Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away earlier today following a year-long battle with cancer.,
Roy E. Disney 1930 – 2009
Over a 56-year period with The Walt Disney Company, Roy E. Disney twice played a key role in saving it from creative ruin, overseeing a new golden age of animation that included Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, pushing with all his energy the need to preserve Disney’s historic legacy whilst looking to the future, embracing new technology to revitalise Disney tradition.
D23, the official community for Disney fans, just published a look back at his life and his legacy.
Roy’s resignation from the Disney board of directors in 1984, following his unhappiness with the company’s lack of direction, triggered a series of developments which saw the arrival of Michael Eisner and Frank Wells to revitalise the company and — of course — put together the most lavish magic kingdom the world has ever seen. A shining example of Roy’s constant push to maintain Disney values. A place that would have even blown his Uncle Walt away.
For keeping tradition; For looking ahead. Thank you, Roy.