The Deal has an excellent article on the state of the Disney-Pixar merger, and especially on the nay-sayers now that this partnership has become an unqualified success. It's a long article, with a lot of inside details.
Still, what I got out of this was the same thing that I got out of the previous reports when it was all happening - Bob Iger had the vision and the intelligence to see what was going on. The "franchise" that Disney had at that time all came out of animated characters that they didn't create directly. They would have lost one of their lifelines had Pixar separated from them.
It also didn't hurt that for some reason, Iger and Steve Jobs seem to get along well with each other, and that they both could envisioned various ways that both Disney and Apple could compliment each other via iTunes.
Now, you can't imagine Disney doing anything differently.