Here's to the family and friends.
Is there anybody else left in the Disney family or was he the last "Disney". I know that Walt's Daughter is still alive, but her last name is not Disney.
From what I see, he was battling stomach cancer for awhile so it was not sudden as I feared before. He was also near 80 which makes the point of how old Roy sr. and Walt really were. Walt was in his mid 50s when Disneyland opened.
Disney, D23, and Disneystore tweets concour with this sad news!
Condolences to his family.
I wonder what he thought of the Disney blog then?
Also, this is the nephew, not brother of Walt Disney. Roy Disney would be near 110 years old if he was still alive :)
The one thing that interested me is the near silence of the Disney family in the company these days, except him. I wonder why?
To that end, I think it's highly appropriate that TH Creative quoted Mr. John Lasseter. He's your man carrying that responsibility for creative within the company, now and going forward.
I still have my DISAPPOINTED T shirt from when the push to get back to the real Disney Roots was going on. I have lead my life attempting to follow the lead of Walt, Roy and nephew Roy. Their attention to morals and detail. Their zest for life and creating "The Magic". What will happen now? I realize there are still many Disney Family members left but exactly what is their role as Cast Members? Are any actively involved? I have been happy to see things begin to turn around recently. It has been and continues to be a goal of mine to become a Cast Member however it seems that the Disney Company does the correct moral thing and promotes from within. Roy will be missed and my sincere sympathy to all the family. He was a FANTASMIC Man!
The second encounter was more official. I was working as a concierge at the Grand Floridian. I had just finished booking some dining for a guest, when another guest came up to my desk. An older woman was standing there and I urged her to have a seat as I'd be right with her as soon as I finished entering the previous guest's information into the computer. She sat down and as I was typing I could see her husband come up out of the corner of my eye. He was speaking to the other concierge at that time, asking questions. I finished typing and looked up in time to see Mrs. Disney sitting in front of her husband Roy! Since Roy looked so much like his uncle, it was like suddenly looking up to see Walt Disney himself standing in front of you! He had been chatting with the other concierge about places to dine that evening and I entered the conversation, making suggestions. There was a Disneyanna convention in the Contemporary Resort that week, and he and his family were there attending that event. Mrs. Disney was complaining about how many hours he was "working" while the family was on vacation. After arranging dining for them, the Disneys thanked the other concierge and I for our help. As they started to walk away, Roy's wife turned back to us and with a mischievous twinkle in her eye told us that NEXT year, the family was going to vacation at Universal, where her husband wouldn't be so prone to work all the time! He gave her an exasperated look, and they left us chuckling at the concierge desk!
Last night, my family and I went to see Princess and the Frog at the movies. It was a fitting tribute to the man who really was the champion of Disney animation. P&F is just the type of movie that Roy Disney was pushing the company to produce more often. Seeing it was the perfect way to celebrate Roy Disney's legacy at the Disney company! He will be missed!
Many of us lived in the hope that one day he might return to steer the Disney Corporation along the same lines that Walt and Roy.O had done years before. With the emphasis on customer satisfaction rather than on merely swelling the wallets of the shareholders.
He will be greatly missed.