(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.
"Our house was located right about where the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean and Café Orleans are today," he recalled. "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."
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, 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
·A NO Host Bar
·And being a part of a once in a life time 50th Anniversary celebration for the three 1959 Attractions.
Place: Anaheim, California
Date: June 6th, Saturday
* Limited tickets are available. Please contact us at [email protected]
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!