UCF's Ron Logan: A Disney Legend
Inducted as a Disney Legend in 2007, the same year as Michael Eisner, Roone Arledge and others, UCF Professor Ron Logan’s 23-year Disney career did, indeed, lead the concept of Disney and live entertainment from humble origins into the 21st Century.
From a starting point of simple marching bands and costumed characters, Logan developed the expectation of the Disney guest to spectacles, fireworks, music spectaculars, and Broadway-style stage musicals, all within the gates of Disney.
In his largest role for Disney, Ron was executive vice president, executive producer, for Walt Disney Entertainment (now Walt Disney Creative Entertainment). He was responsible for creating, casting, and producing all live entertainment products for The Walt Disney Company, including the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Resort Paris, The Disney Institute, Disney Business Productions, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Entertainment Productions, and Walt Disney Entertainment Worldwide. He was also executive vice president of the Walt Disney Special Events Group, and executive vice president of Disney Special Programs, Incorporated. He produced dozens of shows for the parks, including Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage!, Fantasmic!, Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and even produced the Tapestry of Nations Super Bowl XXXIV Halftime Show.
Ron was a founding member of the International Foundation for Jazz, a corporate advisory council established in support of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). He is a board member of the Orlando Repertory Theatre (UCF), serves on the Board of Directors (USA) for the Famous People Players (Canada), the International Theatre in Long Beach, California, DreamVision Entertainment (Orlando) and Animated Family Films (South Africa).
Ron continues to pursue volunteer activities in music and theatre and teaches at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management.