Roy O. Disney or Roy E. Disney? Here’s That Disney Difference

by | Jan 30, 2022 | WDW Blog

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Roy O. Disney and Roy E. Disney. What a difference one letter makes—and two lifetimes dedicated to the Walt Disney Company. Here are father and son, a tale of two Roys.

In our February 2022 issue (“Cast Member Magic”), we featured an article with brief profiles of the seven CEOs of The Walt Disney Company over the past century.

We commissioned an artist to recreate their likenesses in the same style to give a particular aesthetic to the piece. The article included a section about Roy O. Disney, Walt Disney’s brother and co-founder of The Walt Disney Company; however, we failed to catch that the picture we featured was that of his son, Roy E. Disney, who served as Vice Chairman of The Walt Disney Company.

The mistake has been corrected in our Digital Edition, but our Print Edition has already been printed and mailed to subscribers.

We apologize deeply for this oversight. Our team is only human, and we all try our best, but we’re revamping our internal processes to avoid such errors in the future. Print subscribers can email help@wdwmagazine.com for access to the Digital Edition of the issue to see the corrected piece.

In the spirit of learning from our error, we’d like to take the time to share with you some highlights from the lives of both Roy O. and Roy E. Disney, so you can get to know father and son a little better.

Let’s Hear it For The Roys

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“For more than 40 years, people have looked to Walt Disney for the finest quality in family entertainment. There is no way to replace Walt Disney. He was an extraordinary man. Perhaps there will never be another like him… The world will always be a better place because Walt Disney was its master showman.” – Roy O. Disney

 

Roy O. Disney

Born: June 24, 1893

Active: 1945–1968, the first CEO of the Walt Disney Company.

Best Known For:

While Walt created, Roy was his numbers guy.

From working a paper delivery route with his brother to co-building an empire together, Roy was Walt’s right-hand man. He handled the business side of things while Walt dreamed. 

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“It’s not hard to make decisions, once you know what your values are.” – Roy E. Disney

 

Roy E. Disney

Born: January 10, 1930

Active: 1951–2009, former Vice chairman of the Walt Disney Company

Best Known For:

If you love the Disney Renaissance period, Roy E. is among those you should thank. He partnered with Michael Eisner to breathe life back into Disney animation. He was passionate about Walt’s work and championed the creation of Fantasia 2000.

Learn more about Roy E. Disney and father, Roy O. Disney….

Thank You, Subscribers

Print subscribers: Email help@wdwmagazine.com for access to the Digital Edition of the issue to see the corrected piece. We are committed to bringing you in-depth and accurate information.

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Written by WDW Magazine

At WDW Magazine, our mission is to help you feel the magic of Walt Disney World at the touch of a button, or the turn of a page. Whether you prefer the instant access of our Digital Edition, or the glossy pages of our Print Edition, WDW Magazine will make you feel like you’re in the middle of the magic.