Ron Logan (born 1938) is a former executive vice president of Walt Disney Entertainment (now Walt Disney Creative Entertainment). After retiring from the company in 2001, he is now a professor at the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando, Florida, United States.
Life and career
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. He began his career with Disney in the 1960s as a trumpet player at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California.
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, 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.
Logan retired from Disney in 2001 and currently is 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.
Education and achievements
Logan holds 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 is a board member of the Orlando Repertory Theatre, serves on the Board of Directors for the Famous People Players (Canada) and the International Theatre in Long Beach, California.
During Logan's tenure, Walt Disney Entertainment's productions included:
Walt Disney World Resort
- Grand Opening Ceremonies - Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios) and Disney's Animal Kingdom
- Legend of the Lion King - Magic Kingdom
- SpectroMagic - Magic Kingdom
- Skyleidoscope - Epcot
- Laserphonic Fantasy - Epcot
- Surprise in the Skies - Epcot
- IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth - Epcot
- Tapestry of Nations - Epcot
- Sorcery in the Sky - Disney-MGM Studios
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame - A Musical Adventure - Disney-MGM Studios
- Aladdin's Royal Caravan - Disney-MGM Studios
- Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage! - Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid - Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Fantasmic! - Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show - Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Festival of the Lion King - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Tokyo Disney Resort
- Disney Carnivale - Tokyo Disneyland
- Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade - Tokyo Disneyland
- Disney's Fantillusion - Tokyo Disneyland
- Buffalo Bill's Wild West Dinner Show - Disney Village
- Disney ImagiNations Parade - Disneyland Park
- Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular - Walt Disney Studios Park
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
- Beauty and the Beast - Broadway in New York
- Tapestry of Nations Super Bowl XXXIV Halftime Show - Georgia Dome in Georgia
- Pan-American Games - Indy Speedway in Indiana
- DisneyFest - Asia