Space Mountain Attraction Poster

Space Mountain attraction poster

Visitors to Space Mountain today, with its Buck Rogers, sci-fi-inspired trappings, might be excused for forgetting the over-the-top NASA awesomeness that was the style back when the ride opened in 1975. (Does anyone else miss this statue out front?) Hopefully I can jog some memories with my attempt at a Space Mountain poster, a ride whose previous posters have always seemed like afterthoughts.

Design-wise, I was on shaky ground: the style is Disneyland serigraph circa 1958, yet this ride didn’t open until 1975, an era in which 1) Disney produced few posters, and 2) those that they did exhibited little in the way of style, silk-screened or otherwise. Ultimately, I decided to live with the ’50s/’70s contradiction. (And if I ever come up with an idea on how to do a good ’70s-era Space Mountain poster, I’ll give it a try.)

As I did with my earlier posters, I’ve provided versions that you can download yourself, print out, decorate your wall, etc. The only thing I ask is that if you like it enough to download it, please either leave a comment below or drop me a note and let me know what you think.

Anyone wanting to take a deeper dive into retro Space Mountain should absolutely read show producer George McGinnis’ take on the design of the ride (part 1 and part 2). And to learn more about the actual experience of Space Mountain, check out the great Space Mountain page at Widen Your World.

Hope you enjoy the poster! (And a shameless plug: if you haven’t already checked it out, please visit the web site for my documentary TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball, just released this past week. If you’re the kind of person that enjoys this poster, you might just be the kind of person that’ll like my film. Thanks!)

On to the downloads!

There are two versions of the poster: a 4 x 6 inch version with no bleed (the color “stops” right at the border of the image), and a 36 x 54 inch version with a 0.5 inch bleed (the color leaks over the edge, so if it’s trimmed you won’t see any white edges.) Since either version can be scaled by your print driver to be any size you’d like, the version you pick has less to do with the size you want the poster to be than whether you want the bleed or not. To scale the image, on the Mac, just specify the appropriate percentage in the Page Setup… dialog. On Windows I’m not sure, but there’s got to be a similar way to do it.

  • 4 x 6 inch PDF, no bleed [download, right-click/ctrl-click to save]
  • 36 x 54 inch PDF, 0.5 inch bleed [download, right-click/ctrl-click to save]
  • 400 pixel height PNG [download, right-click/ctrl-click to save]
  • 1000 pixel height PNG [download, right-click/ctrl-click to save]
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 License. And again, if you download, please leave a comment below or e-mail me!
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80 thoughts on “Space Mountain Attraction Poster

  1. Oh wow. You can bet your life I will download these. These are Beautiful! Thank you very much. I would love to see your version of the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, People Mover, etc al la Disneyland California.

    Again, thank you very much!

  2. My husband and I collect poster art for our walls and are planning on doing a transition sometime soon, and are planning to add this to our new collection! Thanks! Found you on boing boing -

  3. Awesome as usual Greg! These just keep getting better and better. I agree the 70’s posters, while far more complex, usually lack all the spontaniety and boldness of the earlier posters. I think the 70’s RR posters are the only ones that really work well. Keep up the great work!

  4. Great work!…and I like that you describe you reasoning of the graphic style and the aknowelgment of the decade style contradictions. The mid 70’s actually saw the “window style” attracton poster brought about by Mim Michaelson, Rudy Lord, Ken Kerr…by the mid 70’s the simple crisp graphic stylings of th 50′ & 60’s were long out-of-style. During the 1975-78 period most of WDW’s original posters were redesigned (the first series were almost ideantical to the Disneyland style—some used direct artwork with text changes like 1971 WDW Skyway(this showed the long out of use DL round buckets and the airboats) but had graphic changes –same as the WDW RR 1971–used the Disneyland “pink” station poster-but the locomotive has corrected lettering. Some have more modifications like WDW Monorail 1971 (redone in 1978)Grand Prix Raceway 1971 (redone in 1978) It’s A Small World 1971(redone in 1978) Crytal Palace 1971 (redone in 1980)WDW RR 1971(redone in 1977) and the list goes on…

    Space Mountain at WDW didn’t get a attraction poster till after Disneyland’s was opened in 1977.

