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June 9

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June 9, 2005 – The Sherman Brothers are Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame


“We are looking forward to another terrific and memorable evening where we spotlight the accomplishments of those who have provided us with the words and music that form the soundtrack of our lives.”

On June 9, 2005, the Sherman Brothers were added as the newest inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The pair was recognized as “incredible children’s film composers” and “one of Disney’s most successful songwriting teams.” Fellow inductees included Steve Cropper, John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes, David Porter, and Bill Withers. The ceremony took place at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.


June 2

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June 2, 2010 – Composer and Disney Legend Randy Newman Earns Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


“I love Randy Newman. And not just physically. I love his music. Who could resist a man who looks like a dentist, writes like Voltaire, sings like a frog on heroin – and breaks just like a little girl.” – Actor Eric Idle

On June 2, 2010, Randy Newman was the newest inductee in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The singer-composer and Disney Legend, well known for his songs such as “I Love L.A.” and “Short People,” as well for his work with Pixar films starting with Toy Story, was honored before the release of Toy Story 3, which was to be released on June 18 featuring a score by Newman. Newman was joined at the ceremony by John Lasseter, and actor and admirer Eric Idle.

April 8

April 8, 2008 – Disney Legend Julie Andrews is Honored with Carousel Horse at Disneyland


“I’ve never lost touch and never lost my feeling of family with Disney, and I am so proud to be a cast member.”

On April 8, 2008, actress, Disney Legend, and 50th anniversary ambassador of Disneyland Julie Andrews was honored with a special carousel horse on King Arthur’s Carousel. The lead horse, named Jingles, was repainted with a more ornate design, honoring Andrews’ more than 40 years of dedication to the Walt Disney Company, including a saddle featuring her initials, images depicting her famous role as British nanny Mary Poppins, along with the number 50 to represent the park’s 50th anniversary, for which she was the ambassador and made an honorary cast member. On hand to present the horse was Imagineer and fellow Disney Legend Marty Sklar.

March 12

March 12, 2011 – Imagineer and Disneyland Art Director Kim Irvine is Awarded the Themed Entertainment Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Kim Irvine

“The greatest thing about [this award] is it honors the entire on-site group of Imagineers – not just Disneyland by Walt Disney World and Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong too.”

On March 12, 2011, the Themed Entertainment Association awarded their lifetime achievement award, also known as the Buzz Price Thea Award, to Imagineer and Disneyland Art Director Kim Irvine. Irvine, who started at Disney in 1970, has had several prominent projects in the park, including the design of the Disneyland Dream Suite, the updated version of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and the refurbishment of it’s a small world. Irvine also founded the Disneyland Imagineering office in the early 1980s.

March 7

March 7, 2008 – Imagineer and Disney Legend Bob Gurr is Honored With a Window on Disneyland’s Main Street

Bob Gurr

“If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it.”

On March 7, 2008, before the park opened, Imagineer and Disney Legend Bob Gurr was honored with a window on Disneyland’s Main Street, and honor specially saved for those who had an impact on the creation and upkeep of the park. Many of Gurr’s coworkers and friends were in attendance to honor the man who helped design the old-time feel of Main Street, the Magic Skyway, and the design of the first audio-animatronic figure, President Lincoln. The window itself pays homage to Gurr’s work with Disneyland vehicles, as it calls him the “design impresario” for the “Meteor Cycle Company.”

February 8

February 8, 1960 – Walt Disney Receives Two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


“Disney is particularly noted for being a film producer and a popular showman, as well as an innovator in animation and theme park design.”

On February 8, 1960 Walt Disney was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for motion pictures, and one for television. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Walt for his contributions and influence in the entertainment industry. At the time he was awarded, Disney was known for their innovative animated features and shorts, the television shows Disneyland and The Mickey Mouse Club, and, Walt’s crowning achievement, Disneyland. The Motion Picture star is located at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard, while the Television star is located at 6747 Hollywood Boulevard.


October 29

October 29, 1966 – Walt Disney is Awarded by the American Forestry Association


“…for outstanding service in conservation of American resources.”

On October 29, 1966, Walt Disney was awarded the American Forestry Association award in Williamsburg, Virginia, for his service in American conservation. Throughout the years, Walt had done much to call attention to the conservation of nature, including allowing the use of Bambi to be used on posters warning the dangers of forest fires. At the awards banquet, Walt ignored his prepared speech and focused instead on an extemporaneous monologue about his love of nature.

October 13

October 13, 2008 – The 22nd Disney Legends Ceremonies Are Held

2008 DLA

“Collectively, this group has enchanted millions, young and old around the world and it is a privilege to pay tribute to them today.”

On October 13, 2008, eleven new inductees were honored at the 22nd Disney Legends ceremonies. Held in the Disney Legends Plaza in Burbank, the Legends in attendance participated in a hand-print ceremony, with their bronzed prints being hung in the plaza. The ceremony was overseen by Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, with inductees including Barbara Walters, Frank Gifford, Wayne Allwine (voice of Mickey Mouse), Russi Taylor (voice of Minnie Mouse), Bob Booth (Imagineer), Neil Gallagher (Imagineer), Toshio Kagami (Director, Chairman, and CEO of the Oriental Land Company), Burny Mattinson (animator), Walt Peregoy (animator), Dorothea Redmond (Imagineer), and Oliver Wallace (musician).

September 27

September 27, 2003 – The Animation Art of Ron Clements Exhibit Opens at the Sioux City Arts Center

“I think kids who spend more time by themselves, they tend to use their imaginations more. I wrote stories and drew characters and did things like that.”

On September 27, 2003, the Sioux City Arts Center in Sioux City, Iowa, held its opening night reception for its newest exhibit “The Animation Art of Ron Clements.” The exhibit honored Disney animator and film director Ron Clements, and focused on his (at the time) five main films that he co-directed with John Musker: The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and Treasure Planet. The stories of these five films are told through storyboards, cels, and sketches.

September 11

September 11, 1968 – Walt Disney is Honored with a U.S. Postage Stamp

Walt Disney Stamp

“Walt Disney: Showman of the World”

On September 11, 1968, a U.S. postage stamp featuring a portrait of Walt Disney was officially issued by the U.S. Postal Service. A ceremony was held in his hometown of Marceline, Missouri, to commemorate the event, with the showing of Marry Poppins at the local theater. Walt’s wife and daughters were on hand to celebrate Walt’s life, along with over 700 dignitaries. The stamp itself featured similar designs from the popular Disneyland attraction it’s a small world, with the children circling around the smiling face of Walt Disney. There were many problems with the printing of the stamp, as there were several color issues, including missing colors and missing text; these misprinted stamps have since become collector’s items. There are seven known errors for this stamp, ranging from 35 known (black ink omitted; blue omitted) to an unknown quantity (tagging omitted).