front of you. Instead, you get to look at a giant midway carnival themed game. The view is about 75 feet wide and 30 feet long and is lit up like in a carnival game, with moving objects, clowns going up and down and chickens going across. I’ve never seen anything like this, and it sure makes going to the bathroom fun. Believe me, the women are jealous. The other section’s Respites have similar urinal designs, but with different themes. All these Respites are cleaned continually, and there are never any odors, as the ventilation system is remarkable.
Thanks for reading!
Hope you all have a fun weekend! Until next time,