Roy Disney – Walt’s Older Brother and Long Term Business Adviser

Roy Disney – the man behind the curtain

 No story of Walt Disney World would be complete without a tribute to the forgotten Disney. Roy was Uncle Walt’s older brother

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While Walt Disney was undoubtedly one of the most creative people to live in our time, Roy O. Disney was the man behind the scenes that made the dreams come true. He had a gift for getting Walt’s nutty projects financed and getting Walt to finish them.

Walt was always more of a  showman. He loved attention. He was  full of energy. From the time Walt was in high school he was a performer along with an artist. Roy was the quiet one.

Roy and Walt Disney

Walt Disney died in 1966 and the Disney company almost died with him. Walt’s dream of a “Disney World” was in disarray. There was no one left at Disney who could drive the project. Up until then every project had been driven by Walt and the company was leaderless.


Then came Roy to the rescue.

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Like a lot of comic book hero’s Roy Disney led a life in the shadows. The shadows of a brilliant genius.


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Walt Disney was a man with lots of dreams, he just didn’t have any real money sense. After his first company went bankrupt (his last company without Roy) he moved to California and hooked up with his older brother. Roy was able to get some financing and the brothers pooled their resources and had $750.00 to work on Walt’s newest project  – and the rest as they say is history.


Roy spent his whole life making Walt’s dreams come true. He died just a couple of months after the opening of Walt’s Last Dream, Walt Disney World.

Roy O. Disney was the lesser known of the Disney brothers and that’s a shame. He made dreams come true for millions and especially for his younger brother.

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