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News Digital Tip Boards come to Disney's Animal Kingdom

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note2001

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You'd think they'd be able to blend the graphic in a bit better with the environment. Keep it readable, but make it look like paper maybe?
 

note2001

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This is funny because I was about to say that I appreciate the weathered look they gave the kiosks and I think it blends in nicely!
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It looks half done. When I say paper, I mean maybe newspaper, or whatever would suit the land the display is in. To me, as is these only fit Pandora.

Oh good God, I'm becoming one of you all, I'm becoming an armchair imagineer. What have you done to me?!
 

peter11435

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It looks half done. When I say paper, I mean maybe newspaper, or whatever would suit the land the display is in. To me, as is these only fit Pandora.

Oh good God, I'm becoming one of you all. Being overly critical. What have you done to me?!
When they installed them at MK they started with an unthemed generic display such as these and then after a little time changed them to each have a more appropriate graphic for each location.
 

zann285

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So they got rid of tip boards because of their desire to move as much to the app as possible. Now they are bringing tip boards back because... people need them? I’m confused.
These seem to be focused heavily on health And safety reminders at the moment, at least from the pictures in the article. These might be seen as replacements or supplements for the temporary signs everywhere with the COVID info. Them being digital would make it easier to update as they begin changing things in the coming months too.
 

peter11435

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These seem to be focused heavily on health And safety reminders at the moment, at least from the pictures in the article. These might be seen as replacements or supplements for the temporary signs everywhere with the COVID info. Them being digital would make it easier to update as they begin changing things in the coming months too.
This project began before Covid. MK had its new tip board displays installed before the shut down. This was part of the same initiative that brought the guest experience team. It’s just a benefit that they can now be utilized for health and safety reminders. They’re intended purpose is to permanently display wait times.
 

sullyinMT

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It looks half done. When I say paper, I mean maybe newspaper, or whatever would suit the land the display is in. To me, as is these only fit Pandora.

Oh good God, I'm becoming one of you all, I'm becoming an armchair imagineer. What have you done to me?!
It slowly happens to all of us. ;) We took our once in a lifetime trip years ago, keep coming back to WDW, and I stalk these boards like crazy until the next time we're in the gates.

I see what you mean about trying to theme the graphics and overall aesthetic, but I fall on the "keep it legible" side for accessibility. I also like the sharp contrast of the yellow text to keep it visible. This is a color scheme that likely works well through polarized sunglasses that are so necessary in the FL sun.
 

donsullivan

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For those who want more 'theming' on something like this, it's important to keep in mind the purpose of a board like this. They are meant to communicate information in as clear and precise a way as possible. They need to be distinguishable and understandable by every guest in a wide range of outdoor lighting conditions. It's needs to be legible and clear no matter your native language or age. Themed and detailed decoration will commonly detract from the clarity of the information on the board.

Who among us (at least above a certain age) hasn't gone to a restaurant where they went crazy with the fonts and theming on the menu and you can't read a blessed thing. Simple and accurate should always be the goal for something like this. The enclosure seems to be appropriately themed but clear and concise on the content is better.,
 

COProgressFan

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Interesting. They pulled these out of most parks years ago.

So they got rid of tip boards because of their desire to move as much to the app as possible. Now they are bringing tip boards back because... people need them? I’m confused.

Because people always needed them. Not every guest is staring at their phone all day (or wants to). Tip boards were always an easy way for guests to get information quickly about park status, even if they were just walking by and taking a quick glance. Taking them out was a short-sighted decision and I'm not surprised they're back, and its even better that they're in a few more locations.
 

RandySavage

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For those who want more 'theming' on something like this, it's important to keep in mind the purpose of a board like this. They are meant to communicate information in as clear and precise a way as possible. They need to be distinguishable and understandable by every guest in a wide range of outdoor lighting conditions. It's needs to be legible and clear no matter your native language or age. Themed and detailed decoration will commonly detract from the clarity of the information on the board.

Who among us (at least above a certain age) hasn't gone to a restaurant where they went crazy with the fonts and theming on the menu and you can't read a blessed thing. Simple and accurate should always be the goal for something like this. The enclosure seems to be appropriately themed but clear and concise on the content is better.,
In areas that are pre-digital (and at AK with this particular example, I admit there is room for debate on this), theme supersedes the necessity of having digital tipboards & displays everywhere. The charm/quality of park graphics/displays of yesteryear was far greater than today's (across all parks, in everything from exit signs to wait displays to menu boards) and was so for decades without digital tip boards or menu LCDs. Remember when they had someone writing wait times in chalk on 1930s Hollywood Blvd. They could have easily had a digital board all those years. That was because WDI got it back then - they actually wrote the book on it. It was the John Hench School of Design. The sum of a thousand little differences are what differentiate the very best theme parks from amusement parks. Putting hi-tech digital displays in all the pre-digital lands, replacing analog graphics, is one of those nuances that modern Disney/WDI doesn't get.

It bugs me to no end when they build a beautiful period environment and then slap a big digital wait time display on the main marquee.
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gerarar

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Don’t they have all of these around HS, especially near the GET umbrellas/kiosks?

I recall seeing them everywhere when I was there Christmas ‘19
 

peter11435

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In areas that are pre-digital (and at AK with this particular example, I admit there is room for debate on this), theme supersedes the necessity of having digital tipboards & displays everywhere. The charm/quality of park graphics/displays of yesteryear was far greater than today's (across all parks, in everything from exit signs to wait displays to menu boards) and was so for decades without digital tip boards or menu LCDs. Remember when they had someone writing wait times in chalk on 1930s Hollywood Blvd. They could have easily had a digital board all those years. That was because WDI got it back then - they actually wrote the book on it. It was the John Hench School of Design. The sum of a thousand little differences are what differentiate the very best theme parks from amusement parks. Putting hi-tech digital displays in all the pre-digital lands, replacing analog graphics, is one of those nuances that modern Disney/WDI doesn't get.

It bugs me to no end when they build a beautiful period environment and then slap a big digital wait time display on the main marquee.
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Animal kingdom is not exactly pre digital. Everything is set in the present.
 

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