Saturday, May 7, 2011


This past week yet another NEW attraction poster for Disneyland went on display. There hasn't been this much attraction poster "action" at Disneyland since the early 1980's!! STAR TOURS 2011 became the 3rd version of a Disneyland Star Tours attraction poster.

Another interesting note is that this is Disneyland's SECOND PRE-OPENING attraction poster!........I'll let readers of this blog guess what was the only other attraction to feature a pre-opening version........any guesses????? (Sorry Jason S. you can't play since we already discussed this!!)

This is Disneyland's second version of the Star Tours attraction poster. It uses artwork developed for Disneyland Paris & Tokyo Disneyland. It's amazing to know that this is a screened poster!------the layers ink and the craftsmanship used to create this poster is stunning, and I think Walt would have been proud. This was produced under the direction of WED/WDI graphic master, RUDY LORD. For you collectors.....there are a few variants of this --some without Disneyland screened on........and some  with  M&M  (MARS CANDY) Sponsor --but no one has a version with Disneyland and Tomorrowland on it because none were produced!!

Above is the raw art for Disneyland's first Star Tours poster of 1987.  Tim Delaney of WDI painted the original and the final poster was lithographed (not screened) for use at the park. Delaney created this out of shear love of his work: You see there was NO money left in the budget for a attraction poster and Tim Delaney said he wasn't going to let Star Tours opening without it's own poster, so he painted it himself!!!! I bet Disneyland was grateful that he did since it appears on some of the earliest Star Tours merchandise.


  1. And what was the only other PRE OPENING attraction poster ever done for Disneyland second to STAR TOURS 2011????.....Congratulations to collector Richard Kaufman for knowing that it was BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD!!!!!! I'll post an image of this poster soon. 200 were produced and many were raffled off to Disneyland cast members and WED/MAPO employees back in the 1979 era. Some remaining ones had the opening dates screened over with updates to be used over at Walt Disney World.

  2. Well, I would have guessed wrong (but it was just a guess after all)! Very cool that version #2 is actually screened, surprising to me since that is (presumably) a lot more expensive to produce. The results are fantastic though!

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