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Ron Dominguez, a former vice president of Disneyland and exec vp of Walt Disney Attractions for the West Coast, died on Jan. 1, according to a post by the Disneyland Alumni Club on Friday. He was 85.
No cause of death was revealed.
Dominguez’s family owned 10 acres of land that were purchased by Walt Disney for the construction of Disneyland in 1954. The following year, 20-year-old Dominguez began working at the theme park as a ticket taker during the summer and was trained to supervise numerous attractions. In 1970, he was named director of operations and became vp of Disneyland four years later.
In 1990, Dominguez — who was known to many as Mr. Disneyland — became executive vp, Walt Disney Attractions for the West Coast.
He retired from the Walt Disney Company in 1994 and was named a Disney Legend in 2000.
Dominguez was born in 1935 and studied Business Administration at the University of Arizona. He is survived by his wife Betty, to whom he was married 41 years.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Disneyland Alumni Club noted that only a small family service will take place.
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