Unlike many of the attractions throughout Walt Disney World, my job at the Wildlife Express Train was extremely safety conscious. This was for very valid reasons, as riders could get severely injured if they did not follow safety protocols. One way we enforced these safety rules was through the use of yellow painted lines, which were painted at various locations on both platforms.
In fact, these yellow lines are a common safety tactic used throughout Disney. And they all mean the same thing: do not cross them! Talking about and explaining these lines were a daily occurrence at my job, as they were crucial to protecting guests.
I think yellow was used because it is a bright a visualize cue, saying “Hey, don’t step here!” Or maybe it is a nod to The Wizard of Oz. Who knows?! Nonetheless, the point is for guests to not step over it, ha! Plus, by using the same color, the lines promote consistency. Essentially, Disney is training its guests to be aware of the yellow lines and know their meaning. (FYI: If you see masking tape on the ground, they mean the same thing as a yellow line!)
You have no idea how many times I had to remind guests to “please do not step over the yellow line” or “wait to unfold your strollers until you have crossed the yellow line.” On more than one occasion, I had guests get angry or frustrated with this rule. However, we enforced it because it protected guests from harm. So if you want to be an awesome guest, seriously please don’t cross them, haha!
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