New World Drive Digital Sign Activated at Walt Disney World

Shannen Ace

New World Drive Digital Sign Activated at Walt Disney World

The digital sign installed over southbound World Drive at Walt Disney World Resort just last week is now on and operating.

World Drive Digital Sign

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This is the largest digital sign installed at Walt Disney World Resort so far. It spans almost the entire width of the road.

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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.

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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.

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. 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.

World Drive Construction Impact

Construction work has been ongoing around World Drive for years to improve traffic flow to and from Magic Kingdom. A new traffic ramp connecting World Drive and Floridian Way opened late last year, as part of the World Drive Expansion Project.

When part of World Drive closed for the sign to be installed, there were significant delays for anyone leaving Magic Kingdom after 10:00 p.m. We have reports of drivers being delayed by nearly two hours. Both directions were affected by the installation.

Also due to construction work on World Drive, on May 1, the Shades of Green Resort lost walking access to the monorail station at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Shades of Green guests previously opted to utilize the walkway between their resort and the monorail station. By doing this, they could catch a ride over to Magic Kingdom or EPCOT. With the walkway closure due to World Drive expansion, guests no longer have that option. This is a permanent change. The resort transportation around Walt Disney World is now provided exclusively by a separate fleet of buses that shuttle guests to and from the Transportation and Ticket Center, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney’s Blizzard Beach.

Take a look at some of our other coverage on the World Drive Expansion Project below:

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  • Shannen Michaelsen

    Shannen has been a Disney Parks fan and lover of dogs since childhood, despite Pluto's attempt to eat Shannen's Minnie Mouse doll the first time they met. They've made up now. You can email Shannen at shannen@wdwnt.com.