    Some Early WDW posters affected redesigns at Disneyland…like the 1971 Tropical Sernade poster (small wdw size) this design was used in a very rare 1972/3 Disneyland attraction psoter for the Enchanted Tiki Room when United Airlines changed there corporate logo …this was the VERY last orginal silkscreen Disneyland poster done in the 36″x54″ size. The Country Bear Jamboree poster for WDW in 1971 featured lithoed artwork (like Hall of Presidents * Mickey Mouse Revue)…WDW had “Frontierland” printed along th enter bottom–the Disneyland
    1972 version was the 36″x54″ large size with a silkscreen panel-banner & “Bear Country” skcreened right over the lithoed print.

    So Greg…what would a Walt Disney World 1973 Pirates of The Caribbean poster look like………OR a 1974 “Western River Expedition” attraction poster? A 1975 Carousel of Progress….1973 Richard F Irvine Riverboat~~~~~

    Mike Cozart

  5. Wow, Mike; I thought I knew attraction posters, but compared to you I’m a complete moron. Would you mind providing links to any of the posters you’re talking about? I’m not sure if I know what you mean by the “window style” poster, and would be curious to find out.

  6. By the mid 1970’s graphic patterns became very popular in architecture, interior design, and general art and advertising. The “window” style posters begane with the Country Bear Jamboree…then The 1976 Disneyland RR Bicentennial Special….These posters tend to have a central opening or frame in the center often with the attraction vehicle protruding out of the frame or window (Disneyland RR, Big Thunder Mt Railroad, The WDW RR Reverse Route, 1983 Goldenhorseshow revue, 1982 Pirates of the Caribbean etc) Others are just windows focusing on a scene or image..(Jungle Cruise 1976, Snow Whites Scary Adventures)

    Almost all the attraction posters were scheduled to be redone. Even classc posters like “Mattern Bobsleds” “Haunted Mansion” “Alice in Wonderland” had concept done to do more elaborate serigraph posters.

    The Matterhorn 1978 poster production was put on the backburner as it was determined that the attraction was not at WDW and Tokyo Disneyland’s had been abandoned in final revisions so the poster costs couldn’t be justified for just Disneyland and no sponsor. So the New Matterhorn poster designed by Ken Kerr and Jim Michaelson never came to be. The response to the overly elaborate 1982 Pirates of the Caribbean poster (screened for Disneyland * WDW* and Tokyo Disneyland) was not well liked Disneyland decoratind manager said “it looked like a cereal box. We didn’t display them for very long” . So the new Haunted Mansion”window” style poster was canceled (you can see the concept sketch for that HM poster in the Haunted Mansion book by jason Surrel.

    The Peoplemover Thru Supper Speed Tunnel done in 1976/77 by request of Goodyear, still went over budget….the final detail outline screen was left off. This actually please the designers because they felt it was remeniscant of the 1960’s posters.

    I’ll try and get some images up.

  7. Greg,

    Not to step on Mike’s toes, but if you just google “attraction poster” and “Jungle Cruise” “Bear Jamboree” or “Mad Tea Party” you’ll see the window style he’s referring to. It’s wierd, because I never even noticed that trend until Mike pointed it out, but yes, most of the posters around that era use a window of some sort.

  8. Good lord, you learn something new every day. Mike, I didn’t know one tenth of that information in your post – this is really something that needs to be written about at length! I’d love to blog about it myself but obviously I was unaware of the entire process, and I’ve been a Disney obsessive for quite a while. I’d love to see images, though.

    Greg, fantastic job as always. The poster is fab. Keep up the great work!

  9. Love the poster! Thanks for your generosity in making it available. I’ve wanted, for years, to get my hands on attraction posters like the ones gracing the tunnels beneath the Walt Disney World Railroad Station as you enter the Magic Kingdom. I’ll hang this in my house with pride!

  10. well, I’ve been researching the posters for some time and have interviewd many of the designers and silkscreeners and graphic artist who work on these.I’ve been compiling a great deal of information with the intent of a book. I’ve got information on poster variations-inside jokes (like imagineers and designers appearing in the posters) and other storys on production and design changes..for all the parks. Did any of you know Wally Boag (of Tiki Room and Golden Horshoe Revue fame had a guest bathroom wallpapered in cut-up attraction posters!! Or some attraction posters were done at WED facilites at each park? for example—-The the Walt Disney World Reverse Route at WDW, or PeopleMover Thru Tron and America Sings-Del Monte (post 1974 opening) at Disneyland!

