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October 20

October 20, 1993 – Ten New Inductees are Honored as Disney Legends

“The stuff Legends are made of…”

On October 20, 1993, ten new inductees were added as Disney Legends in a special ceremony held at the Walt Disney Studios. The ten inductees included Card Walker; former President of the Walt Disney Company; Donn Tatum, senior executive; Clarence Nash, original voice actor of Donald Duck; Jimmy MacDonald, sound effects wizard and second voice actor for Mickey Mouse; Pinto Colvig, original voice actor for Goofy; actor Buddy Ebsen, who was best known for his role as George Russel in the Davy Crockett series; Irving Ludwig, film distributor who helped form the Buena Vista Distribution Company; matte artist Peter Ellenshaw; Harper Goff, Imagineer and artist; and Blaine Gibson, Imagineer and sculptor, best known for the Partners statue in the Disney Parks. The ceremony was presided over by Michael Eisner and Roy E. Disney, and of those honored, Tatum, Nash, MacDonald, Colvig, and Goff were honored posthumously.

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October 16

October 16, 2003 – Eleven Inductees are Honored as Disney Legends

“Today, the Walt Disney Company will celebrate, recognize and reward those who have contributed their creativity and imagination to the Disney heritage in the 2003 Disney Legends ceremony.”

On October 16, 2003, eleven members of Disney history were inducted as Disney Legends. Among those honored were comic publisher Al Taliaferro; Disney representative to New Zealand, Neil Beckett; actor Buddy Hackett; director Richard Fleischer; wife of Disney and supporter of the Disney Company, Edna Disney; advisor and trustee of the California Institute of the Arts, Harrison “Buzz” Price; former Vice President of Engineering, Design, and Production, Orlando Ferrante; composer and co-founder of Disneyland Records, Tutti Camarata; comic strip artist Floyd Gottfredson; voice actress for Cinderella, Ilene Woods; and last but not least, Lillian Disney, who performed many behind-the-scenes acts to keep the company, and her husband’s legacy, alive. Among the eleven honored, only five were alive at the time of the ceremony: Richard Fleischer, Harrison Price, Orlando Ferrante, Tutti Camarata, and Ilene Woods.

March 18

March 18, 2003 – Imagineer Orlando Ferrante is Awarded a Window on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland

“I love seeing the ideas and being able to help make them a reality.”

On March 18, 2003, Imagineer Orlando Ferrante was awarded one of the highest honors in the Walt Disney Company – a window in Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. Ferrante began his work with Disney in 1962, joining WED Enterprises as an expeditor, overseeing the first Audio-Animatronics in Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room. After working on the coordination of attractions built for the New York World’s Fair, he was asked to create a new department within WED: the Project Installation Coordinating Office (PICO). Ferrante continue to climb up the ranks, being named general manager of administration in 1972, followed by vice president of administration and production; he was appointed as the vice president of engineering and production in 1979. After moving to France in 1990, he was named the vice president of show and ride engineering, working on the attractions in Disneyland Paris. He retired in 2002, but not before he moved to Venice, Italy, to help with the Disney Cruise Line. The window is in honor of his work with PICO, reading “The PICO Organizations, Installation & Coordination of World Class Projects. We Never Sleep – in Any Time Zone.”

December 21

December 21, 1913 – Imagineer Fred Joerger is Born

“Well, my job was to create the model to avert disaster, which was fun, but a challenge.”

On December 21, 1913, Fred Joerger was born in Pekin, Illinois. In 1937, after graduating from the University of Illinois with a fine arts degree, Joerger headed out to Los Angeles, gaining employment at Warner Brothers to build models of movie sets. He joined the Walt Disney Company in 1953 when Walt was creating the initial plans for Disneyland, and Joerger was tasked to create models for what would become Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, among other Audio-Animatronic attractions within the park. He was also tasked with creating miniature sets for several Disney live-action features, including Mary Poppins and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; for the latter, he created models of the submarine the Nautilus. When WED Enterprises was founded, Joerger was one of three original founding members, alongside fellow Disney Legends Harriet Burns and Wathel Rogers. While noted for creating several intricate models that defined the look of several many still-popular attractions, Joerger was also well-known for his work with creating realistic-looking rocks from plaster; he worked on several rockwork projects for Walt Disney World. Although he retired from Disney in 1979, he came back to work as the field art director for EPCOT. He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2001, and on August 26, 2005, Joerger passed away at the age of 91.

November 30

November 30, 1995 – Nine New Disney Legends are Inducted

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“Since its inception, the [Disney Legends] program has honored many gifted animators, Imagineers, songwriters, actors, and business leaders as having made a significant impact on the Disney legacy.”

On November 30, the ninth group of Disney Legends was honored and inducted in a special ceremony held in the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Among those honored were Golden Horseshoe Revue performers Wally Boag, Fulton Burley, and Betty Taylor, actor Dean Jones, actress Angela Lansbury, Disneyland publicist Edward Meck, animator Fred Moore, voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft, and Audio-Animatronic Imagineer Wathel Rogers.

October 16

October 16, 1996 – Ten New Inductees Are Named Disney Legends

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“The Disney Legends award has three distinct elements that characterize the contributions made by each talented recipient.”

On October 16, 1996, ten new members of the Disney legacy were honored as Disney Legends in a special ceremony at the Walt Disney Studios in the Legends Plaza. Among those honored were former vice president of Walt Disney World, actor and narrator of Disney nature documentaries Rex Allen, animator and Imagineer X Atencio, voice actress for Cruella de Vil Betty Lou Gerson, animator and Imagineer Bill Justice, former executive vice president for Walt Disney World Bob Matheison, Imagineer Sam McKim, animator Bob Moore, story man Bill Peet, and one of the key designers of Walt Disney World, Joe Potter. Of those honored, Allen and Potter were honored posthumously.

October 12

October 12, 2000 – Ten New Disney Legends are Inducted

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“…the spark that is ignited when imagination and skill combine to create a new dream.”

On October 12, 2000, ten new Disney Legends were honored and inducted in a ceremony at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Among those honored were animator Grace Bailey, Imagineer Harriet Burns, animator and Imagineer Joyce Carlson, former Vice-President of Walt Disney Attractions Ron Dominguez, Jiminy Cricket voice actor Cliff Edwards, animator Becky Falberg, Pinocchio voice actor Dick Jones, animator Dodie Roberts, animator Retta Scott, and animator Ruthie Tompson. Of those honored, Bailey, Edwards, and Scott were honored posthumously.