October 10, 2017

Three Vintage Posters for the Magic Kingdom

Got to love these retro / vintage Florida travel posters! Especially when they are of places you like to go. Like Walt Disney World

The now defunct National Airlines released this posted before the grand opening of the Magic Kingdom in 1971. They clearly were not given an advance look at the art for Cinderella Castle. What you see is an idea of it looking a bit too much like its California cousin over at Disneyland.  Balloons cover a multitude of artistic sins.

Delta Airlines had a better deal- be it before or after opening, at least their version of the castle was accurate. The Tropical Serenade building got a bit of promotion as well. More balloons. 

In my opinion, the best, the most colorful, and the most inviting poster had to be Eastern Airlines' wonderful look at the whole Vacation Kingdom. The birds of the Serenade still had prominence, but 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea submarine voyage and the Haunted Mansion show up as well. "The Wings of Man" airline poster did not feature its sponsored attraction, If You Had Wings, but the beloved blast from the past wouldn't open until later.

(Art copyright the Walt Disney Company and National,Delta, and Eastern airlines.)


Prescott Ryker said...

It's fascinating that the Orlando Poster goes the full Neuschwanstein...in an exaggerated scale not unlike Cinderella Castle, and even uses the Magic Kingdom color scheme. I would not be surprised if they had seen some WDW Art but did not have or want the license to use the actual Disney design.

Mark Taft said...

I noticed that as well! And having seen the real castle in Bavaria, I can tell you it would have been magnificent but almost price prohibitive to build! :) Maybe the art will surface one day.