Ron Logan
Born(1938-02-09)February 9, 1938
DiedAugust 30, 2022(2022-08-30) (aged 84)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationProducer
Years active1980–2001

Ronald Logan (February 9, 1938 – August 30, 2022) was an American businessman who served as executive vice president of Walt Disney Entertainment (now Walt Disney Creative Entertainment). After retiring from the company in 2001, he was formally a professor at the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando, Florida, United States.[1]

Life and career

Logan's window on Main Street, U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom above the Emporium
Logan's window on Main Street, U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom above the Emporium

Growing up in Leavenworth, Kansas, Logan studied trumpet, violin, piano, and dance. He began performing professionally in the ninth grade and has performed as a trumpet player and singer on recordings, television, motion pictures, and with bands and lounge acts throughout the United States.[citation needed] He began his career with Disney in the 1960s as a trumpet player at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California.[citation needed]

As executive vice president of Walt Disney Entertainment, Logan was responsible for creating, casting, and producing all live entertainment products for The Walt Disney Company, including the Disneyland Resort, the Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Resort Paris, The Disney Institute, Disney Business Productions, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Entertainment Productions, and Walt Disney Entertainment Worldwide.

Logan also was executive vice president of the Walt Disney Special Events Group, executive vice president of Disney Special Programs, Incorporated and the founder and first president of Disney Theatrical Productions,[citation needed] which produced Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and later, around the world.

He authored Walt Disney Entertainment - A Retrospective Look, an internal publication that documents the evolution of Walt Disney Entertainment from 1955 through 2000.[citation needed]

Logan retired from Disney in 2001 and later was an associate professor at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida and the university's vice president of special events.

He died on August 30, 2022, at the age of 84.[2]

Education and achievements

Logan held BA and MA degrees in music and music education from UCLA. He was a founding member of the International Foundation for Jazz institution of classical music, a corporate advisory council established in support of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He was a board member of the Orlando Repertory Theatre, served on the Board of Directors for the Famous People Players (Canada) and the International Theatre in Long Beach, California.[citation needed]

In 2007, Logan was honored with the Disney Legends Award, which is presented to individuals who have made a significant impact on The Walt Disney Company.[3]

Works

During Logan's tenure, Walt Disney Entertainment's productions included:

Disneyland Resort

Walt Disney World Resort

Tokyo Disney Resort

Disneyland Paris

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Other venues

References

  1. ^ "Ronald Logan". Rosen College of Hospitality Management.
  2. ^ "Remembering Disney Legend Ron Logan". The Walt Disney Company. August 30, 2022. Retrieved August 30, 2022.
  3. ^ "Ron Logan". D23. Disney. Retrieved October 10, 2016.