Ron Logan, a Disney Legend and former entertainment director at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, died Tuesday at the age of 84.
Starting out as a trumpet player at Disneyland, Logan’s climb up the corporate ladder included becoming Disney World’s music director in 1978, Disneyland’s entertainment director in 1980, and Disney World’s vice president of entertainment in 1982. In 1987, he became vice president of creative show development for all of Disney’s theme parks.
In that role, Disney said he was “instrumental in the productions” of many Disney stage shows and nighttime spectaculars of the era, ranging from “Fantasmic” to “Festival of the Lion King” to “Voyage of the Little Mermaid.”
A “Beauty and the Beast” show at Disneyland served as the basis for Disney’s expansion into Broadway, and Logan served as president of Walt Disney Theatrical Productions for five years before retiring in 2001.
He was honored by the company with a Disney Legend award in 2007 and a window on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom which reads “Main Street Music Co., Ron Logan, Leading the Band into a New Century.”
What’s on the menu for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando
With the 31st edition of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights days away, Universal issued a press release detailing some of the food items available at this year’s event.
Along with HHN staples like pizza fries and twisted taters are items like “Fried Zombie Brains” (a vegan option with fried cauliflower florets, spicy gochujang sauce, toasted sesame seeds and scallions) and “Petrified Rat Tails” (Seasoned funnel fries with crab dip and sliced scallions). There are also food and drink options themed around houses and scare zones, like the Lil’ Boo’s Spicy Pumpkin Bun (a steamed bun filled with spicy butternut squash).
Outside of Universal Studios Florida, you’ll find a new theme and Universal Monsters-inspired menu at Red Coconut Club in CityWalk, temporarily being renamed Dead Coconut Club during HHN. Universal’s on-site hotels will also serving cocktails themed around three classic Universal Monsters.
HHN 31 starts this Friday and runs on select nights through Halloween.
Knott’s chaperone policy in effect on holidays
Unaccompanied minors won’t be allowed inside Knott’s Berry Farm on Labor Day, extending the new chaperone policy to holidays for the first time.
The policy was first introduced in July after violent fights involving teenagers forced Knott’s to close three hours early on a Saturday night. On Fridays through Sundays, and all nights of Knott’s Scary Farm, Knott’s guests under 18 have to be accompanied by a chaperone 21 or older while they’re in the park.
Knott’s said in an email to passholders that the policy “will be implemented during holiday time periods,” which could mean that busier days before and after Christmas could be subject to the same restrictions.