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You Need to See These Creepy Cute Disney Halloween Masks from the Walt Disney Archives

By Jocelyn Buhlman

Vintage Halloween masks can be a charming portal to the past—or a creepy peek at design differences from another era. Whether you’re wishing for one of these retro Disney masks of your own or hoping they stay firmly in the past, you’ll be fascinated by this collection of Ben Cooper Disney Halloween masks from our friends at the Walt Disney…

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Walt Disney Archives 50th anniversary exhibit

The Walt Disney Archives Kicks Off a Yearlong 50th Anniversary Celebration

By Beth Deitchman

The Walt Disney Archives marks a major milestone next year and has just revealed plans for a yearlong 50th-anniversary celebration. The festivities kick off at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, where Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic opens to the public on March 7, 2020.

The traveling exhibit offers a…

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Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.: Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist, 2019 Disney Legend

By Zach Johnson

Becoming a Disney Legend the same year as his collaborator and friend Jon Favreau makes the recognition even more meaningful for Robert Downey Jr., who launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with his inimitable turn as Tony Stark in Iron Man. “We thought we’d arrived when the Paramount folks brought us to Mr. Chow’s in 2008. We were like,…

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Bette Midler

Bette Midler Looks Back at Her Disney Movies—And Mostly Hocus Pocus

By Jeffrey Epstein

From 1986 until 1993, Bette Midler worked on a staggering 10 projects for Disney. From her hilarious turns in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless People, and Outrageous Fortune to her heartbreaking role in Beaches, her animated debut in Oliver & Company, and her iconic performance in Hocus Pocus, the Divine Miss M is every bit a Disney Legend….

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Barnette Ricci

Barnette Ricci’s Fantasmic! Journey to Becoming a Disney Legend

By Zach Johnson

“I am deeply honored and so very proud to be named a Disney Legend,” says Barnette Ricci, one of 12 remarkable people who were inducted August 23 at D23 Expo 2019. “And this is going to be especially exciting for me because I used to direct the Disney Legends ceremonies!”

Ricci actually started her career with The Walt Disney Company in…

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Robert Downey Jr.

D23 Expo 2019 Disney Legends Ceremony Recap

Welcome, 2019 class of Disney Legends! The first event at Hall D23 helped kick off a magical morning at D23 Expo 2019 with the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, honoring 12 amazing visionaries and artists across the worlds of Disney from film, television, music, and more.

Check out the best moments from this fan-favorite D23 Expo tradition!

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Disney Legend Kenny Ortega

Kenny Ortega

Kenny Ortega grew up in a household filled with music and dance, so it was natu­ral for him to turn to musical theatre and film for a career. “When I was a little boy, I remember watching my mother and father dance in the living room. They would jitterbug and mambo. Before we had TV, we had radio and records, and my mom and dad were always dancing. I remember her…

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Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Bette Midler was 12 when she saw her first stage show, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, recalling, “I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was. I fell so in love with it.
Everything else in my life receded once I discovered theatre.”
Bette moved to New York in 1965. Within a year she hit the Great White Way, first as a…

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Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.

With an art house filmmaker father and a writer and actress mother, Robert Downey Jr. was born to make his mark on the silver screen. Growing up in New York City, London, Santa Monica, and Greenwich Village, among others—wherever his parents were working—he recalled, “I was raised by a black-and-white RCA TV. Rod Serling. Bill Shatner. Hogan’s Heroes, and…

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer

Born in Germany, composer Hans Zimmer has scored more than 160 projects which, combined, have grossed more than $28 billion worldwide. Hans has been honored with an Academy Award® , two Golden Globes®, three Grammys®, an American Music Award, and a Tony Award®.

Hans first gained fame as a member of the pop music group The Buggles, whose music video for “Video…

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