To put it simply, if you’ve been named a Disney Legend, you couldn’t go any higher.
The Walt Disney Company’s highest and most coveted honor is bestowed upon those who are “…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.” says Disney CEO Bob Iger. Since 1987, Disney has sought these individuals which already include Regis Philbin, Tim Allen, and Alan Menken to name a few. This year’s recipients have been announced and include:
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All Disney Legends receive a two-foot-tall bronze sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity, and magic they have brought to the Disney Company. They will also participate in a handprint ceremony where their handprints will displayed in a plaza at the Company headquarters in Burbank.
The actual Disney Legends ceremony always use to be a private affair at the Disney Company headquarters, but it wasn’t until the D23 Expo came along that they decided to put these creative individuals center stage for the recognition they deserve – straight from the Disney fans and this year’s ceremony at the 2013 D23 Expo will no doubt be one to remember as regular stars once again become Legends for all to remember.
The ceremony will once again be hosted by ABC’s Tom Bergeron. You can find more information on the other Disney Legends by clicking here.
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Have you attended a past Disney Legends awards ceremony before at either a past D23 Expo or while they were at the Disney HQ? Who is your favorite Disney Legend? Why? Tell us in the comments!