Harry Archinal

Remembering Harry Archinal

By D23 Team

We’re sad to report that international film distribution pioneer and Disney Legend Harry Archinal passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the age of 88.

D23 spoke with Dave Smith, Walt Disney Archives founder and former chief archivist, who said of his fellow Disney Legend: “I worked with Harry until he retired in 1988. His office was just down…

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Lunch with a Legend: Marty Sklar

D23 Members Dine with Imagineering Legend Marty Sklar

By D23 Team

As we anticipate the induction of nine new Disney Legends at the D23 Expo, 40 D23 Gold Members and their guests gathered on May 12, 2017, for an intimate luncheon to celebrate an individual whose contributions earned him the prestigious Disney Legend Award in 2001: Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar!

The former vice chairman and principal creative…

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news briefs

Thor, Newsies, and Force for Change—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

A first look at Thor: Ragnarok, and a cosmic announcement about Star Wars: Force for Change and a new beginning at Tokyo Disneyland… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

Star Wars: Force for Change Returns

Did you just feel a disturbance in the Force? We did too, and we’re pretty darn…

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Disney Legend Burny Mattinson

A Legendary Lunch with Burny Mattinson

By Nicole Nalty

As we prepare to welcome nine new honorees into the Disney Legend family at D23 Expo, D23 Gold Members spent some time with a man who has been a part of this legendary group for nearly 10 years! D23 continued its Lunch with a Disney Legend event series with story artist, animator, producer, and director Burny Mattinson on Friday, April 7, 2017, on…

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Disney Legends for 2017

Here Are the Nine New Legends Who Will Be Honored at D23 Expo

By D23 Team

The Disney Legends Award ceremony is one of many highlights during D23 Expo, and we’re excited to share this year’s class of legendary honorees! Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Disney Legends Award was first given to Fred MacMurray in 1987, and has since honored 276 Disney Legends (including this year’s honorees). “The Disney…

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Burny Mattinson

5 Fascinating Facts—Disney Legend Burny Mattinson

By Steven Vagnini

“Animation is 75 percent thinking and 25 percent drawing,” Disney Legend and Walt Disney Animation Studios animation director Burny Mattinson once said. “Everything must be carefully thought out first. Our animators not only have to think like actors but have to figure out how to get that performance across on paper and on the screen. Our…

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Lunch with a Disney Legend, Dave Smith

D23 Members Discover Disney History with Dave Smith

By Steven Vagnini

For four decades, Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith headed the department charged with collecting, preserving, and sharing Disney’s rich history. To celebrate Dave’s incredible career—and welcome him to his first D23 event at Walt Disney World Resort in more than five years—45 D23 Gold Members and their guests gathered for an…

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Tyrus Wong

Remembering Disney Legend Tyrus Wong

By D23 Team

Tyrus “Ty” Wong, inspiring visual artist and Disney Legend, passed away on December 30, 2016. He was 106 years old.

“It’s hard to imagine a world of animation without the inspirational works of Tyrus Wong,” Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline said. “Through his delicate and sophisticated creations—from pastels and watercolors to…

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Charlie Ridgway

Remembering Charlie Ridgway

by D23 Team

Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway, longtime Disney Parks press and publicity leader, passed away on December 24, 2016, at his home in Longwood, Florida. He was 93.

“I had the pleasure of knowing Charlie Ridgway, and he was a true Disney Legend who was known for his boundless creativity,” Walt Disney World Resort President George Kalogridis said. “He…

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D23 2017 events

D23’s Lineup of Events for 2017

In 2017, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club brings a new roster of events for fans around the country to enjoy. Click here to get more details on upcoming events.

Current event calendar:


January 14
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour — Presented by D23
Burbank, CA

January 19

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