A couple weeks ago, my girlfriend and I flew to Orlando, Florida to spend some time with my father. Since he works for Disney, we took a day and hopped through a few of the parks for free. I hadn’t been to Magic Kingdom since I was a kid. It’s odd how you see things differently as an adult. Not unexpected, just odd.
When I was a kid, Disney was gradiose, the characters larger-than-life (literally), and this place was where all my dreams came true for a day. Now, I focus on different things, my awareness and perception are different, and my expectations much lower. The heat and high humidity might have had something to do with it. I kept thinking how miserably hot and sweaty those poor chaps inside the heavy Mickey and Pluto costumes must have been. Maybe they use ice packs or portable air conditioners inside those things.
Despite having a hard time thinking about all the money these families were spending on their vacations, I still had fun. The funnel cake was good, Space Mountain was still a blast, the Haunted Mansion still wowed with its illusions of dancing ghosts, and walking down Main Street brought back memories. Sadly, we never made it to Pirates of the Caribbean, my favorite ride there.
At some point in the middle of our day, I became obsessed with all the signage and type everywhere, and started snapping photos of it. I wasn’t as rigorous as I could have been, and we were only in Magic Kindom for half a day anyway, so my collection is nowhere as complete as this big list of type spotted at Disney World. But nonetheless, my geeky design souvenir of the visit: Disney Signage.