Walt Disney Studio Lot: Roy O. and Minnie

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About halfway down Legends Plaza is a statue of Roy O. Disney and Minnie Mouse. The statue is a tribute to the combined efforts of Roy O. and his son Roy E. to keep the focus of the company on its foundation in animation when it seemed

as if the animation department would be overgrown by the advent of live action programming in the 80s. It now seems impossible to think that animation would ever be anything short of Disney’s mainstay… Through Roy E.’s guidance as the head of the animation department, Disney made a string of box office successes including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King” (ever heard of them?) to prove the importance of animation to the company’s repertoire. About a month after his death, the studio’s Animation Building was renamed in his honor this past January.

Roy Disney seated alongside Minnie Mouse on Legends Plaza: Burbank CA

3 Responses to “Walt Disney Studio Lot: Roy O. and Minnie”

  1. Victor says:

    Actually, this is Roy O. Disney, the brother of Walt Disney. The Roy you’re referring to is Roy E. Disney, the son of Roy O. and nephew to Walt.

    • andrew says:

      Wow thanks Victor, you’re absolutely right! I must have gotten the Roy’s crossed up when I started thinking about the animation building’s renaming.

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