Walt Disney Board Chairman Card Walker, Nov. 30 Walt Disney Board Chairman E. Cardon Walker, who helped create Walt Disney World and expand the company's theme parks around the world, died of congestive heart failure on Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at his home in La Canada Flintridge, Calif. He was 89. Walker joined Disney in 1938, starting in the mailroom. He moved into advertising and sales and became vice president for marketing and was a board member from 1960 until 1983. He was instrumental in the purchase and development of 28,000 acres in Central Florida, which later became Walt Disney World. He became president of the company in 1971, the year that Roy O. Disney, a co-founder, died and the year that Walt Disney World opened. Here, Walker, right, and Oriental Land Co. Ltd. President Masatomo Takahashi cut the ribbon to open the Disneyland Japan in April 1983.