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New Disney Legends To Be Inducted at D23 Expo

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As is the new tradition, a fresh crop of Disney Legends will be inducted at this year’s D23 Expo in Anaheim on Saturday August 10. Included in the class are Monsters Inc. and Monsters University stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman, technology visionary Steve Jobs, television icon Dick Clark and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy. I’m particularly happy to see Tony Baxter and Glen Keane get the nod while they’re both still around to enjoy it.

“The Disney Legend Award is our highest and most coveted honor,” said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “It’s reserved for the extraordinary visionaries and artists behind the Disney magic, the men and women who push the limits of innovation and creativity to ensure Disney remains truly special. The eight Legends we honor this year helped create some of our most beloved characters along with exciting new worlds and thrilling attractions. They also entertained millions of people and expanded our definition of what’s possible. They are all indelible parts of our legacy, and we are proud to recognize them as true Disney Legends.”

The full list and their bios are below the jump:

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Disney Legends honored at D23 Expo

TOM BERGERON, PAIGE O'HARA, LEA SALONGA, ANIKA NONI ROSE, JODI BENSON

By all accounts the Friday 2011 Disney Legends ceremony was the emotional highlight of the D23 Expo. From four princess voices on stage singing together, to the family of Guy Williams, and a duet between Kermit The Frog and Rowlf the Dog to honor Jim Henson, there was not a dry eye in the house. That is, of course, if you could make it into the show. Lines formed early and the show filled up far ahead of time.

More photos and a list of all the honorees below the jump:

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Secrets of Backstage Meeting Rooms at EPCOT

Almost every attraction and pavilion at EPCOT has some sort of hidden room or lounge. Most of these were created as private entertainment spaces for the original corporate sponsors of the attraction. As Disney has moved away from the corporate sponsorship model, probably not by… Read More »Secrets of Backstage Meeting Rooms at EPCOT