Sunday, October 25, 2009
20091026_wdw1972.png38 years ago today Roy O. Disney officially dedicated Walt Disney World in Florida.

Roy was Walt Disney's older brother and the co-founder of what, at one point, was called the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. For forty-something years he was the financial genius that kept Walt's ideas going.

After Walt's death in 1966, Roy delayed his retirement, became the chairman of the company and renamed what was then called "Disney World" as "Walt Disney World" as a tribute to his brother.

Walt Disney World finally opened to the public on October 1, 1971, but the three-day grand opening celebration wasn't until October 23. It ended with Roy's dedication.


"Walt Disney World is tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney ... and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place ... a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn - together."

After Walt Disney World was finally open, Roy retired from the company and planned on taking a cruise with his wife. Sadly, he died of a stroke a few weeks later on December 20, 1971.
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