Roy O. Disney

Businessman + Co-founder of Walt Disney
Born Jun 24, 1893

Not to be confused with his son, Roy E. Disney. Roy Oliver Disney was, with his younger brother Walt Disney, the co-founder of what is now The Walt Disney Company.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Roy O. Disney.


1893 Birth Born on June 24, 1893.


1917 24 Years Old Roy was born to Canadian Elias Disney and German-American Flora Call Disney in Chicago, Illinois. Roy served in the US Navy from 1917–19; a year later his brother Walt tried joining the US Army, only being refused due to being under age. … Read More


1923 30 Years Old In 1923, Walt moved to Hollywood, joining Roy, together founding the Disney Bros Studio. … Read More
1925 32 Years Old Roy was married to Edna Francis from April 1925 until his death; their only child Roy Edward Disney, was born on January 10, 1930. … Read More
1929 36 Years Old While Walt was the creative man, Roy was the one who made sure the company was financially stable; Roy and Walt both founded Disney Studios as brothers, but Walt would buy out most of Roy's share in 1929 and, unlike Max and Dave Fleischer of rival Fleischer Studios, Roy was not a co-producer. … Read More


1945 52 Years Old He also shared the role of Chairman of the Board with Walt from 1945.


1960 67 Years Old Walt however dropped the Chairman title in 1960 so he could focus more on the creative aspects of the company.
1966 73 Years Old 1 More Event
After Walt Disney's death in 1966, Roy postponed his retirement to oversee construction of what was then known as Disney World, and later renamed it Walt Disney World as a tribute to his brother.
1971 78 Years Old 1 More Event
After Walt Disney World opened in October 1971, Roy Disney finally retired. … Read More
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