In a place as large as Walt Disney World, there would be utter confusion if it weren't for signs. There are signs all over, telling you where to go, how to get there, where you are, what to do, what not to do, what to eat, and how much it costs, among other things.
Being Disney, these aren't your ordinary signs. Everything is themed to the surrounding environment, or colorfully decorated, or just plain amusing. Looking at the signs becomes almost as interesting as seeing the sights that the signs direct you to.
Here are just a few examples of signs found around Walt Disney World.
Large signs such as this one mark the entrances to Disney property when guests arrive at Walt Disney World.
This sign found in the Magic Kingdom's Town Square contains Roy O. Disney's dedication of Walt Disney World from October 25, 1971.
Found underneath Main Street Station at the Magic Kingdom, these signs along with two on the opposite wall give some history of the locomotives of the Walt Disney World Railroad.
This brass plaque marks one entrance to the Emporium off Town Square in the Magic Kingdom.
Guests walk underneath this sign as they enter Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom, with its spears, carved masks, and headdresses.
This Jungle Cruise sign is made of a barnacle-covered piece of a boat, as well as a broken oar, hopefully not causing guests too much worry about their upcoming excursion.
Iago and Zazu are depicted taking over the sign of The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management.
A parrot sings "Yo Ho Yo Ho" at the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom.
Brer Rabbit dreams about running away at the entrance to Splash Mountain.
This sign for the Walt Disney World Railroad's Frontierland Station is interesting in that none of the locomotives have the wheel arrangement pictured on the sign.
Crates of tea and barrels of gunpowder help transport guests back to the American Revolution at the entrance to Liberty Square.
Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and John fly past the Clock Tower of London at the entrance to Peter Pan's Flight in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland.
Mickey Mouse strikes a pose as a conductor atop the entrance to the Mickey's Philharmagic in Fantasyland.
This retro-futuristic looking sign blends in with the architecture of Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom.
One side of the signs along the walkway between Tomorrowland and Mickey's Toontown Fair have a Tomorrowland logo.
The other side of the signs along the Tomorrowland-Mickey's Toontown Fair walkway have a Mickey's Toontown Fair logo.
When Mickey's Toontown Fair first opened, the area was named Mickey's Birthdayland, and the setting was Duckburg (Population - "bill"ions and still growing), the town from the Donald Duck comic books.
The sign for The Living Seas has always been enjoyable because of the waves crashing up around the rocks, occasionally taking guests by surprise.
The entrance to The Land, before the addition of Soarin', featured a sign surrounded by palm trees.
This sign for the later versions of Epcot's Imagination pavilion feature a colorful design that matches the building colors.
The entrance to Honey I Shrunk the Audience features a recreation of the shrinking ray.
Misson: Space at Epcot has a sign featuring a spaceship passing a spinning earth.
The entrance to Epcot's MouseGear shop includes Mickey Mouse shaped gears, mirroring the decor inside the shop.
The sign at the Disney-MGM Studios' Magic of Disney Animation attraction attempted to convey the movements of Mickey up the filmstrip.
At Endor Vendors (now Tatooine Traders) at the Disney-MGM Studios, the sign featured a crashed speeder bike from Return of the Jedi, with the store's name made of parts from the crashed bike.
The Hollywood Tower Hotel sign eerily changes to read The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
While waiting in line for MuppetVision 3D at the Disney-MGM Studios, guests have a chance to read humorous signs courtesy of Muppet Labs.
At Animal Kingdom, several bills are posted near this restroom in the village of Harambe.
This elaborate sign lets guests know that they have arrived at the village of Anandapur in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom.
This sign in Animal Kingdom's Dinoland area, while not for a particular attraction, gets much humor from the land's main sponsor.
The sign marking the entrance to Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney features characters from Toy Story, as well as Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, Play-Doh, Scrabble tiles, and Tonka trucks.
The Tri-Circle D Ranch at Fort Wilderness is home to the horses that pull the streetcars on Main Street. This somewhat simple sign illustrates where the ranch gets its name.
Even instructional signs at Walt Disney World can be interesting, such as this one where Mickey shows the proper way to put on a life vest.
Engineer Mickey rushes to a job while talking on his cell phone in this construction sign.
- Story and photos by Steve Burns
Posted May 25, 2006
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