Eastern, The Official Airline of Walt Disney World

Eastern Air Lines was the official airline of Walt Disney World since it’s opening in October of 1971. They also sponsored an Eastern themed ride titled, “If You Had Wings”, located in Tomorrowland where Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger is currently located today. Eastern remained the official sponsor until 1989 when Delta took over as the official airline.  They also rebranded the ride which was an apparent flop and soon closed. Through the years Eastern ran countless print, television and radio advertisement campaigns with firms like, Young & Rubicam, and featured great talents and voices such as, Orson Welles and of course, Disney characters.

Eastern Air Lines WDW Placemat (Jose R. Santiago COllection)
Eastern Air Lines WDW Placemat (Jose R. Santiago COllection)
Eastern WDW Infllight Napkin - Rick Aero Collection
Eastern WDW Infllight Napkin - Rick Aero Collection

Walt Disney World Eastern Airlines “The Wings of Man” Commercial with Orson Welles

Undoubtedly one of the best, if not most heartwarming commercials produced for Walt Disney World (circa mid-1970s). Eastern Airlines sponsored the Tomorrowland attraction “If You Had Wings” from 1972-1987 — Jaime Mass

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Eastern, Polynesian Village, Radio Commercial with Orson Welles

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