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Florida Guide > Disney General

DISNEYS WINDOWS part5

ROY O. DISNEY (Walt Disney brothers)

In 1923, Roy O. Disney started the Walt Disney Studio with his younger brother, Walt. Roy contributed $250, Walt had $40, and they borrowed $500 from an uncle. With Walt as the creative force of the company, Roy handled the company’s finances, once stating. “ My job is to help Walt do the things he wants do the things he wants to do. ” It was Roy who sold the weekly Disneyland television show to the ABC network in September of 1953, which gave Walt the funds to build Disneyland Park. After Walt’s death in 1966, Roy postponed his retirement to personally supervise the planning and construction of the “Disney World” project, which he renamed Walt Disney World resort as a tribute to his brother.

His pseudonym, Roy Davis, is also listed on a window. It’s the name he used when travelling to Florida when the company secretly acquired the land for Walt Disney World resort in 1964.

BOB FOSTER

In 1964, Bob Foster was working as legal counsel for Disneyland Park when he was given the task of acquiring the land for Project X, which was to become Walt Disney World resort. Acting with utmost secrecy to avoid the appearance of having any connection to Disney (and thus drive up land values), Bob used the surname Price (his middle name) during his travels to central Florida. He used dummy corporations, such as Bay Lake Properties, Aye four Corporation , and Reedy Greek Ranch, to purchase the land on Walt’s behalf. He was initially sent to acquire 5, 000 acres, but he would eventually execute forty-seven transactions, purchasing more than 27, 000 acres for the company. His pseudonym ‘’Real Estate Dev. Co’’ window also lists his ‘’Bob Price’’ alias.

YALE GRACEY

A mechanical genius and tinkerer, Yale Gracey was a layout artist at the Studio before 1961, when he moved over to WED to become a special-effects and lighting artist. He is best known for his elaborate effects in the Haunted Mansion Attraction. Together with Imagineer Rolly Crump, he created the entire attraction’s unique effects, including the séance room and the graveyard scene’s singing busts. He made use of the “Pepper’s Ghost” reflection technique, which plays a prominent role in the attraction’s ballroom scene and hitchhiking-ghost ending. Yale also invented and installed the fire effect in the “burning town” scene in Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction.

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