Disney, Oklahoma

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Disney is located in Oklahoma
Location of Disney in Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°28′39″N 95°1′13″W / 36.47750°N 95.02028°W / 36.47750; -95.02028Coordinates: 36°28′39″N 95°1′13″W / 36.47750°N 95.02028°W / 36.47750; -95.02028
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
 • Land1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
817 ft (249 m)
 • Total311
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)539/918
FIPS code40-20900[1]
GNIS feature ID1092095[2]

Disney is a town in Mayes County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 311 at the 2010 census.[3] Despite its name, it is in no affiliation with The Walt Disney Company or Walt Disney himself.[4]


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 bounded 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, strolling across main street (HwY 28) and nibbling on lawns, shrubs, and flowers.

There is a convenience store, a bait shop, a post office, two 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 1930s, 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 available. It is one of the few, if not the only, hotels / B&Bs, etc. on the southeast part of the lake. In the October 1938 issue of Scribner's magazine, famed artist Thomas Hart Benton wrote an article about Disney, titled "Thirty-Six Hours in a Boom Town".

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. The first church in Disney was built by William J Morrow. He worked on the Dam from start to finish, he lived there with his family, wife Cora, children Dorothy, Billie, Jesse (Jake), Wayne, Deloris, & Bobbie Gene, Disney had no church, Mr. Morrow wanted a church for his family to go to, so he built the first church Disney had. He went on to develop a large part of the land around Grand Lake. The Morrows are a large family and many of them still live in Disney, Langley and all around the area.

The Picture in Scripture Amphitheater is 3.5 miles east of town, and on Fridays and Saturdays for several weeks during the summer presents the story of the apostle Paul.[5]


Disney is located at 36°28′39″N 95°1′13″W / 36.47750°N 95.02028°W / 36.47750; -95.02028 (36.477501, -95.020272).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (10.49%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2015303[7]−2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the 2010 Census Disney had a population of 311. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 73.0% white, 17.0% Native American, 0.3% from some other race, 9.6% reporting two or more races and 0.6% Hispanic or Latino from any race.[9]

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 per square mile (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.

There were 124 households out of which 10.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.7% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.8% were non-families. 46.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.82 and the average family size was 2.59.

In the town, the population was spread out with 14.6% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 28.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,417, and the median income for a family was $36,875. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $25,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,975. About 21.4% of families and 24.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.6% of those under the age of eighteen and 21.3% of those sixty five or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Pryor Daily Times. "Mayes County grows by 3,000. April 4, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011.[1]
  4. ^ Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture. "DISNEY". 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2012. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2009-10-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Picture in Scripture Amphitheater". GrandLake.com. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ 2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics for Disney from the US Census

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