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The Bob Gurr Experience - Guest Speakers Announced

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  • The Bob Gurr Experience - Guest Speakers Announced

    Guest Speakers:

    Bob Gurr
    Ron Dominguez
    Jack Lindquest
    Keith Merdoch

    (More to be announced)

    Bob Gurr (Imagineering)
    Imagineer Bob Gurr has always been a man on the move. And for nearly 40 years, he's helped move many a happy Disney theme park guest aboard vehicles and ride conveyances of his own design.

    As he's often quipped, "If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it."

    And he certainly has, developing more than 100 designs for attractions ranging from Autopia to the Matterhorn Bobsleds to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Monorails, and more.

    Born in Los Angeles, young Bob was fascinated with tools, mechanical devices, and cars. He often crawled through a hole in the fence of nearby Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale to sneak into the cockpits of idle transport airplanes, while at school he decorated his test papers with sketches of automobiles.

    Walt Disney Imagineering, hired Bob to consult on the design of mini cars for Autopia. Walt Disney was so impressed with Bob's knowledge and skill that he invited him to join his Imagineering family, which then was solely dedicated to the design and construction of Disneyland.

    Over the next nearly four decades, Bob worked transportation magic developing the memorable Flying Saucers attraction in Tomorrowland, the antique cars and double-decker buses of Main Street, Ford Motor Company's Magic Skyway, which premiered at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, and more. Bob also helped design the mechanical workings of Disney's first Audio-Animatronic figure - Abraham Lincoln featured in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

    Bob continues to consult on Disney projects, including the giant Ursula Creature featured at Tokyo DisneySea.

    Bob Gurr continues to make mechanical magic, while living his favorite philosophy, in the words of Malcolm Forbes: "While alive, live!"

    Ron Dominguez (Parks & Resorts)
    Former Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Attractions, currently Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Ron Dominguez is a "native Disneylander." Originally, his family owned and lived on 10 acres of the orange grove-covered property, which was purchased by Walt Disney for his premier theme park in 1954.

    Ron, his mother and brother were all born on the Anaheim property, which they inherited from his grandfather, who had purchased 30 acres of land in the area in the late 1800s.
    Later, Ron attended Anaheim High School and the University of Arizona, where he studied business administration. Then, on July 13, 1955, just four days before Disneyland opened, 20-year-old Ron took a summer job as a ticket taker at the new theme park. He found that Walt had moved his family's two-story, Spanish-style house behind Main Street U.S.A., using it as administrative offices.

    Ron gives his former boss Doc Lemmon credit for encouraging him to extend his summer job. And within one year of joining Disney, he had been trained on every attraction, and was named temporary supervisor of Main Street U.S.A..

    In 1957, Ron became assistant supervisor of Frontierland and went on to supervise Adventureland and Frontierland until he was named supervisor of Tomorrowland in 1962. That same year, he became general supervisor of the west side of the Park and was later promoted to its manager.

    By 1970, Ron was appointed director of operations, and four years later, was named vice president of Disneyland and chairman of the park operating committee. In 1990, he was named executive vice president, Walt Disney Attractions, West Coast.

    Throughout his career, Ron developed strong relations with not only Disneyland employees, but the City of Anaheim, devoting hours of service to local organizations and helping pave the way toward creation of a second theme park - Disney's California Adventure.

    After 39 years of service to The Walt Disney Company, Ron Dominguez retired in August of 1994.

    Jack Lindquist (Attractions)
    Jack Lindquist was hired by Walt Disney as Disneyland's first advertising manager, and eventually played a key role in making the Park a world-famous tourist attraction. From marketing the original "E tickets" to lobbying for Disneyland's millennial expansion, Jack was involved in nearly every aspect of the theme park.

    Known for his relatively hands-off management style, Jack was among the most beloved of Park executives. As Disneyland's former executive vice president Ron Dominquez once said, "Jack is Jack, no matter where he is or what he is doing. He respects people. He goes out of his way not to be set up on a pedestal."

    Born in Chicago, March 15, 1927, Jack's family moved to Los Angeles when he was four. A child actor, he appeared as an extra in episodes of the "Our Gang" series, and later, danced in the Lucille Ball film, "Best Foot Forward."

    In 1955, while working for a Los Angeles advertising firm as a consultant to one of the original Disneyland corporate participants, Jack had a meeting at the Park prior to its opening and "fell in love with the place." One month later, he was working there.

    He took his first step up the Disneyland corporate ladder, in 1965, as director of marketing. Later, he set the course for marketing Walt Disney World, and in 1972, was named vice president of marketing for Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

    Four years later, he was named vice president of marketing for Walt Disney Attractions, and in 1982, was promoted to executive vice president of marketing and entertainment for all of the Company's outdoor recreation activities.

    Jack went on to set up the Marketing Division for Tokyo Disneyland, and a executive vice president of creative marketing concepts for Walt Disney Attractions he developed promotional and entertainment ideas for Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. In 1990, Jack was named president of Disneyland, a position he called "the best job in the world!"

    During his 38 years with the company, he spearheaded a myriad of Disney projects including, Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom Club, Disney Dollars, the Disneyland Pigskin Classic, the Ambassador Program and Grad Nites. He also lobbied for expansion of Disneyland, to include development of Disney's California Adventure.

