Blink, blink. Breathe, breathe. Day in, day out.
Am I just Dreaming, or do I remember There being a picture of the WDW road entrance of 1971 or so with just a single small sign in the grass? Does anyone have a picture?
WOW that bring back memories of my first visit to WDW in 1972 fresh out of the serviceHere's a photo of the old parking entrance from 1972.
Another photo from the 80s (this location is where the current Walt Disney World entrance is located)
Bonus Picture: Entrance to the Walt Disney World Preview Center
Pretty sure those original signs were in line with standard road signs of the times. Even today many tourist destinations, state parks, etc. are designated with similar brown signs.
The topiaries were amazing--- my last visit in 2019 is it me they don't seem to have as many as they used too?
Here's some old photos around the TTC featuring the topiariesI remember how magical it was. We would be driving down I-4 then onto US-192, then the turn onto World Drive. You sensed you were in WDW already, which was what Walt wanted to achieve. HIghway clutter, billboards, and electric poles and wires disappear. Green signs become brown. Signs for the AM station with info. So we tuned to it and are listening to the magic in our car. Then the driving plaza, topiaries, TTC, boat or monorail to MK. Finally entering and seeing the castle coming onto Main Street. Yep. That's how you build up anticipation.
You need to get to more national parks. Walt Disney World's initial plans were akin to a manmade national park, therefore the signage reflected what National Parks use. You have Deborah Sussman to thank for the purple, red, black and white design of the current signs.
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