Lindquist was named a Disney Legend for his leadership of the company's theme parks, and last fall was inducted into the amusement industry hall of fame at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando. Born March 15, 1927 in Chicago, Lindquist started working at Disneyland shortly after the park opened in 1955. Working his way up from an advertising manager, Lindquist pioneered some of the most influential practices and promotions in the entertainment industry, including off-site ticket sales and after-hours special events.
In 2013, Jack talked with Theme Park Insider about his career, including the development of Disney Dollars and the birth of the wildly successful "I'm going to Disneyland/Disney World" campaign, which earned the company an incomprehensible amount of free publicity over the years. You can listen to the entire interview here:
In November, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions enshrined Lindquist in its Hall of Fame, recognizing not just his service to Disneyland and to the Disney theme parks worldwide, but also his influence on the promotion and operation of the entire theme park industry.
Lindquist passes away this morning, according to a post on his Facebook page.
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