    Jack Lindquist retired on Mickey Mouse's 65th birthday (November 18, 1993), and a month later, was honored with a window on Main Street, which reads J.B. Lindquist, Honorary Mayor of Disneyland.

    Keith Merdoch
    Keith Merdoch, City Manager of Anaheim in 1953 who helped Walt Disney choose Anaheim for his Theme Park. He helped Walt Disney with all the “legal snags” that came about, and “untangled” them making Anaheim the perfect choice for Disneyland.

    Coming Saturday, June 6th, 2009…..

    The Bob Gurr Experience

    This event will be a celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the three new attractions that opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland in 1959. The Monorail, Matterhorn, and Submarines.

    Our special guest and speaker will be Bob Gurr. He is the Disney Legend and Imagineer that engineered these classic attractions.

    This will be a night of memories and fun. Beef or Chicken Dinner will be served. We will have Limited Merchandise for sale. A few Disneyland original attraction vehicles will be on hand to view. We will be sharing rare photos, classic film clips from the opening of the 1959 attractions. Disney VIPs will be on hand, door prizes, music, and so much more…

    Price of the Event Ticket Includes:
    A Night of Fun
    Limited Edition Poster
    LE Pins
    A NO Host Bar
    And being a part of a once in a life time 50th Anniversary celebration for the three 1959 Attractions.

    Cost: $65.00
    Time: 6:30pm
    Place: Anaheim, California
    Date: June 6th, Saturday

    * Limited tickets are available. Please contact us at

    The 1313 Disney Club – The Club that preserves Disneyland History
    The 1313 Disney Club was formed to share the love and desire of being a part in preserving Disney History. Our club member’s work hard creating memorable events with many Disney Legend’s past and present. The 1313 Disney Club works hand in hand with Disney Legends, Celebrities, Disneyland, Disney Officials, Disney Company and so many others in preserving the Magical History that is Disney.
    It is our goal to put on a yearly event, that is affordable to the public and enjoyable as well. This is done with the hard working club members that have the desire to share, and create lasting memories of Disney for years to come!

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    Re: The Bob Gurr Experience - Guest Speakers Announced

    Tickets are being sold now. This is a limited ticket event.

    Just curious if any micechatters are planning on going.


    • #3
      Re: The Bob Gurr Experience - Guest Speakers Announced

      Tickets selling fast. Any Micechatters interested in attending, I reccomend you buy your tickets now.


      • #4
        Re: The Bob Gurr Experience - Guest Speakers Announced

        Just an update,

        There will be some wonderful items up for silent auction at the Disneyland 1959/Bob Gurr event. Among them,

        A Plaque casting from the Original Mold used for the sign now on the Haunted Mansion.

        A Original prop used in the Haunted Mansion for the Nightmare before Christmas.

        For more information, please contact


        • #5
          Re: The Bob Gurr Experience - Guest Speakers Announced

          Only 25 tickets left. They will be talking about this event for the next 50 years.


          • #6
            Re: The Bob Gurr Experience - Guest Speakers Announced


            Saturday June 6th Event:
            Get your tickets for The 1313 Club’s 4th year event!!
            Disneyland 1959, the Bob Gurr Experience
            Guest Speakers will be Disney Legends Bob Gurr, Ron
            Dominguez, Garner Holt, andJack Lindquist, plus the
            1955 Anaheim City ManagerKeith Murdoch.

            Event Attire should be Business Casual with the event beginning at 6pm.
            Location:The Holiday Inn - 1240 South Walnut Street; Anaheim, CA 92802
            The dinner menu will be your choice of Roasted Tri Tip or Grilled Chicken Picatta plus veggies, salad, drink and dessert for $65.00. Event memory T-Shirts are $22.00

            We will be having a Silent auction, with signed and Limited Edition Haunted Mansion items. Beautiful Mermaids will be on hand to take your photos with our special guests. There will be a viewing of some rare film footage & photos, music, no Host bar, dinner, Q & A time, Limited Edition T-Shirts, Limited Edition pins, Limited Edition posters and so much more.
            Purchase your Tickets and T-Shirts at :

            The APP Forum Team.

            Last edited by Neverlandtink; 04-28-2009, 07:29 PM.


            • #7
              Re: The Bob Gurr Experience - Guest Speakers Announced

              Originally posted by DaveG View Post
              Only 25 tickets left. They will be talking about this event for the next 50 years.
              Can I still get tickets?


              • #8
                Re: The Bob Gurr Experience - Guest Speakers Announced

                Originally posted by KeepnLuciferHuntn View Post
                Can I still get tickets?
                Absolutely! We'd love to see you there.


                (Sorry it took so long to reply. I thought we'd been forgotten!)


                • #9
                  Re: The Bob Gurr Experience - Guest Speakers Announced

                  Just a reminder, there are a few tickets left for this event. We'd love to see you there! It's going to be a great evening with lots of surprises.



                  • #10
                    Re: The Bob Gurr Experience - Guest Speakers Announced

                    I'm going!

                    Visit my mice chat toy shop!

                    Track Disney Animation Presence in the Theme Parks Worldwide!


                    • #11
                      Re: The Bob Gurr Experience - Guest Speakers Announced

                      Originally posted by Coheteboy View Post
                      I'm going!

                      Awesome! I'll be working that evening. Please introduce yourself - I'd love to meet you!