Amazing Signage of WDW – Animal Kingdom – Part 4

By Cory Disbrow on September 21st, 2010   |    Posted in:  Disney Photo Spotlight   |    9 Comments

Hello readers! For today’s post and part 4 of the signage series, we take a look at the signage of Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

One thing that I think is super cool about Animal Kingdom is that with the exception of Dinoland, everything seems so old and worn in. That is extremely apparent in Africa and Asia. Take for example the entrance sign to Expedition Everest. It is big and epic looking, but still looks like it’s been there for years.

I also find the directional signage in this park to be very intriguing. This is partly due to the creatures that are on some of the signs, the dragon in particular. You might ask yourself, “Why is there a dragon on this sign? There aren’t dragons in this park.” And you would be correct. But, they were in the original long term plans for the park, and thus put on the sign, even though they never made it into a land or attraction. Disney Photography Blog: history lessons and pretty pictures!

Coca-Cola is arguably the biggest sponsor at Walt Disney World, and they get their name out at every opportunity. Here in Animal Kingdom, they still have a presence, but the theme still carries through. The idea of buildings and signs that have been around forever still exists, and Coke still gets their name up, as in this very cool and authentic sign.

And finally, it’s been said in every post that Disney will stop at almost nothing to immerse their guests in the environment they’ve created. And these signs over in the seating area of the Yak and Yeti counter service area are pure evidence of that. These “advertisements” really help the guests feel like they are in an Asian village. And they also can serve as beautiful subjects forshallow depth of field for us photographers!

I hope you guys aren’t sick of seeing these great WDW details, as we’ve got one more for this series, where I’ll detail the signage at some of the resorts on property. Look for that one later this week! See ya real soon!!


  1. Rustin   |   Sep 21, 2010

    I’m a huge type nerd, and the signs of all the Disney parks are a treasure trove. Keep up this signage series. love it!

  2. Tom Bricker   |   Sep 21, 2010

    This series has made it apparent to me that you really need to start doing trip reports. If these as-of-yet-unposted-to-Flickr shots are any indication, you have a treasure trove of material sitting in the archives.

  3. Doug Saletnik   |   Sep 21, 2010

    Really excellent series, especially these great shots from the AK!

  4. Matt Pasant   |   Sep 21, 2010

    This park is so chock full of great story telling details that I just flat out miss. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Alan   |   Sep 22, 2010

    I’ve always appreciated WDW signage, but after reading your post it is quite apparent that I have overlooked the gems of Animal Kingdom. It is my least photographed park, but I’m going to have to steps to remedy that on my next trip.

    • Cory Disbrow   |   Sep 22, 2010

      Alan, AK tends to be everybody’s least photographed park. I know there are several people in the WDW Flickr community(myself included) who are taking steps to remedy that!

  6. Alan   |   Sep 22, 2010

    Well, good to hear it’s not just me. Wonder why that is the trend though because you have demonstrated there are some truly remarkable sights at AK to behold.

    Is it perhaps because it is the least trafficked(spelling?)park? Or are many of us just ‘missing the pictures’? I eagerly awaiting seeing the posts from the WDW Flickr community as they remedy this.

  7. Todd Hurley   |   Sep 23, 2010

    Great series, Cory. You really do have some gems in these detail shots. Over the past couple of years, I have warmed up to AK more and more. You can really tell it was a labor of love for Joe Rohde and Co. through all the meticulous theming and detailing.

  8. Marcio Disney   |   Jun 13, 2011



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