Walt Disney Company inducts 11 new Disney Legends

In a ceremony at the Burbank Walt Disney Studios, the Walt Disney Company inducted 11 new Disney Legends yesterday. The Legends are chosen by a selection committee chosen by Roy E. Disney. The program honors gifted animators, Imagineers, songwriters, actors and business leaders as having made a significant impact on the Disney legacy.

Including the 11 inducted yesterday, there are 227 Disney Legends.

This year’s inductees are:

  • Television pioneer Barbara Walters
  • Broadcasting legend Frank Gifford
  • Voice actor Wayne Allwine (Mickey Mouse)
  • Voice actress Russi Taylor (Minnie Mouse)
  • Disney Imagineer Bob Booth (Enchanted Tiki Room, New York World’s Fair Pavilions, EPCOT and Tokyo Disneyland)
  • Disney Imagineer Neil Gallagher (Mr. Lincoln for New York World’s Fair, Enchanted Tiki Room, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disneyland Paris)
  • Representative director, chairman and CEO of the Oriental Land Company, Toshio Kagami
  • Animator Burny Mattinson (“Lady and the Tramp,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “101 Dalmatians,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King”)
  • Animator Walt Peregoy (“Peter Pan,” “Lady and the Tramp,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Sword in the Stone,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book”)
  • Disney Imagineer Dorothea Redmond (New Orleans Square, Fantasyland) • Musician Oliver Wallace (“Dumbo,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Peter Pan,” “Lady and the Tramp”)

Honorees each received a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends Award sculpture signifying the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the company. The new Disney Legends also participated in a hand-print ceremony.

I’m so happy Wayne and Russi were inducted. They’re the absolute nicest couple and who ever would have guessed that Mickey and Minnie were married in real life. Well, Wayne and Russi are.

Visit the Disney Legends website to learn more.

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