Doris Hardoon

When Doris Hardoon arrived in 1979 for an interview at WED Enterprises—as Walt Disney Imagineering was then called—three future Disney Legends sat in judgment of this recent graduate from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts: Marty Sklar, John Hench, and Rolly Crump. Her creativity and design experience at a small animal-themed park in Northern …

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Don Hahn

Don Hahn has experienced the past, the present, and the future of The Walt Disney Company in a way very few others have. Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Southern California, Don developed an interest in both music and animation early on. “My favorite films were One Hundred and One Dalmatians and The Jungle …

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Idina Menzel

Whether on stage or screen, Idina Menzel’s unequivocal signature talents have shone through countless projects across her almost 30-year career. She was born in Manhattan and grew up on Long Island, where her vocal chops appeared early. “I’ve been singing and acting and running around putting on shows in my living room since I was a …

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Rob’t Coltrin

Culminating a nearly 30-year career at Walt Disney Imagineering that included work on some of Disney’s most popular attractions, Robert “Rob’t” Coltrin was named a Disney Legend in 2020. To his surprise, Rob’t was notified of this prestigious honor on August 25, 2020, during a private presentation at home with a few friends and his …

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Robert Price “Bob” Foster

Without the man who proudly referred to himself as “Disney’s official clod kicker,” the Walt Disney World Resort we know wouldnot have been possible. Robert Price “Bob” Foster orchestrated the purchase of thousands of acres that the resort covers todayin total secrecy in the early 1960s, involving hundreds of transactions. He joined The Walt Disney …

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Chris Montan

Since Mickey Mouse first whistled in 1928’s Steamboat Willie, music has played an integral role in the success of The Walt Disney Company, and for over 30 years, Chris Montan helped define that Disney signature sound. One of the most well-respected executives in Hollywood, Chris re-established Disney’s music as a cultural phenomenon. As he explains, …

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Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff is a talented Emmy® and two-time Tony Award® nominee. Onscreen, he is the voice of Kristoff and Sven in the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios films Frozen (2013) and Frozen 2 (2019). He has also given voice to both characters in 2015’s Frozen Fever, 2016’s LEGO® Disney Frozen: Northern Lights, 2017’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, …

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Patrick Dempsey

Born and raised in Maine to a school secretary mother and an insurance salesman father, Patrick got his first taste of performing, surprisingly, via juggling—winning second place second place in the Juniors category at the 1981 International Jugglers’ Association Championship. But it was an invitation to audition for the tour of Harvey Fierstein’s play Torch …

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Ellen Pompeo

Playing a beloved television character for 19 seasons is no easy feat—but Ellen Pompeo has accomplished that, and so much more, in her nearly 22-year career in Hollywood. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Ellen eventually made the move to New York City, and then to Los Angeles. After making her TV debut in 1996, higher …

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Remembering Disney Legend Ron Logan

Ron Logan, who was responsible for revolutionizing live entertainment for The Walt Disney Company, died Tuesday, August 30, in Orlando, Florida. He was 84 years old. The former executive vice president and executive producer for Walt Disney Entertainment was named a Disney Legend, an illustrious honor given to individuals in recognition of their extraordinary contributions …

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