Imagineer and Disney Parks poster artist Jim Michaelson, responsible for posters for such iconic Disney attractions as Country Bear Jamboree, The Walt Disney World and Disneyland Railroads, and Pirates of the Caribbean, has passed away, according to multiple reports.
Sadly, it was reported to me that the great Jim Michaelson recently lost his battle with cancer. One of DLP Main Street’s biggest contributors, a fine artist, friend,his extraordinary work lives on as a gift. Thanks for all you’ve given us! https://t.co/KFGIGp6cQy pic.twitter.com/UgCQswp6dN
— Eddie Sotto (@boss_angeles) June 9, 2019
The Carolwood Foundation was saddened to learn that former Imagineer Jim Michaelson recently passed away.
Jim designed some of the most iconic attraction posters – including this one for the @Disneyland Railroad.
Our most sincere condolences go out to Jim’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/f4za3Eamia
— Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn (@waltsbarn) June 9, 2019
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.
On behalf of WDWNT, we send our deepest condolences to Jim’s wife, Jeannine, and all of their friends and family. We’d also like to thank Jim for all of the joy that his art brought us and other guests through the years.