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The Disney Legends Awards is a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company. Established in 1987, the honor was traditionally awarded annually during a special private ceremony; since 2009, it has been awarded biennially during Disney's D23 Expo.[1]

Recipients are chosen by a selection committee, formerly appointed and chaired by Disney Legend Roy E. Disney, Walt Disney's nephew, former vice chairman and director emeritus of The Walt Disney Company. The committee consists of long-time Disney executives, historians, and other authorities. Besides the award statuette itself, each honoree is represented by a bronze commemorative plaque featuring the recipients' handprints and signature if they were living when inducted, or simply an image of the statuette emblem if the induction was posthumous. The plaques are placed on display in Legends Plaza at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, across from the Michael D. Eisner Building. Legends also receive a Disney Golden Pass, a lifetime pass to all Disney theme parks.

The awardEdit

 
The Disney Legends Award statuette

Imagineer Andrea Favilli created the Disney Legends award, which is handcrafted from bronze each year. The award depicts the arm of Mickey Mouse holding a star-tipped wand.

Disney describes the award as follows:

The Disney Legends award has three distinct elements that characterize the contributions made by each talented recipient.
The Spiral ... stands for imagination, the power of an idea.
The Hand ... holds the gifts of skill, discipline and craftsmanship.
The Wand and the Star ... represent magic: the spark that is ignited when imagination and skill combine to create a new dream.[2]

The first Disney Legends committee consisted of Dave Smith; Arlene Ludwig; Marty Sklar, Randy Bright; Jack Lindquist; Sharon Harwood; Art Levitt; Shelley Miles; Paula Sigman; Doris Smith; and Stacia Martin.[3]

RecipientsEdit

 
The nametag given to Disney Legends

1987 | 1988 | 1989

1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009

2011 | 2013 | 2015 | 2017 | 2019

  = awarded posthumously

1980sEdit

Class of 1987Edit

Class of 1989Edit

All except Iwerks were Disney's "Nine Old Men."

1990sEdit

Class of 1990Edit

Class of 1991Edit

Class of 1992Edit

Class of 1993Edit

Class of 1994Edit

Class of 1995Edit

Class of 1996Edit

Class of 1997Edit

This ceremony was held at Disneyland Paris to celebrate its 5th birthday. All 1997 inductees are of European origin.

  • Lucien Adés, Music  [68]
  • Angel Angelopoulos, Publishing  [69]
  • Antonio Bertini, Character Merchandise[70]
  • Armand Bigle, Character Merchandise[71]
  • Gaudenzio Capelli, Publishing[72]
  • Roberto de Leonardis, Film  [73]
  • Cyril Edgar, Film  [74]
  • Wally Feignoux, Film  [75]
  • Didier Fouret, Publishing  [76]
  • Mario Gentilini, Publishing  [77]
  • Cyril James, Film & Merchandise  [78]
  • Horst Koblischek, Character Merchandise[79]
  • Gunnar Mansson, Character Merchandise[80]
  • Arnoldo Mondadori, Publishing  [81]
  • Armand Palivoda, Film  [82]
  • Poul Brahe Pedersen, Publishing  [83]
  • André Vanneste, Character Merchandise  [84]
  • Paul Winkler, Character Merchandise  [85]

Class of 1998Edit

Note: There were two ceremonies this year: the first was held at the new Disney Legends Plaza at the Walt Disney Studios on October 16th to recognize 19 of the 21 recipients[107], and the second was held on October 22 at Tokyo Disneyland to recognize Takahashi and Yokoyama.[108]

Class of 1999Edit

2000sEdit

Class of 2000Edit

Class of 2001Edit

Class of 2002Edit

Note: In honor of the opening of the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris, all 2002 inductees are of European origin. The ceremony was held in the Animation building at the new park on opening day.

Class of 2003Edit

Note: Following a dispute between Roy E. Disney and the company that resulted in Disney departing, Bob Iger, the company's then-president and COO, co-presented with Michael Eisner.

Class of 2004Edit

Class of 2005Edit

Note: In honor of Disneyland's 50th anniversary in 2005, all recipients are related to either Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and/or Walt Disney Imagineering, and nearly all have had some connection with Disneyland. Roy E. Disney again co-presented the awards, after a two-year hiatus and a return to the company.

Class of 2006Edit

Class of 2007Edit

Class of 2008Edit

[188]

Class of 2009Edit

[189]

2010sEdit

Class of 2011Edit

[190]

Class of 2013Edit

[191]

Class of 2015Edit

Class of 2017Edit

Class of 2019Edit

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