New look: Walt Disney World doing away with iconic purple road signs

New signs expected to be installed over next year

Signs direct motorists to the various theme parks at Walt Disney World, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11. Disney World's other two parks, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, will welcome back guests four days later. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Walt Disney World said on Thursday that it has started swapping out its iconic purple road signs for more vibrant blue and yellow ones.

Last week, drivers along Osceola Parkway began noticing and taking pictures of the first sign to be installed. The blue signs include updates that will help lead guests to the future Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel near Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as the other Walt Disney World theme parks.

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In a post online, Disney said the new signs draw inspiration from the recently refreshed Walt Disney World entrance signage that help celebrate the 50th anniversary.

Disney’s iconic purple signs have been in place since the early 1990s.

The purple signs were designed by artist and designer Deborah Sussman. According to the company website, the design team was tasked with developing a vehicular signing system that would be unique in spirit, clean, easy to follow and capable of being expanded as the area continues to grow.

Star Wars hotel sign at Walt Disney World (McReynolds)

The purple, red and yellow signs are found all over Walt Disney World, with some of them in Mickey Mouse shapes alongside the roads.

One thousand signs were installed across the resort in various forms, including large freeway signs, major and minor road signs, regulatory signs, gateways and bus graphics.

Disney said guests will see the new blue signs beginning to pop-up this year and beyond.

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.