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PostSubject: TDL and Star Wars.... 20 Years ago   Sun May 25, 2008 9:31 pm

1988 to 1989. At the time, Matsushita (a.k.a Panasonic) was the sponsor of the rotating theater attraction Meet the World, which was used to promote Japanese history. If you take a look at the Tokyo Disneyland guides for the year that the park was having its 5th anniversary, you're bound to find a National advertisement. Take a good look at the pictures! Those are two Ewoks! And that's Lucasf face there on that Panasonic ad.

In fact, the Tokyo Disneyland guidebook is the only place you will find these images. Perhaps they were taken especially for the occasion? Disney, George Lucas and Panasonic all played valuable roles in the year following the opening of Star Tours. Lucas was even in attendance at the Star Tours opening ceremony, so it was only natural that Matsushita would become the sponsor. It all equates to a rather sublime combination.

A special event called Space Fantasyh (October 1 to November 23) was held to promote the opening. Mickey looks a bit weird in his spacesuit. I think I see Chewie and an Ewok in that photo too!


I am a big Star Wars Disney Geek, and would love to meet some more.
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