Episode 128 – D23 Expo 2017 (Disney Legends Ceremony)

Randy Crane

As you may know, July 14-16, 2017 was the D23 Expo. I was happily able to attend, though not as official Media or Press. Because of that, I wasn’t able to get priority access to anything or set up interviews with anyone. In fact, two of my favorite presentations: The Power of the Princess on Saturday and the Hercules 20th Anniversary panel on Sunday, didn’t allow recording at all. So, I don’t have any audio to share with you from those.


However, I can’t leave you empty-handed, my friend. So, I do have two things for you. First, if you go to the Stories of the Magic Facebook page, I took a lot of photos wherever I could, mainly in the Parks & Resorts presentation, and of the Star Wars Land, now called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, model. I will link to those photos below.


Also, I recorded much of the Legends Ceremony. I don’t camp out for the Expo like some people do, but I did show up at about 6:00 in the morning to be sure I got a seat for this, as I do every year. I think it’s one of the most important events at the Expo. I did have to record this in segments and then put them together for this episode. Because of that, I missed the first little bit of a couple of the bio videos, but I got 99% of the audio—not counting the performances because, really, who wants to listen to people dancing?   🙂   Even though this is different from what you usually get on this show, it’s in the very same spirit—bringing you the stories of people from throughout the company, what they did, why it matters to them, and why they love Disney. You’re about to get an hour and 15 minutes or so of exactly that.


Technically this audio is long enough that I would have split it into two episodes, but I want you to have it all in one. It really does all belong together.


In this episode, we have the Legends Ceremony. The recipients are, in the order they appear in the audio …

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Garry Marshall
  • Jack Kirby
  • Stan Lee
  • Gerry Geronimi
  • Manuel Gonzales
  • Wayne Jackson
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Mark Hamill
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Julie Taymor


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