  11. Very nice poster! I agree this is much better than the other Space Mountain posters I’ve seen that don’t quite fit in with the other Tomorrowland attraction posters. Thank you so much!

  12. A really great poster…it’s almost too good…too profound a fusion of design elements from the period(s) – hope someone is paying you for your talents!

  13. I found you after searching for Disney vintage posters. Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic illustration. I’m going to frame it and hang it in my office.

  14. Thank you very much for offering your posters up for download. I’ve always admired your work, and I really appreciate your use of classic style over the too busy and unsatisfying posters Disney has been creating.

  15. Greg, your work is awesome! I can’t wait to see what you might come up with next. You capture the feel of Disney and provide a unique look that is entirely it’s own kind of cool. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us…and for FREE! You are a true gentleman. Now, let’s see some more great work!

  16. Thanks for making this available! I’d love to see what you could do for some of the old forgotten EPCOT attractions.

  17. LOVE IT!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for being so generous as to share this with all of us Disney World fans! I got this for my boyfriend for Christmas. Got it framed – it’s HUGE! – and he’s so excited to put it up. He’s already got Splash, Disney Railroad, Haunted Mansion and Pirates, so he’s so glad he’s got this one and not the nasty actual one that you can’t even get anymore.

    Truly appreciate you sharing your considerable talent!
    ~Amy~

  18. This is BY FAR my favorite attration poster, authentic or otherwise. I’m so excited to add it to my collection. Very talented, thank you!!!

  19. Hi There,

    I have been looking for a nice Space Mountain print for ages. My husband proposed to me right before space mountain so for our first anniversary it seemed like the perfect gift to get this framed!

    Thank you so much for making this available to the world!

    Best Wishes from Holland,
    Sheila

  20. I love your Space Mountain attraction poster, its wonderfully done and fits in beautifully with all the actual posters. I just need to figure out who to use in the Los Angeles area to print it off and i’m framing this bad boy up and putting it up on my wall. Picture of which i’ll forward on as soon as I manage to get it done!

  21. Just wanted to praise your talent — you captured the Disney attraction posters awesomely. Your Tiki birthday card was spectacular as well. I work as a graphic designer as well but I am just a hack compared to guys like you. Thanks so much for providing the attraction posters, I am going to hang them up in my office as inspiration. Now if I could just get my hands on a Matterhorn bobsled poster pdf . . .

  22. I LOVE the space mountain and tomorrowland posters. Tomorrowland is framed next to my original haunted mansion poster. Are you going to make any other posters? An Epcot poster in the theme of these would be awesome!

  23. Okay…first, I find out you make this art available for free to us fans, and then I see another of your passions is Pinball (like myself?) I’m in love!
    Seriously, thank you so much. I just happen to have a nice plotter at work perfect for attempting the 36″x54″. Gotta rustle up some higher quality paper..

  24. I love your posters!!

    I used to always look at the posters going through while my parents would rush me through the WDW train station. The best was the Haunted Mansion one!!

    Please make more!

  25. Wow! Amazing! I had seen it before, and assumed it was the official one! After all, it does look like something Disney would put out. Plus, the new Space Mountain posters for Stareophonic Sound have a very similar design! Almost identical!

  26. I thought this was an official Disneyland poster at first. Great eye-catching design. We are redecorating my son’s room with a Disneyland theme (he LOVES the parks even more than I do) and I think this Space Mountain poster will be part of it. Nice work and THANK YOU!

  27. I thought this was vintage when I first saw it! LOVE IT! I’m doing a mod space theme for my newborn’s room… this is going to be the finishing touch! Thanks so much!!!

  28. These are amazing. Ever since returning to disneyland this spring and seeing posters like these, I’ve become obsessed!

  29. Excellent job on the posters, Greg! Thanks for sharing them with us! (and remembering If You Had Wings) But for the record, I LIKE the original SM poster. I even have it on a vintage 1980 mirror.

  30. Thanks for the great work! This was the first roller coaster I ever went on back in 1983 and I’ve always had a soft spot for it.

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