SATURDAY SIX Presents: Introducing The Disney Signage HALL OF SHAME

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This week’s SATURDAY SIX introduces the DISNEY SIGNAGE HALL OF SHAME! Over the years we have had many nominees for the annual Theme Park Turkey of the Year awards, but one area in the theme park world that we haven’t been able to dedicate as much time as we’ve wanted to is signage. That’s right, the ubiquitous signs across property that let us all know where we are going. Some signs are more special than others though, and for those signs we have created the inaugural Disney Signage Hall of Shame.

# 6 – Signage HALL OF SHAME Criteria

There are many ways that a Disney sign can transcend its regular use and be considered for the prestigious Hall of Shame, so we’ll start off with some examples of what it takes.

As a regular practitioner of typos, I appreciate a sign that has a glaring typo despite the fact that several people must have signed off on it before it was printed and put up in the park or Disney Springs.

I before E except after C unless it’s at Disney in which case the I comes before AND after the E.

Signs that are decals which aren’t centered correctly.

“Good enough.” (photo by @krismeetsworld)

Signs that are almost impossible to read.

Imagine being more than three inches away from this sign and trying to read it. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Signs that appear to have been written by Dunder Mifflin’s own Michael Scott.

The Fairy Godmother does not approve. (photo by Dom Hodgson)

Common sense signs.

Odd signs.

photo by Mark Diba
(photo by Mark Diba)

The rare occasions when the Disney Outlet Stores make an appearance inside the parks…

See what happens when bloggers don’t take sporks home with them on the sly like in Galaxy’s Edge? (photo by Tom Hanks’ thrift store buddy @JLap64

Or signs that are just plain bonkers.

Arrow pointing the wrong way? Simple fix for that… (photo by @DreamfinderGuy)

 

# 5 – Hotel Signage

When leaving a park, guests taking bus transportation need to find out the location of where to go for the bus traveling to their resort. During runDisney races, similar signs are put up directing runners where to go. For our first sign, we have the Disney hotel Art OR Animation.

Hey, at least it wasn’t Boredwalk or Pork Orleans. (photo by @FairestRunofAll)

Recently we’ve seen a sign for the All Start Resorts.

Disney Springs. (photo by @seabasealison)

We sent out the pros to get a glamour shot of the “All Start Resorts” sign, but by the next morning Disney was already on it.

 (photo by @Blog_Mickey)
Johnny on the spot. (photo by @Blog_Mickey)

Our favorite piece of Disney hotel signage actually comes from the Grand Opening of Disney’s new Riviera Resort. The space saving rooms came with a highly touted “trundle” bed. Well, almost immediately one of the trundle beds fell of the wall. So Disney went to every room and put up a sign saying not to use the bed. The painter’s tape was a nice touch and adds to the overall aesthetic of the room.

(photo by Len Testa)
Dying to know what the alternative accommodations would be. (photo by Len Testa)

 

# 4 – Disney is closed

Regular readers of this fine blog series should know that every single month for the last six and a half years we have been covering the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. These stores are owned and operated by Disney, with actual Cast Members working the store. There are two Disney Character Warehouse stores in Orlando. One is located on Vineland Ave., close to Disney Springs. The other is located at the end of International Drive, close to the Universal Orlando Resort. People often ask me if there is a difference between the two stores and the main difference is SIZE. The Character Warehouse on Vineland is much bigger than the one on I-Drive. The reason for this is that the Character Warehouse on I-Drive gave up half their space (or more) to a Panera Bread that opened a couple years ago. When the Character Warehouse was ready to reopen after refurbishment, they posted the following sign on the door.

What makes the above sign extra special to me is that is wasn’t even written on a new piece of paper!

 

# 3 – The Bathroom Sign in Pandora

There aren’t enough glowing words I can use to describe Pandora: The World of Avatar in Animal Kingdom. The details throughout the land are incredible. Satu’li Canteen is an E-Ticket quick-service restaurant. Like many, Flight of Passage immediately became my favorite Disney attraction, with one of the best queues in Walt Disney World (if not THE best). However, when Pandora first opened, guests were noticing something a little unusual inside the queue…

via Facebook

Now, despite many guests having similar stories, there was still a part of the Disney Community (many of which who run sites with the words “WDW” or “Disney” in the name) who vehemently denied this was happening. Then something really amazing happened. Disney put signs out in front of Flight of Passage alerting guests there were no bathrooms in the queue. This is interesting because Disney hasn’t done this for any other attraction. Over the years plenty of rides have had extremely long waits, especially attractions when they are new or during next level bananas crowd times like New Years Eve. Yet not a single one of those attractions has ever had a sign alerting people there is no bathroom in queue.

