Help Disney Parks Poster Artist and Imagineer Jim Michaelson In His Fight with Cancer

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One of Disney Parks’ most prolific poster artists needs your help in his fight with prostate cancer.

Jim Michaelson began working for WED Enterprises in 1971. Along with fellow Imagineers Rudy Lord and Ernie Prinzhorn, Michaelson helped to re-imagine the poster art displayed at the Disney Parks. While at Disney, designed and co-designed posters for such iconic Disney Parks attractions as Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Country Bear Jamboree, Space Mountain, the Disneyland Railroad, and the Walt Disney World Railroad. In addition to his poster art, Michaelson designed projects for Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park in Paris. Most notably, he worked on the poster art in Discovery Arcade as part of Paris’ Main Street U.S.A. Much of Michaelson’s work can be seen in the book Poster Art of the Disney Parks by Danny Handke and Vanessa Hunt.

Michaelson was diagnosed with prostate cancer in August 2017. Since the diagnosis, he has fought the disease using nontraditional methods such as a prescribed diet and herbal remedies. According to his wife, Jeannine, though these methods have helped, some cancerous nodules remain, and he is pursuing a new method of alternative treatment. With the disease leaving Michaelson unable to work, alternative medicine not being covered by their health insurance, and their savings rapidly depleting, last month, Jeannine established a GoFundMe page to help pay for the treatment.

The current goal is to raise $25,000. As of the writing of this article, they’ve raised almost $5,000. If you wish to donated, you can do so at the GoFundMe page here.

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Matthew Soberman

Matthew has been a writer for WDWNT since June 2018. He probably should have realized he was a Disney Parks fan when he tried to make a model of the Horizons building in middle school shop class. (It didn't go well.) He is also a huge Muppet fan, and can also be found on ToughPigs.com. You can email Matthew at [email protected]