It’s only day one of D23 Expo and we’ve already cried tears of joy several times, largely in part of the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony which just took place at Hall D23. It was epic, heartwarming, and inspiring to see some of our favorite legendary humans in one place. Earlier this morning we learned that Whoopi Goldberg would be honored with a Disney Legend award! Whoopi joined Oprah Winfrey, Jack Kirby, Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Gonzalez, Wayne Jackson, Gary Marshall, Stan Lee, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Julie Taymor in being honored today as a Disney Legend. Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, opened up the ceremony with: “I feel like I should say, ‘Bonjour, bonjour! How is your family?'” He then added: “You know I can’t sing.” The best. Here are some other heartwarming and inspiring quotes to make you feel like you can do anything:
“A legend is about the common experience that we all hold and share.”
Yes, Oprah! Oprah gives us so much life every time she speaks, and her speech at the Disney Legends Award Ceremony was everything. She inspires us is so many ways, and we’re so thrilled she’s an official Disney Legend.
Stan said this about Walt Disney:
“He was more than a man, he was an inspiration.”
We could say the same thing about Stan Lee. We are so thankful for everything Marvel he has gifted us throughout his amazing career. We are also grateful for all of his amazing cameos in Marvel movies, which he said he likes to refer to as “supporting roles.”
We loved Bob Iger’s tribute to Carrie Fisher, who also became a Disney Legend today. He said:
“Carrie Fisher was an original and there will never be another.”
This is so, so true. You could tell everyone in the room felt this sentiment. Bob Iger also said:
“Carrie has been an iconic part of the Star Wars franchise and she will always hold a special place in our hearts and fans hearts around the world.”
Yes she will.
We loved this quote from the amazing Whoopi Goldberg:
“Disney made you feel, no matter where you came from, you were welcomed.”
Thank you, Whoopi, for being a legend we can all look up to!
Mark Hamill truly made us feel like we could do anything with his quote:
“Disney provided me a tutorial on how I could make my dreams come true by lifting the curtain.”
“Thank you, Walt Disney, for telling me if I wished upon a star, my dreams could really come true.”
And thank you to all of the Disney Legends that were honored today for making us feel like our dreams could come true, too.
Stay tuned for more from Oh My Disney at D23 Expo!