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JACK LINDQUIST

Jack Lindquist was working for a Los Angeles advertising firm when Disneyland Park officials contacted him to ask if he could recommend an advertising firm when Disneyland Park officials contacted him to ask if he could recommend an advertising person for the Park. Jack recommended himself, becoming the Park’s first advertising manager in 1955. He was instrumental in the creation of the Magic Kingdom Club, The Ambassador program, Disney Dollars, Disney’s Grad Nites, the Park’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, and the Disney Land Park tenth birthday celebration, which he named “Tencennial”. He was marketing director for the opening of Walt Disney World Resort and was later named Disney Land Park president. The “Peterson Travel Agency” heading in his Walt Disney World Resort window refers to his family original surname of Peterson-the family thought it was too common when they arrived in America and changed it to Lindguist.

SAM McKIM

Sam McKim was hired as an illustrator for WED enterprises in 1954. Dubbed the “quintessential researcher” by Marty Sklar, Sam created historically accurate drawings that were known for their fine detail. His first Disney Land Park sketches were for the Golden Horseshoe Revue and the shops, restaurants, and attractions in Frontier land Area on the Main Street, USA area. His many attraction-concept contributions include great moments with Mr. Lincoln , Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, The Haunted mansion attraction, The Hall of Presidents, The Universe of Energy in Epcot and the The Great Movie Ride, among others, in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Sam also drew the first Disney Land Park map that was sold to Guests, which he updated as Walt added attractions.

DICK NUNIS

The former chairman of Walt Disney Attractions, Dick Nunis was hired by Van Arsdale France in May of 1955 as an orientation training instructor for $1, 80 an hour (though he claims Van promised him $2).

He quickly rose through the managerial ranks, becoming director of Park operations in 1961. The same year, he started consulting on “Project X” which was to become Walt Disney World Resort. In 1971, he was named executive vice president of Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Land Park. As chairman of the Parks and Resorts division, Dick was the operations chief for Disney’s expansion into Japan and France. The “Wave Machines a Specialty” line on his Disney Land window refers to a wave machine Dick had installed in Seven Seas Lagoon in Walt Disney World Resort. The machine was quickly removed because it was causing erosion of the lagoon’s islands.

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