Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hidden Gems: Star Trader X-Wing


The giant X-Wing replica from Star Wars, which once hung high above the Starcade, has found a new home in Tomorrowland's Star Trader store. It's now much more clearly visible, and one with a sharp eye may notice the small messages printed along the body. It's written in Aurebesh, a written language from Star Wars. So what do they say?


The first line says "THE CHESHIRE CAT", the second line, "THE MAD HATTER". An obvious reference to Lewis Caroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and its 1951 Disney adaptation.


"SNOW WHITE"
"PETER PAN"
"CAPTAIN HOOK"

Another reference to classic Disney Characters.


"JIM STILSON"
"CHRISTINE STILSON"
"DANIEL BAIRD"

These appear to be three names whose identities are unknown to me. I'm sure there are more messages hidden throughout the many Star Wars-themed attractions, so be sure to check them out and have an Aurebesh guide handy when visiting the Star Trader.

2 comments:

  1. Hey, I just recently found your blog and I love it. I was born in LA and raised in Arkansas, and I try to go back to Disney as much as I can.

    Those last names really interested me so I researched (googled creatively) and found this! http://californiatheaming.com/new/2009/09/03/about/

    I may be wrong, but I am guess thing that Jim and Christine MADE that X-wing. I can't find any references to Daniel Baird at all.

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words! I actually live in LA at the moment so Disney trips aren't as frequent as I'd like them to be.

      It looks like you are absolutely right, that must have been the creative workshop that manufactured the X-Wing. A section of Jim and Christine's portfolio shows that they were behind a couple of restaurants in Disneyland, and lists several Disney Parks as former clients.

      Daniel Baird must be a friend or someone who also worked on the X-Wing project... if you find anything out, please let me know!

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