Ron Dominguez A local Disney CEO has passed away, in every sense of the word.
Dominguez, also known as “Mr. Disneyland”, passed away Friday … that’s according to the Disneyland Alumni Club. The cause of death has not been revealed, but the rich man’s history with the Mouse House was … and its roots go back to where the park actually took off.
The official Disney Legend family, RD was one of the original owners of the several acres of land and orange groves that the Walt Disney Company and Co. acquired in the 1950s to build what is now known as Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim, California.
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The story goes … Walt In fact, he converted the two-story Dominguez family home into one of the original Disneyland administration buildings in a back space on the park grounds, and not only that – but the Dominguez stayed where he was and began working with them as one of the early cast members.
The man started out as a ticket reserve and eventually became familiar with every attraction. He worked his way through the ranks of the company over the years, until he became president of theme parks in 1970. And it wasn’t long before he became vice president at Disneyland entirely, and later in the 1990s … executive vice president of Walt Disney Landmarks on the West Coast, before To retire from Disney in the year 94. Talk about a Cinderella story, huh?!?
Dominguez is credited with being an integral part of the negotiations to build a Disney California Adventure – the park opposite Disneyland, seen as more so for adults – and was a tyrant in the Orange County / SoCal business world. Recruited as a legend in the year 2000, he has his own window on Main Street (nearby where the OG home has remained intact). Safe to say … Disneyland wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Ron and his family.
He survived his wife, my house, Whom he has been married to for decades. Disneyland Alumni Club says a small family gathering is expected due to COVID restrictions.