PHOTOS: Additional 50th Anniversary Paint Details Added to Western Way Entrance Arch at Walt Disney World Resort

With each passing day, new paint details are added to the Western Way entrance sign. Since our last report on the progress, additional gold details have been added to the arch’s trim.


The arch’s lower trim has recently been painted gold to match the top.


A closer look shows that the bottom gold trim extends nearly to the middle of the arch, as does the top. Pinstripes had been previously added to some of the letters.


Most of the refurbishment has been taking place on the entrance’s right side.


The Western Way entrance is one of five entrances being refurbished in advance of the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary. The Magic Kingdom toll plaza also received a new paint scheme.

What do you think of the 50th Anniversary touches being added to the entrances? Add a comment to share your thoughts.

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10 months ago

I’m probably in the minority, but I hate it so much. I absolutely loved the castle and “Where Dreams Come True” banner (which I’m aware was only 14 years old), and I feel like this change is generic and ugly. There’s nothing special and magical about it. There was always a breathless, exciting quality about driving through that gate for the first time each trip. Now it doesn’t have that same magnificence. The flags were such a great detail and it felt welcoming. That moment is going to have a sadness to it now.

10 months ago
Reply to  Vanessa

This is just another example of a marketing campaign that stayed up longer than it was intended though. That tagline and branding was specific to that marketing campaign. This is a long overdue return to an evergreen look that works across the entire Resort and isn’t tied to a specific campaign (see also: Sorcerer Mickey wand and Sorcerer Mickey hat).