D23 Announces Stunning Lineup of 2024 Disney Legend Award Honorees

D23 and The Walt Disney Company have confirmed this year's slate of Disney Legends Award Honorees, and it's an extraordinary list of talents, directors, filmmakers, and creators that fans will appreciate.

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan event returns later this year, and one of the hallmarks of any D23 is the Disney Legends Award ceremony. D23 and The Walt Disney Company have confirmed this year’s slate of Disney Legends Award Honorees, and it’s an extraordinary list of talents, directors, filmmakers, and creators that fans will appreciate.

Ryan Seacrest will host this year’s Disney Legends Awards Ceremony at the 2024 D23 Expo, which will present the awards to incredible visionaries and talents at the forefront of their fields. Such honorees at this year’s convention will include Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron, Frank Oz, John Williams, Harrison Ford, and none other than Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko. It’s truly a stunning list. Disney also released the following video announcement to mark the occasion:


The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 11 at 5:00 pm at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The special award honors artists and visionaries throughout the company’s history who have pushed the envelope of creativity, challenged conventional wisdom, and broken the restraints of the status quo in search of new possibilities and excellence.

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Speaking on the announcement of this year’s award recipients, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger stated, “To be named a Disney Legend is the highest honor our company can bestow on anyone, reserved for those whose talent and achievement have earned them an enduring place in our history.” He continued, “The fourteen individuals to be honored as Disney Legends this year have each made extraordinary creative contributions across the worlds of Disney and we look forward to celebrating them at D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event.”

The Disney Legends Awards program has been an annual 37-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, starting with Fred MacMurray being honored with the award in 1987. In recent years, it’s been part of the programming of the D23 Expo, and that tradition will continue in August 2024 for The Ultimate Disney Fan Event.

D23 Expo - Disney Legends
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This year’s list of award recipients includes Colleen Atwood, Angela Bassett, Martha Blanding, James L. Brooks, James Cameron, Jamie Lee Curtis, Miley Cyrus, Steve Ditko, Harrison Ford, Mark Henn, Frank Oz, Kelly Ripa, Joe Rohde, and John Williams.

As part of the ceremony, honorees receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture signifying the imagination, creativity, and magic they’ve brought to the company. The award recipients will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the company’s Burbank headquarters.

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This year’s honorees bring a total of 318 Disney Legends. Past award recipients include the likes of Tim Allen, Dame Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Kristen Bell, Robert Downey Jr., Annette Funicello, Whoopi Goldberg, Sir Elton John, Dame Angela Lansbury, George Lucas, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Ellen Pompeo, Robin Roberts, Marty Sklar, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters, Ming-Na Wen, Betty White, and Robin Williams, among many others.

About D23 Expo 2024

D23 Expo 2024

When: August 9-11
Where: Anaheim Convention Center
Tickets: Ticketing information available HERE
About: D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event celebrates Disney’s rich history and its fans’ passion. The event showcases the creativity and innovation behind Disney’s magical worlds, offering an unforgettable experience for attendees. For more information, visit the official website and follow DisneyD23 on social media.

What do you think of the news? Are you excited to hear about this year’s Disney Legends Award Honorees? Do you plan on attending the 2024 D23 Expo? Let us know your thoughts about the news and upcoming convention on The Illuminerdi’s social media.

SOURCE: The Walt Disney Company

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