Roy E. Disney, nephew of Walt Disney and son of Roy O. Disney, passed away today (Dec. 16, 2009) at the age of 79. He died following a year long battle with stomach cancer.
The beauty of the Disney experience for me, and the thing that makes this all very universal and brings it all together, is that it still originates with the mind and the hand and the paper and the vision. And it's art. No matter how you define it and what the technological, architectural, engineering, or construction processes bring to the final result, the vision begins with an imaginative idea and beautiful art, and that's what makes the Disney park experience so culturally resonant, emotionally reassuring, and, most of all, perpetually memorable.