Disney, Oklahoma

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Disney is a town in Mayes County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 226 at the 2000 census. Despite its name, it is in no affiliation with the Walt Disney Company or Disney himself.

Disney is also known as "Disney Island" because it sits on an island at the southern shore of Grand Lake O the Cherokees. Oklahoma State Highway 28 is the only road into and out of Disney. To get into Disney from the west, one must drive across the 1-mile long Pensacola Dam. To continue out of Disney, two more small dams with spillway gates must be crossed. The northern part of Disney is lake-front. The southern part boundaried by a wide stream. The spillways from the two small dams join this stream.

Disney has a herd of "island deer" that, while wild and not kept in an enclosure, act more like dogs... sauntering across mainstreet (HwY 28) and nibbling on lawns, shrubs, and flowers.

Today there is a convenience store, a bait shop, a post office, 2 drive-ins, and a sporting goods / lake apparel store in the historic "Dam Hotel" building. There are also offices for construction firms, a gift shop, two churches, and a church camp facility.

When the dam was built in the early 30s, Disney was a different place—hundreds of workers, bosses, engineers, truck drivers, and all the services a large workforce would require were based in and near Disney. The Rogers Cabins motel is the former "superintendents" quarters. About 10 WPA era rock cabins, remodeled as motel rooms, are avaialble at reasonable rates. It's one of the few, if not the only, hotels / B&Bs, etc. on the southeast part of the lake.

Disney's growth is limited by the size of the island and the technical difficulties with bringing municipal services across the dams, so Disney has its own water plant, no public sewer system (all septic), and no natural gas service to houses.



Disney is located at 36°28′39″N 95°1′13″W / 36.4775°N 95.02028°W / 36.4775; -95.02028 (36.477501, -95.020272)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (10.49%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 226 people, 124 households, and 56 families residing in the town. The population density was 175.6 people per square mile (67.6/km²). There were 252 housing units at an average density of 195.8/sq mi (75.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 80.53% White, 0.44% African American, 9.29% Native American, and 9.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.

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