PHOTOS: New Digital Sign Installed Along Buena Vista Drive Near Disney’s Riviera Resort

Justin Giglio

PHOTOS: New Digital Sign Installed Along Buena Vista Drive Near Disney’s Riviera Resort

A new digital sign has been installed along Buena Vista Drive near Disney’s Riviera Resort. The colorful traffic signs around Walt Disney World are gradually being replaced by digital signage.

New Digital Sign Near Disney’s Riviera Resort

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We were driving westbound on Buena Vista Drive when we noticed this sign had been installed. It stands at the intersection of Buena Vista Drive and Esplanade Ave; the intersection where motorists turn left to enter Disney’s Riviera Resort.

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Orange and blue marker flags dot the grass in the median. These flags are indicators for construction crews of what utilities can be found underground. An orange utility flag typically stands for phone and telecommunication lines, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduits, and fiberoptics. A blue utility flag typically stands for potable (drinking) water.

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This section of Buena Vista Drive runs between Disney’s Riviera Resort and the back side of EPCOT. Just beyond the treeline on the driver’s right-hand side is the back of World Showcase. As you continue westbound you’ll find directional signage that directs motorists to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and the EPCOT Resort area.

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While this new digital sign is not yet active, it appears that its construction is complete. It could be utilized for a variety of purposes. We are guessing they may be implemented for traffic updates, park status updates, or even as digital exit signs.

Other Walt Disney World Digital Signage Installations

Over the past year, we’ve been seeing the old purple and red exit signs from the 1990s being replaced with blue and gold signage. Now, we are starting to see the addition of digital signs being installed around the Walt Disney World Resort.

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This digital sign was installed over southbound World Drive at Walt Disney World Resort earlier this month. This is the largest digital sign installed at Walt Disney World Resort so far. It spans almost the entire width of the road.

It’s on the road between Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. Now that it’s on, it informs guests that all three lanes lead to the EPCOT Resort Area, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The side of the screen points to the next right for EPCOT and Disney Springs.

The stripes across the digital screen only show up in photos, and they are easier to read in person. The display has a blue background. Most of the words are white, but “All three lanes” is in yellow. “Next right” is on a bright yellow rectangle with a white arrow.

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In late March, a new digital sign was installed on World Drive North near the Blizzard Beach and Animal Kingdom Resort area exit. In February, we reported that another new digital sign popped up at the end of the ramp from Buena Vista Drive to World Drive, just before the EPCOT exit.

The digital signs will make it easier for Disney to update directions during road closures, construction, and other changes.

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