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I was saddened to hear the news that Roy E. Disney died today. Roy was the son of Roy O. Disney and nephew of Walt Disney. He helped save the Walt Disney Company from a hostile takeover in the mid-80's and along with Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg helped usher in the Disney Renaissance of the late 80's and early to mid 90's, both on screen and in the theme parks. Oddly enough he also helped oust Eisner in the 2005 Save Disney campaign that ushered in Bob Iger and the purchase of Pixar, which has lead to another renaissance both in animation and in the theme parks. For these things alone any fan of animation or of Disney in general owes him a debt of gratitude. I had the pleasure of speaking to Roy on a few occasions as he was a regular visitor in the park and, like his uncle, was always kind and courteous to the cast members. He will definitely be missed.
He always seemed a nice man to me. He will be missed. But at least the company is in better hands, at the moment.