Disney Avenue Podcast – A Chat with Jack Lindquist, Disneyland’s First President

Written by Keith Mahne. Posted in Disney History, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort, Features, Podcasts, The Disney Avenue Podcast, Walt Disney World

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Published on August 05, 2014 at 2:30 am with 3 Comments

Join host Keith Michael Mahne for a wonderful conversation with Disney Legend Jack Lindquist. Jack talks about his childhood, joining the Walt Disney Company, meeting Walt Disney, working with Card Walker and Michael Eisner, becoming Disneyland’s very first president and so much more.

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.”

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

During his 38 years with the company, he spearheaded several 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, and the development of a second theme park for Disneyland Resort.

Jack Lindquist retired on Mickey Mouse’s 65th birthday, November 18, 1993. A month later, he was honored with a window on Main Street, which reads, “J.B. Lindquist, Honorary Mayor of Disneyland.” Jack published his memoir, In Service to the Mouse, in 2010. We are extremely excited and honored to have such a living legend join us for another amazing episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast.

The Disney Avenue Podcast is brought to you by Keith Michael Mahne, owner and editor of the Disney fan site DisneyAvenue.comIf you enjoyed the show, please be sure to leave a comment below and also subscribe, rate and review us on iTunes by clicking here.

 

About Keith Mahne

Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and producer of Disney Avenue and the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true everyday. Keith is proud to be a part of the MiceChat family.

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  1. Hmmmm. Not sure if it’s just me, but I can only hear one side of the conversation.

    • Not sure why you are experiencing that. I’m hearing the full audio.

      AMAZING interview by the way. Jack is a true Disney legend. We love him!

    • I think you are meaning the channel split . Kieth Mahne has the right channel and Jack Lindquist is in the left channel . A fairly common stereo channel split .