bob gurr legend lunch

The First Legendary Lunch of 2018

By Tyler Slater

On Friday, January 12, D23 Gold and Gold Family Members gathered at The Walt Disney Studios to have lunch with famed Disney Legend Bob Gurr.

Members arrived to a private room inside the Buena Vista Commissary that was enhanced for the occasion with decorations inspired by Bob’s historic involvement with Disneyland, circa 1959—including toy…

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Disney Legend Angela Lansbury Joins Damehood

The 88-year-old, who is only a year older than the monarch, is still on stage in the West End. She received the honor at Windsor Castle for services to drama and charity. Dame Angela, who left Britain for the US as a child, said: “It is a very proud day for me to be recognized by the country of my birth.” She joins a select group of acting Dames, including Judi Dench…

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Tony Baxter

A Conversation with Tony Baxter

Disney Legend and former Imagineering executive Tony Baxter shares his wealth of knowledge and experience gained from dreaming up iconic theme park attractions throughout his Disney career.

Some of Tony’s recent accomplishments include the restoration of the Disneyland submarines (a sentimental favorite of Tony’s) with Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (2007),…

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Kevin Corcoran

One of eight children of MGM studio policeman Bill Corcoran, Kevin Corcoran was born on June 10, 1949 in Santa Monica, California, and began acting when he was two. During his onscreen career, he would come to embody an “American Everykid.”

“The Mouseketeers were entertainers and role models, and Tommy Kirk and Kurt Russell were teen faves,” film writer…

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Lucille Martin

Lucille Martin

“I had a hard time not calling him ‘sir,’” Lucille Martin recalled of her days in Walt Disney’s office. “I’d say, ‘Yes, sir,’ and he’d say, smiling, ‘Yes, Walt.’ After about a week he gave me a drawing of a girl carrying a sign that read ‘DOWN WITH SIR.’ I kept it on my intercom the whole time I worked for him. I still have it.”

Dorothy…

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two production stills from the movie Son of Flubber showing star Fred MacMurray and actor Ken Murray

Fred MacMurray Flies Again in Walt Disney’s Son of Flubber

By Jim Fanning

What are the secret ingredients in a foolproof formula for a hit Disney comedy? Add a beaker of beloved Disney stars like Fred MacMurray and Tommy Kirk, mix in some mixed-up comic circumstances, stir in a test tube of startling special-effects and a vial of Ed Wynn, and the chemical reaction gives you—watch out for the explosive…

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Kay Kamen and Walt Disney

Plane Crash Claims the Life of Kay Kamen

When Disney Legend Kay Kamen signed a contract with Walt and Roy Disney to join the Company in 1932, he became the exclusive licensing representative of the untapped world of Disney character merchandise. With prior sales experience of properties such as the Our Gang comedy shorts, Kay helped start the licensing of Disney’s characters, whose profits helped bring the…

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Eric Larson

Animator and Disney Legend Eric Larson is Born

On this day in 1905, Disney Legend Eric Larson was born in Cleveland, Utah. Although he had originally come to Los Angeles in 1933 to become a writer, at the suggestion of a friend, Eric submitted some of his sketches to Disney and was hired as an assistant animator. He went on to animate on some of Disney’s most beloved feature films, often assigned animals because of…

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Pinto Colvig

Disney Legend Pinto Colvig is Born

A goofy man by the name of Vance DeBar “Pinto” Colvig was born on this day in 1892 in Jacksonville, Oregon. A master of sound effects, Pinto appeared in a number of Disney animated films and shorts, providing sounds for spitting grasshoppers, belching bugs, and grunting hogs amongst other things, but today he is best known as the original voice of Goofy. Goofy wasn’t…

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