College GameDay announces 11th hour change for Week 0 at Disney World
When ESPN’s “College GameDay” first announced its Week 0 location in Orlando ahead of the Florida-Miami game, the popular pregame show drew a critical reaction when organizers said fan signs wouldn’t be allowed. Now the show has reversed course.
“Supporting the time-honored tradition of handheld signs during “College GameDay” broadcasts, we are making an exception for Guests to bring college football signs to Magic Kingdom Park on Aug. 24 only,” ESPN said in a statement. “Signs are only permitted in the broadcast viewing area until noon. After the broadcast, signs may be recycled in the park or returned to a vehicle or resort room.”
The show will air on location from 9 a.m. to noon ET from Disney World’s Magic Kingdom atop the elevated Main Street Train Station, not at the Camping World Stadium where the game will be played.
Valid theme park admission is still required, but there are additional regulations to note.
According to the network, “Signs must be handheld (no poles, sticks or extensions) and may not contain commercial, derogatory, vulgar or political content. Blank signs or dry erase boards will not be permitted. Signs may not exceed 3’ x 5’ in size. Guests bringing signs to the park will not be able to board the Epcot and Resort Monorail and will be screened at the Transportation and Ticket Center or the Magic Kingdom bus loop. Signs are subject to approval and may not be allowed.”
The original announcement pointed to Disney World rules that prohibit flags, banners, signs, horns, whistles, large megaphones and artificial noise makers.