bob gurr

Legendary Handprints—Bob Gurr

Imagineer Bob Gurr has always been a man on the move. And, for almost 40 years, he helped move many a happy Disney theme park guest aboard vehicles and ride conveyances of his own design. As he’s often quipped, “If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it.”

And he certainly has. Bob has developed more than 100 designs for attractions ranging…

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Howard Ashman

Pride Month Spotlight: Legendary Handprints—Howard Ashman

Producer, lyricist, and Disney Legend Howard Ashman made a huge “splash” in the world of popular culture in 1989 with The Little Mermaid, which he also co-produced. His song “Under the Sea,” co-written with composer and Disney Legend Alan Menken, won an Oscar® that year for Best Song.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 17, 1950, the successful lyricist,…

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Elton John

Pride Month Spotlight: Legendary Handprints—Sir Elton John

The monumental career of singer, songwriter, and performer Sir Elton John has made him one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide. Winning a wide array of industry awards including Grammys®, Tonys®, and an Oscar®, Elton continues to add to his personal repertoire of 35 gold and 25 platinum albums.

Born…

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Tyrus Wong

Legendary Handprints – Tyrus Wong

While Tyrus “Ty” Wong worked at The Walt Disney Studios for only three years, between 1938 and 1941, his impact on the animated classic Bambi endures.

As legendary animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston point out in their book about the making of the motion picture, “He set the color schemes along with the appearance of the forest in painting after…

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Lea Salonga

Legendary Handprints – Lea Salonga

In the field of musical theatre, Lea Salonga has been honored with the Olivier, Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World awards. In addition, she holds the distinction of having performed the vocal roles of two Disney leading ladies—the spectacular singing voices of Princess Jasmine and Mulan.

Lea’s breakthrough came on the West End stage in…

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Wing T. Chao

Legendary Handprints – Wing T. Chao

For 37 years at Disney, Wing T. Chao played a vital role in designing and developing exceptional and inspiring projects at Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide. Wing served as Vice Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for Asia Pacific Development, as well as Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering, where he oversaw master planning, architecture, and…

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Hideo Amemiya

Legendary Handprints – Hideo Amemiya

“Life is a journey, not a destination,” said Hideo Amemiya, a 30-year cast member and one of Disneyland’s most distinguished senior leaders. Born in Tokyo on September 4, 1944, Hideo graduated from Rikkyo University in Tokyo with a bachelor’s degree in social science, and from the University of Massachusetts, with a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant…

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Ming-Na Wen

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Spotlight: Legendary Handprints—Ming-Na Wen

In 2018, when Mulan celebrated its 20th anniversary, Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen, voice of Mulan, reflected on the film’s impact: “I am ecstatic to have played a character with such long-lasting influence. Mulan is a role model not just for little girls but little boys, too. And for adults! I love it when the moms bring their kids to meet me. They tell me what an…

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Muppets

5 Disney Legends Who Guest Starred on The Muppet Show

By Zach Johnson

At last, Disney Legend Jim Henson’s treasured variety series The Muppet Show will be available to stream on Disney+, today. In addition to the first three seasons, fans will also get to enjoy seasons four and five, which were never released on home entertainment.

The Muppet Show, which premiered in 1976, stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie…

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alan menken

Congratulations to Alan Menken—EGOT… and LEGOT!

By Beth Deitchman

Yesterday, Disney Legend Alan Menken joined not one but two very elite clubs: He is now an “EGOT”—a winner of an Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar®, and Tony®—and he is also a “LEGOT,” having also received the Disney Legends Award in 2001. Only 16 people have achieved EGOT status over the years, but the LEGOT is even rarer: Menken is just the…

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