Interview: Jack Lindquist (The opening ceremony for “it’s a small world”)

(Jack Lindquist on telephone at left) Grand opening of "it's a small world," as children pour water from their native lands, Walt Disney prepares to pour American water from Davy Crockett's canteen into the moat. Chuck Corson, whose interviews you can also hear on here, is in the background with the walkie-talkie.
(Jack Lindquist on telephone at left) Grand opening of “it’s a small world,” as children pour water from their native lands, Walt Disney prepares to pour American water from Davy Crockett’s canteen into the moat. Chuck Corson, whose interviews you can also hear on here, is in the background with the walkie-talkie.

Jack Lindquist came up with the idea for the opening ceremony for the classic “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland. He was also Disneyland’s first advertising manager, beginning in 1955. He continued with the company in marketing for Disneyland. Walt Disney World and international Disney resorts. His many accomplishments include the creation of the Disneyland Ambassador program, the creation of the Walt Disney Travel Company, the international waters ceremony for the opening of the it’s a small world attraction, Disney Dollars, and in 1990 Jack became the first president of Disneyland.

THE OPENING CEREMONY FOR IT’S A SMALL WORLD

AUDIO INDEX
1:23 Needed something special for the opening of the it’s a small world attraction at Disneyland; Jack came up with the idea of having Disney reps all over the world send water from their native countries to pour into the attraction moat; got kids representing those countries to pour the water

Disneyland Ambassador Ceremony, 1991, Suzanne Palmiter, Jack Lindquist, Jill Ornelas
Disneyland Ambassador Ceremony, 1991, Suzanne Palmiter, Jack Lindquist, Jill Ornelas
1967, Roy O. Disney, Jack Lindquist, and 1967 Disneyland Ambassador Marcia Miner stand by a model of the new Tomorrowland
1967, Roy O. Disney, Jack Lindquist, and 1967 Disneyland Ambassador Marcia Miner stand by a model of the new Tomorrowland
1992 "Pigskin Bash" for the Disneyland Pigskin Classic football game
1992 “Pigskin Bash” for the Disneyland Pigskin Classic football game
Former Disneyland presidents Matt Ouimet, Jack Lindquist and George Kalogridis
Former Disneyland presidents Matt Ouimet, Jack Lindquist and George Kalogridis

 

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