Arriving at Disneyland Park used to be simple and consistent. Part 1 of this 2-part article looked at 1955 to 1999. In the 21st Century, things became much more complicated.


Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Disneyland Signs, Part 2: Since 2000

When you are done reading, please leave your comments below.

  • Timekeeper

    One comment on the photos: Wouldn’t the credit on the ‘Open’ Katella Ave. sign and entrance be from 2008, not 2005? If it was from 2005, it would be sporting the 50th anniversary wraparound or the old ‘Disneyland in Gothic’ font followed by the ‘modern land typeface’.

    Aside from that, it’s interesting what happened from 2000 to present in the parking signs. Are you going to do a retrospective on the Hotel signs next?


    • Werner Weiss

      Yes, the photo credit was wrong. The photo is from 2008. I fixed the photo credit. Thank you!

  • JiminyCricketFan

    This was very interesting. The newer design of blue on blue just is not graphically readable. When I got to the end of the story with the better contrast on the hotel sign, it just seemed so much better. The yellow block attracts your eye, while the white makes the letters stand out. You would think that new is better, but in this case, the people making the decisions just don’t understand what is readable. The old sign was huge, with its size being the way to attract attention. The new signs, some with the small words in the middle, seem underwhelming. They are hard to read at a distance and, frankly, not exciting enough. Doing two park names also seem confusing. All of this shows how really smart the older people were when they designed the original sign.

    • Algernon

      The older people were smarter about EVERYTHING!

  • bamato

    Thanks for part two, Werner. I never noticed a lot of the subtle nuances over the years as the signs changed. I certainly do miss the original block sign with the yellow D. So nostalgic…

  • Retrolane

    IMO nothing will ever look as good as the ’58 sign. What I could never understand though was the blue lettering on a blue background. That’s graphic design 101. Don’t match your font color to the background. It doesn’t stand out and is hard to read.
    Without changing the sign again (although they should go back to the classic design) they could easily make the D yellow and the rest white which would stand out on the perferated light blue background it’s on now. Simple and a nod to the classic!

  • ScottOlsen

    Why did Disney make the parking lot map upside down! North should always be at the top!

    • Werner Weiss

      I was wondering how long it would take for someone to comment about the map with South at the top.

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Love everything about these Yesterland articles. Thank you Werner!!

  • ScottOlsen

    Ok, a question–

    The retro Disneyland Hotel appears to be a 1-sided sign since there are bushes on the other side. If so, why does it appear it also says Disneyland on the reverse?

    • Werner Weiss

      The rectangles representing letters facing toward the other side are a visual tribute to the old 1958 Disneyland sign on Harbor Blvd., which was two-sided. I like how it looks. It makes the sign more visually interesting, while still being clean and simple.

      The new Yesterland masthead on the home page also has this feature.

      Take a look Part 1 of Yesterland’s Disneyland Signs series, and you’ll see how the 1958 sign looked in 1974.

  • Randman

    Agree. There is nothing like the retro sign. It will forever mean Disneyland to me.

  • laurainwonderland

    The old Disneyland sign makes me feel happy. It says, “You’ve arrived at the Happiest Place on Earth.”