Ron Dominguez, a Disney legend and former Executive Vice President of Attractions, died on January 1, 2021 at the age of 85. No cause of death was disclosed in a Facebook post by Disneyland alumni.
Known as “Mr. Disneyland “, Dominguez was instrumental in creating the Disney California Adventure theme park. After 39 years, he retired from the Walt Disney Company in 1994.
Dominguez was born on August 10, 1935 and grew up on what would later become Disneyland. His family house was moved to the park to serve as an administration office. When he was first hired for the theme park, he became a ticket holder.
In 1957, Dominguez became Assistant Supervisor of Frontierland and in 1962 he became manager of Tomorrowland. He became manager of the west side of Disneyland and in 1974 was appointed vice president of Disneyland and chairman of the park operations committee.
In 1990 Dominguez became executive vice president of Walt Disney Attractions, West Coast.
He was named a Disney Legend in 2000.
Dominguez is survived by his 41-year-old wife, Betty.