I love how the Disney folks visually tell a story seamlessly. In their parks they do it better than anybody without a doubt. But these same story telling skills are used throughout their resorts as well. We are staying at the moderately priced Port Orleans - Riverside. It's our personal favourite. The big signs out by the road is impressive but the sign and theme work extends through every aspect of the resort. Even though it is a moderate priced property they have gone all out. I especially enjoy the main restaurant sign. An entire boat structure is suspended over the eating area with the name on the rudder. The walls are lined with all the boat wrights specialty tools. Napkin holders are small toolboxes, complete with the hand wipes stuffed in.
In the cafeteria area the fabulous signs and theme work continue with the beverage dispensary area under a complete, working cotton bailing press, actually operated by the giant waterwheel outside. The food stations are all digital these days but surrounded by awesome millwork of the period.
No detail is overlooked, and even the washroom signs are dimensional. While most companies would stop at the restroom door the theme work is extended into the washrooms themselves with themed tiles throughout. This kind of attention to detail and storytelling is consistent throughout the entire Disney World property and is the reason it is so popular without a doubt.