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    ‘Mr. Disneyland’ and former Disneyland executive dies at 85

    "Ron Dominguez, a Disney legend who grew up on an orange grove ranch that later became part of the Disneyland theme park, has died. He was 85.

    Starting in 1955, Dominguez worked taking entry tickets as the Anaheim park first opened. He then quickly moved through the ranks, and in 1990, he was named executive vice president for Walt Disney Attractions for the West Coast. He retired in 1994 and in 2000 he became a Disney Legend. He also was given a window on the theme park’s Main Street.".....


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    [Full O.C. Register story at the link.]

    "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
    it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
    together with every variety of recreation and fun,
    designed to appeal to everyone."

    - Walt Disney

    "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
    - Michael Eisner

    "It's very symbiotic."
    - Bob Chapek

  • #2
    "YEP"Ron Dominguez
    A Disneyland legend......................(Mr. Disneyland )
    was the biggest part of History of the park ,
    long before Walt Disney!

    How many people one knows = were you grew up
    got a simple job.......then become
    quickly moved through the ranks, and in 1990, he was named executive vice president for Walt Disney Attractions for the West Coast. All at the same place ..........That AMAZING life of it self.............

    This Man knew Disneyland and live it !
    Last edited by Eagleman; 01-02-2021, 07:23 PM.
    Soaring like an EAGLE !

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    • #3

      From the story in Variety:

      Ron Dominguez, Disney Executive Whose Family Sold Anaheim Property for Disneyland, Dies at 85

      Ron Dominguez, a former executive vice president of Walt Disney Attractions, died on Jan. 1. He was 85.

      Dominguez was known as a “native Disneylander,” as his family owned and lived on the 10-acre Anaheim property that was purchased by Walt Disney in 1954 to build Disneyland.

      “Our house was located right about where the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean and Cafe Orleans are today,” Dominguez once said, according to D23. “The day we moved out, in August of 1954, we were walking in ditches and holes. Things were popping up around us because construction had to move ahead. They built Disneyland in a year.”

      Born on Aug. 10, 1935, Dominguez grew up on the property, which the family had inherited from his grandfather, who originally purchased the land in the late 1800s. Dominguez then attended the University of Arizona, where he studied business administration. On July 13, 1955 — a few days before Disneyland opened its doors — Dominguez got a summer job as a ticket taker at the park.

      Dominguez eventually became the temporary supervisor of Main Street, U.S.A, and even worked as a cast member, dressing up as Davey Crockett. He went on to supervise Frontierland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland, and in 1962 became the general supervisor of Disneyland’s west side. Later that year, he was promoted to manager.

      Dominguez continued to rise up the ranks of the park’s administration, becoming director of operations in 1970 and vice president of Disneyland and chairman of the park operating committee in 1974. In 1990, he became executive vice president of Walt Disney Attractions, West Coast.

      In 1994, Dominguez retired after 39 years at the Walt Disney Company. In 2000, he was named a Disney Legend, and was given a window on Main Street, U.S.A....



      [Full Variety story at the link.]

      "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
      it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
      together with every variety of recreation and fun,
      designed to appeal to everyone."

      - Walt Disney

      "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
      - Michael Eisner

      "It's very symbiotic."
      - Bob Chapek

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
        From the story in Variety:

        Ron Dominguez, Disney Executive Whose Family Sold Anaheim Property for Disneyland, Dies at 85

        Ron Dominguez, a former executive vice president of Walt Disney Attractions, died on Jan. 1. He was 85.

        Dominguez was known as a “native Disneylander,” as his family owned and lived on the 10-acre Anaheim property that was purchased by Walt Disney in 1954 to build Disneyland.

        “Our house was located right about where the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean and Cafe Orleans are today,” Dominguez once said, according to D23. “The day we moved out, in August of 1954, we were walking in ditches and holes. Things were popping up around us because construction had to move ahead. They built Disneyland in a year.”

        Born on Aug. 10, 1935, Dominguez grew up on the property, which the family had inherited from his grandfather, who originally purchased the land in the late 1800s. Dominguez then attended the University of Arizona, where he studied business administration. On July 13, 1955 — a few days before Disneyland opened its doors — Dominguez got a summer job as a ticket taker at the park.

        Dominguez eventually became the temporary supervisor of Main Street, U.S.A, and even worked as a cast member, dressing up as Davey Crockett. He went on to supervise Frontierland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland, and in 1962 became the general supervisor of Disneyland’s west side. Later that year, he was promoted to manager.

        Dominguez continued to rise up the ranks of the park’s administration, becoming director of operations in 1970 and vice president of Disneyland and chairman of the park operating committee in 1974. In 1990, he became executive vice president of Walt Disney Attractions, West Coast.

        In 1994, Dominguez retired after 39 years at the Walt Disney Company. In 2000, he was named a Disney Legend, and was given a window on Main Street, U.S.A....



        [Full Variety story at the link.]
        ~Ron Dominguez life , was a Disneyland -Adventure of it self !~
        Soaring like an EAGLE !

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        • #5
          RIP Ron.

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          • #6
            Thanks for posting this, I didn’t know he’d passed yet. I’ve always loved the story of him. What a wonderful life it must have been. RIP Ron Dominguez.
            You know, I have the strangest feeling that I've seen that ship before. A long time ago, when I was very young. ―George Darling
            It seems to me that we have a lot of story yet to tell. ― Walt Disney

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