Sign at Flight of Passage. (photo by Blog Mickey)
#confirmed (photo by Blog Mickey)

Did the signs solve the problem? Well, not exactly…

BREAKING NEWS: Immediately after the posting of this article, DISNEY OPENED BATHROOMS IN THE FLIGHT OF PASSAGE QUEUE.

In what may be foreshadowing of what will be expected in Disney E-Ticket attractions in the future, mid-queue bathrooms were recently opened at Flight of Passage.

(photo courtesy of BlogMickey.com)
Mid-queue bathrooms at Flight of Passage. (photo by Blog Mickey)
(photo courtesy of BlogMickey.com)
Inside the Flight of Passage bathrooms. (photo by Blog Mickey)

 

# 2 – Epoct

There’s typos and then there are typos. This is the latter.

Epoct. (photo by Blog Mickey)

Believe it or not, after the infamous Epoct sign, another major typo occurred on a road sign. This time it was for Amimal Kingdom.

(photo by Blog Mickey)

Although at this point, it may just be easier to change the name of the park….

# 1 – Wax Been Done

Our all time favorite sign at Walt Disney World was spotted at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Grammar aside, what takes this sign to the highest levels is that is appears to be floating in air. Granted that is just the effect of the tape used, but we still love that this sign seems otherworldly.

Wax Been Done. (photo by @runtheimpossible)

 

Honorable Mention – Don’t think we haven’t noticed you over there UNIVERSAL

While Disney has its infamous signs, over at the Universal Orlando Resort we have the Curious Case Of the Missing Letters….

SAPPH__ FA___ RE___T. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aventura Hotel, we leave off the “L” for savings! (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Not exactly the WELCOME sign you expect. (photo by @caitlizgrace)

Apparently not wanting Universal to be the only missing letter place in town, Disney had their own.

Disney Gimmick Infringment (photo by @FiBelleFi)

In response, Universal took it up a notch and added an apostrophe where one wasn’t needed. This is a level of gamesmanship we haven’t seen since Disney fast-tracked MGM Studios in response to the opening of Universal Studios Florida.

So Uni ADDS unnecessary stuff in game of one-upmanship (photo by @bioreconstruct)

 

So there you have it: The innaugural class of the Disney Signage HALL OF SHAME! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).

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SATURDAY SIX SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: An in-depth look at theme park photography

Special Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.

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In the fine tradition of misquoting Walt Disney on a paper plate..… (photo by @CptnSkippy)

7 thoughts on “SATURDAY SIX Presents: Introducing The Disney Signage HALL OF SHAME

  • December 14, 2019 at 10:02 am
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    Water Cups will melt if used for hot coffee or other hot drinks

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  • December 14, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    I would point out that the ‘All Start Resorts” photo was at stop #11 and your follow-up photo was at stop #12. Although, I’m still sure DS was Johnny-on-the-spot in fixing that.

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  • December 14, 2019 at 12:43 pm
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    We came, we saw…we concurred.
    As always, a joy to read. Thank you.

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  • December 15, 2019 at 5:26 am
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    When the Fantasyland expansion was opened in Magic Kingdom, there were purple signs on the walls in the new restrooms next to Gaston’s that warned guests about the use of reclaimed water in the restroom and that they should not drink it. The “Did they really need a sign to for that?” situation was the fact that the signs were placed on the wall above the urinals in the men’s restroom.

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  • December 15, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Love how your mocking – good naturedly – of the misspellings caused you to create one of your own! And in italics, no less. Bravo!

    Next week Disney Careers will post Official Sign Checker …

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  • December 15, 2019 at 9:23 am
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    I also wondered if the misspelt word in your blog was a typo or intended. I often spot typos on signs but do nothing about it. If my mother saw typos in shop windows she would go in and tell them – but then perhaps that was the whole purpose of the typo signs! I sometimes wonder if the Disney and universal typos are on purpose to get us all taking about them lol. Just checking my spellings before I submit this – haha

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  • December 18, 2019 at 11:28 am
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    I’m guessing your misspelling of “unecessary” was intentional? 🙂

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