Walt Disney World's iconic purple road signs are being replaced with an all-new look

Jan 27, 2022 in "Magic Kingdom"

New look Walt Disney World road signs 2022
Posted: Thursday January 27, 2022 10:52am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World's famous purple road signs are in the process of being replaced with a new look that follows the current design language that debuted for the 50th anniversary.

The 30 year old purple signs were famously created by the same team that produced directional signage for the 1984 Olympics in LA, Sussman/Prejza & Co.

The purple signs were designed to incorporate Disney's classic Mickey Mouse colors (red, black, and yellow), with purple as the complementary color. All planned to make the signs easy to read and help guests navigate the vast Walt Disney World property. 

The new modern signage debuting today features shades of blue and yellow, similar to those seen at the newly repainted Transportation and Ticket Center and the new gateway entrances.

There are more than 1000 signs across property, so it will likely be some time before we see all signage replaced.

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Goofy NinjaFeb 28, 2022

I know it's not the end of the world, but they will be missed.

TikibirdLandFeb 25, 2022

The finest recycled paper I could find at Walmart.

UNCgolfFeb 25, 2022

Sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds.

MisterPenguinFeb 25, 2022

And... that's not made of aluminum?

TikibirdLandFeb 24, 2022

Maybe something like this?

MisterPenguinFeb 24, 2022

Other than standard aluminum sheets, what *should* they be made of or look like?

ImperfectPixieFeb 24, 2022

Obviously. My point is that they SHOULDN'T look like that.

DisneyCaneFeb 24, 2022

They look like that because they are that!

jasminethecatFeb 24, 2022

My $0.02 is that based on the photos above from Sir_Cliff, the Disney signs are much more readable on major roads and exit ramps than the ones pictured from universal. Cute signs are only great in front of a single hotel driveway that you might drive by accidentally but putting lots of info on a cute sign is dangerous IMO. Any high contrasting color scheme will do, keeping in mind that some people are color blind or have limited vision, so contrast and readability are more important than "fashionable" colors when driving. I don't think Disney theming really needs to include signage if that theming might even cause one extra auto accident in the happiest place on earth.

Tomi-RocketFeb 24, 2022

DULL, DULL, DULL!! 👎🏻 They could have at the very least gone with the lovely colors of the 50th redesign. But so many changes are in this dull scheme…room refurbs? SNORE. 😴 Those of us that love sweet and clever Disney touches will have to wait for a regime that loves that too. I predict I’ll die 😵 before then though. ☹️

oogie boogie manFeb 24, 2022

They will be missed. I don't know how anyone could hate on them. The color scheme is way more pleasing to the eye than the new ones.

HauntedPirateFeb 22, 2022

"Everybody loves blue, like my shirt!" -

drnilescraneFeb 22, 2022

Yeah, and Disney uses that political capital appropriately. They got a carve out from that social media law after all. I'm just saying, on the ground, when it comes to safety regulation Disney will absolutely turn themselves upside down unnecessarily - such as replacing an entire highway network of signage - if they perceive that they are opening themselves up to liability by maintaining the status quo. It could even be the opposite. They decided they wanted to go blue, took another look at the regulation, and realized that the signs were way out of compliance. They changed way more than just the color scheme.

ImperfectPixieFeb 22, 2022

No disagreement there.