2007 Bob Matheison

Bob Matheison wore many hats during his 34-year career in the Disney theme parks. His career began in 1960, when he received a call from an old friend offering him a job at Disneyland as a sound coordinator. Bob accepted, and assumed responsibility for everything from recorded music to teaching Jungle Cruise guides how to speak into their microphones. Bob then became manager of Guest Relations and, later, helped produce live radio and television broadcasts from Disneyland. By 1965, Walt tapped Bob to manage operation of It's a Small World and to supervise the technical assistance staff for the Magic Skyway, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and the Carousel of Progress at the New York World’s Fair. Bob returned to California in 1966 to head the research and development team for Walt Disney World. He also helped develop a 13-week executive training program for Walt Disney World, a forerunner of Disney’s current corporate training program. In 1969, Bob was named director of operations at Disneyland. A year later, he carried the title to Florida, where he outlined an operating plan for the new theme park. He was promoted to vice president of operations in 1972, and then to vice president of the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT in 1984. Three years later, Bob was promoted to executive vice president of parks, Walt Disney World. He held that job for seven years before he retired in February, 1994.
 
 
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