Disney Legend Kenny Ortega

How Kenny Ortega Choreographed a Legendary Disney Career

By Beth Deitchman Multi-award-winning director, choreographer, and producer Kenny Ortega literally can’t remember a time when Disney wasn’t part of his life—whether he was falling asleep in a room where Disney characters covered the walls, courtesy of his father, a gifted artist himself; thrilling to the latest adventures of Spin and Marty on the Mickey …

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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 …

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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 …

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Tony Baxter at Disneyland accepting Main Street Marvels Award

Tony Baxter Honored with Window on Main Street, U.S.A.

On Friday, November 1, 2013, a window on Main Street, U.S.A., was unveiled to honor Disney Legend Tony Baxter, who began his career at Disneyland Park serving ice cream and went on to design some of Disney’s most marvelous realms of adventure and creativity.

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Disney Legend Jodi Benson

Jodi Benson Reflects on The Little Mermaid

In celebration of The Little Mermaid’s official release on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital, The Disney Insider caught up with Jodi to ask her some questions about the Disney classic that’s now “part of your world.”

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Jim Henson in his New York Office during the mid-1960s

Celebrating 77 Years of Jim Henson

From Henson’s early Sam and Friends to Sesame Street and Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3D, Disney and Muppet fans the world over fondly remember and cherish the entertainment that the maestro puppeteered to both the big and small screens.

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Remembering Disney Legend Mel Shaw, a panel discussion on his life and legacy

Mel Shaw Life Celebration

A touching tribute to the late Mel Shaw, a visionary Disney animation artist, was held at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California on February 19, 2013.

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Disney Legends Award Ceremony

Eight Honored as 2013 Disney Legends

Thousands of Disney’s most loyal and passionate fans were live witnesses to history on Saturday afternoon at the Anaheim Convention Center as The Walt Disney Company honored the eight newest inductees into the prestigious circle of Disney Legends. Tony Baxter. Collin Campbell. Dick Clark. Billy Crystal. John Goodman. Steve Jobs. Glen Keane. Ed Wynn. These …

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Disney Legends award sculptor and creator Andrea Favilli

Secrets Behind the Statue

Disney Legends award sculptor and creator Andrea Favilli reveals hidden secrets he molded into the iconic statue that sits in Disney Legends Plaza at The Walt Disney Studios.

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Young Annette Funicello

To Annette, with Love

D23 dips into the Disney twenty-three magazine archives for this touching story on Annette Funicello’s relationship with her devoted husband, Glen.

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Tony Anselmo, animator and voice of Donald Duck

A Tribute to Wayne Allwine

Recently I had a tremendous honor bestowed upon me when I was asked to put together a tribute to the incomparable Wayne Allwine, who passed away in May, 2009. Howard Green, vice president, Studio Communications, championed this project for Wayne’s friends and family to pay tribute to someone who not only voiced the world’s most …

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