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Monday, September 22, 2014

Rest in Peace, Royal "Mickey" Clark

Royal "Mickey" Clark was one of the first employees of WED Enterprises, the company Walt Disney setup to build DISNEYLAND. Since Roy Disney was initially against the concept of DISNEYLAND, Walt had to create his own organization to get things started. That's where Royal Clark came in. Serving as Walt Disney's personal accountant, Mr. Clark would often be the person who had to help Walt find the seed money needed for whatever project he was planning. Of course, Roy Disney would often cave in and Royal would find himself transferring whatever project and funding over to Disney Productions.

Royal Clark's early work on DISNEYLAND was so important that he was given a window on Main Street by Walt Disney personally. In fact, his window was there from opening day in 1955. Mr. Clark has passed away last week at the age of 96. His window survives above the Carnation Cafe.