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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Tim Considine

Remembering Disney Legend Tim Considine

Tim Considine, known for his star turn in the 1959 classic The Shaggy Dog and in the Mickey Mouse Club serial The Adventures of Spin and Marty, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2022, at his home in Mar Vista, California, at the age of 81. The film and television actor was named a Disney …

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Ruthie Tompson

Remembering Disney Legend Ruthie Tompson

By the D23 Team Ruthie Tompson, who began her career at The Walt Disney Studios as a painter in the Ink & Paint Department, and went on to major roles in final check, scene planning, and the Camera Department, passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday at her home at the Motion Picture and Television …

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Tommy Kirk

Remembering Disney Legend Tommy Kirk

Tommy Kirk, the beloved and iconic star of such Disney family favorites from the 1950s and 1960s as Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, passed away at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday, September 28, at the age of 79. Kirk was named a Disney …

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Tommy Kirk

Remembering Disney Legend Tommy Kirk

Tommy Kirk, the beloved and iconic star of such Disney family favorites from the 1950s and 1960s as Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, passed away at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday, September 28, at the age of 79. Kirk was named a Disney …

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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 …

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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 …

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