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March 15

March 15, 1927 – Former President of Disneyland and Disney Legend Jack Lindquist is Born

“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.” – Former Executive Vice President of Disneyland Ron Dominquez

On March 15, 1927, Jack Lindquist was born in Chicago, Illinois; he and his family moved to Los Angeles, California when he was four, where he went on to be a child actor. After graduating from the Hollywood High School, he served two years with the United States Air Force before attending the University of Southern California. Lindquist began his career in marketing and advertising, and in 1955, while working as a consultant for a corporate sponsor of what would become Disneyland, he became enamored with the place, and found himself working for Disney a month later. In 1965, Lindquist rose up the corporate ladder after being named the director of marketing, and continued his climb after his work marketing Walt Disney World. In 1972, he was named the Vice President of Marketing for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but his climb didn’t slow from there: in 1976 he was named Vice President of Marketing for Walt Disney Attractions, followed by another promotion in 1982 to Executive Vice President of Marketing and Entertainment for Disney’s Outdoor Recreation Activities. After setting up the marketing division for Tokyo Disneyland, Lindquist continued to develop promotional ideas for all Disney parks, and in 1990, he was named the President of Disneyland. His legacy during his tenure continues to be felt in several Disneyland areas, including Disney’s California Adventure, as he lobbied for the development of the second park. On November 18, 1993, Lindquist retired after nearly 40 years with the company. He was honored with a window on Main Street a month later, naming him the “Honorary Mayor of Disneyland.” He was honored as a Disney Legend in 1994. Lindquist passed away at the age of 88 on February 28, 2016.

March 12

March 12, 1987 – Robert J. Fitzpatrick is Named President of Euro Disneyland

“In the years I have known him…I have found Bob to be a tireless worker for civic, educational and cultural causes and a person of outstanding managerial ability.” – Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner

On March 12, 1987, the Walt Disney Company publicly announced that president of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Robert J. Fitzpatrick would be appointed as the president of Euro Disneyland. Fitzpatrick had served as president of CalArts since 1975, and directed the Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles. He was chosen through his connections with Disney through CalArts, and for his knowledge of French culture, along with a wide background of interest in art and entertainment. Fitzpatrick would serve as the head of Euro Disney through its development, and left his position in 1993, the year after the park opened.

December 25

December 25, 1955 – The Mike Fink Keel Boats Open in Disneyland’s Frontierland

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On December 25, 1955, the Mike Fink Keel Boats attraction opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland area. Based on the Davy Crockett episode “Davy Crockett’s Keel Boat Race,” the two boats were named the Gullywhumper and the Bertha Mae for characters Mike Fink and Davy Crockett. The attraction originally closed in 1994, but were reopened in early 1996. The Disneyland attraction was officially closed on May 17, 1997. Versions of this attraction also opened in Walt Disney World in 1971, closing in 2001; and Disneyland Paris in 1992 (renamed the River Rogue Keelboats), which runs as a seasonal attraction.

December 21

December 21, 1913 – Imagineer Fred Joerger is Born

“Well, my job was to create the model to avert disaster, which was fun, but a challenge.”

On December 21, 1913, Fred Joerger was born in Pekin, Illinois. In 1937, after graduating from the University of Illinois with a fine arts degree, Joerger headed out to Los Angeles, gaining employment at Warner Brothers to build models of movie sets. He joined the Walt Disney Company in 1953 when Walt was creating the initial plans for Disneyland, and Joerger was tasked to create models for what would become Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, among other Audio-Animatronic attractions within the park. He was also tasked with creating miniature sets for several Disney live-action features, including Mary Poppins and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; for the latter, he created models of the submarine the Nautilus. When WED Enterprises was founded, Joerger was one of three original founding members, alongside fellow Disney Legends Harriet Burns and Wathel Rogers. While noted for creating several intricate models that defined the look of several many still-popular attractions, Joerger was also well-known for his work with creating realistic-looking rocks from plaster; he worked on several rockwork projects for Walt Disney World. Although he retired from Disney in 1979, he came back to work as the field art director for EPCOT. He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2001, and on August 26, 2005, Joerger passed away at the age of 91.

December 19

December 19, 1999 – The Playground Area La Plage des Pirates Opens n Disneyland Paris

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“Grab a cutlass and cut loose in this swashbuckling playground for buccaneering boys and girls.”

On December 19, 1999, the playground area La Plage des Pirates, known as Pirates’ Beach in English, opened in Disneyland Paris’ Adventureland. Loosely based on the animated feature film Peter Pan, the area gives younger children a chance to be pirates and search for treasure near Skull Rock. Kids can play in two different playgrounds, complete with slides, rope ladders, and other interesting activities.

December 9

December 9, 1993 – Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin Attraction Opens in Disneyland Paris

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“Set foot inside the winding stone passageways of Agrabah and make your own wishes come true.”

On December 9, 1993, the walkthrough attracktion Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin opened in Disneyland Paris’s Adventureland area. Guests walk down passageways, reliving the movie one major scene at a time via miniature scenes. It is recommended for younger guests.

October 30

October 30, 1996 – Buzz Lightyear’s Pizza Planet Restaurant Opens in Disneyland Paris

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“Hungry Space Rangers needn’t worry, as Buzz Lightyear is to the rescue with an out of this world all-you-can-eat buffet.”

On October 30, 1996, the buffet restaurant Buzz Lightyear’s Pizza Planet Restaurant opened in Disneyland Paris’s Discoveryland area. Designed after the restaurant in the Toy Story series, guests can help themselves to servings of pizza, pasta, salads, and a variety of desserts, with help from Space Rangers in brightly colored outfits.