View Poll Results: How should Roy be memorialized?

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  • The humble Roy looks comfortable off to the side with Minnie.

    14 70.00%
  • Roy should face the castle he built.

    3 15.00%
  • Roy should face the castle, & be tripled in size.

    0 0%
  • He should be ON the castle, SshipEarth, tree & hat breathing fire

    2 10.00%
  • He should replace the castle, but be a bit taller.

    0 0%
  • He should become AA & appear at the climax of the H of Presidents

    0 0%
  • Sorry I don't care more. But thanks for WDW, Roy!

    1 5.00%
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    How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    Bob Thomas makes a strong case why Roy Disney was arguably the second greatest person in history. Yet his statue on Main Street now rests with Minnie off to the side. Please share how you feel about a Roy statue/monument in WDW's Magic Kingdom.
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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    On a bench with Minnie is fine.

    Roy wasn't creatively responsible for Magic Kingdom, Walt was. Roy's influence was that he kept the project rolling forward after Walt passed away.

    He was a great man, got the bills paid, and was loyal to his creative brother until the end.
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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    On a bench with Minnie is fine.

    Roy wasn't creatively responsible for Magic Kingdom, Walt was. Roy's influence was that he kept the project rolling forward after Walt passed away.

    He was a great man, got the bills paid, and was loyal to his creative brother until the end.
    And he raised a son, the late Roy Disney, Jr., who tried valiantly to improve the Disney company from the early 80s. Roy & Roy Jr. were among Walt's greatest soldiers, fighting to make families happier via original, Walt-inspired creativity.

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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    Quote Originally Posted by jcruise86 View Post
    Bob Thomas makes a strong case why Roy Disney was arguably the second greatest person in history.
    Not sure if serious.

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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    Roy definately left his mark on the company and he made sure WDW went on. He should be honored for this, but he never had the passion that Walt had.
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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    The statue where it is suits me just fine - Roy deserves credit for backing Walt, and getting WDW off the ground using his brother's ideas, 100 percent. He backed Walt throughout his career, but he never was much of an 'idea man' and he helped sell the image of Walt as the creative force. Therefore, a humble, subtle tribute works for him and complements the statue of Walt being the 'centerpiece' - and remember, he got a statue at all at Magic Kingdom, which he rightly deserved, and it's a very affectionate and nice tribute at that (whereas Walt is shown looking to the future/projecting about what is out there, Roy seems to be enjoying it and participating via his statue).

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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    He should be ON the castle, SshipEarth, tree & hat breathing fire
    One of the greatest poll choices ever.

    On a more serious note, the current statue of Roy and Minnie is really the perfect tribute to him. He was the one who pushed for Walt's dream to build WDW to come true. He even had them change the name from Disney World (as Walt was originally going to call it) to WALT Disney World, to honor his brother and his vision. Walt was the creative one... Roy was the one who found the money to make Walt's ideas a reality.

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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    Mr. Roy Disney was certainly among the most under-rated businessmen of the 20th century. I don't think it is anywhere near an overstatement to claim that without his brother, Mr. Walt Disney would never have achieved the same level of success.

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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    I think his bench statue is a perfect tribute to him. You dont want anything more flashy/bigger etc to out-do the Walt statue.

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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    Quote Originally Posted by themeparktrilogy View Post
    Mr. Roy Disney was certainly among the most under-rated businessmen of the 20th century. I don't think it is anywhere near an overstatement to claim that without his brother, Mr. Walt Disney would never have achieved the same level of success.
    This.

    Roy was amazing! Want an example. Complain about Disney right now. Your complaint was about corporate management, right? They are blatantly greedy, The quality keeps going downhill, they are afraid to take any risks. Now let's remember what Roy did. Every crazy idea that Walt had from a cartoon with sound to making his own city in Florida, Roy greenlit and got the funding for. He could have pulled the plug on any of them at any time, but he didn't because, like his brother, he too must have had a good eye for quality.

    Roy doesn't get anywhere near the credit he deserves. This too was his decision. Roy hated the attention, which is why his statue on Main Street suits him perfectly. He preferred to be off to the side and out of the public eye despite Walt's almost constant attempts to remind people that his brother was right there with him from the start. I don't know why people act like the only thing he did was finish Walt Disney World after Walt died.
    It bothers me when people selectively edit quotes to support whatever point they are trying to prove.

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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    Roy and Minnie are front and center between the flagpole and Main Street, USA, looking back toward the train station. Roy made Walt Disney possible. Nothing short of that. If Partners is the memorial to Walt, then I think the bench adequately commemorates Roy's many contributions to the business.
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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    Agreed. And I think his current orientation looking toward the train station is the correct one. That way you can take a pic of Roy and Minnie with the Castle in the background!

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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    Quote Originally Posted by JtnOrl View Post
    Not sure if serious.
    Bob Thomas wrote a whole book on Roy called "Building a Company". It was to go along with Thomas' book on Walt, and one of the few company-approved biographies on the man, "Walt Disney: An American Original".
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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneylandfan85 View Post
    Bob Thomas wrote a whole book on Roy called "Building a Company". It was to go along with Thomas' book on Walt, and one of the few company-approved biographies on the man, "Walt Disney: An American Original".
    Neal Gabler's Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Spirit is the definitive book on Walt. I've read few biographies (on anyone) that are better.
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    Re: How MUCH do you love & honor Roy Disney?

    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Olson View Post
    Neal Gabler's Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Spirit is the definitive book on Walt.
    Agreed

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