Passing of DFC’s Disney Legend Phil Smith

Dear Members,

Its with great sadness that we wanted to share the passing of our Disneyana Fan Club Legend-Phil Smith (2008).

Phil Smith died on Tuesday February 23, 2016 from complications of kidney disease. He was 83 years old. Phil as many of you may remember was the first employee of Walt Disney World though he did not know it at the time. Phil was lured in 1965 by Disney’s law firm in Miami by Paul Helliwell. Disney was quietly buying property in Orlando more than 40 square acres. Phil was hired to help pave the legal path to the development of Disney World and subsequent creation of the Reedy Creek Improvement District.