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.