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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Guy Who Literally Called DISNEYLAND Home

After Walt Disney settled on a location for DISNEYLAND in the sleepy agricultural town of Anaheim, CA, he still needed to convince the people who owned the various properties to sell to him. One required parcel was owned by the Dominguez family, whose property comprised what would later become New Orleans Square, Critter Country and Frontierland. Mrs. Dominguez was a feisty woman, who initially resisted Disney's offers, but eventually caved in as long as Walt honored one request- to hire her youngest son. Walt agreed and Ronald Dominguez was hired on at DISNEYLAND, originally as a ticket taker.

Mr. Dominguez stayed on at DISNEYLAND, eventually becoming DISNEYLAND President, the highest position in the park. When Mr. Dominguez retired, he was honored with a window on Main Street. Located above the Market House, the slogan on the windows reads "We'll Care For Your Property As If It Were Our Own"- a clever reference to the fact that he literally lived and grew up on the property that would become DISNEYLAND.