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Meet the Disney Legends pt 1

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Hello, and thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts and ideas.  Recently, I wrote about the Disney Legends, and was excited to note there is a special coming to Disney X-D on August 1, at 8:30 pm.  This is a different time slot that been previously announced.As well, I have also discovered this special will last…15 minutes.  That’s not even two minutes per legend.  Add in a few minutes to discuss the Legacy award itself and the D23 Expo where the awards will be given out…we’re talking a minute per Disney Legend.

Not quite what I had in mind.  Therefore, I am going to spend the next few days introducing you to the Disney Legends also, using D23 source information and my own thoughts as to why these individuals are Disney Legends.  I will be looking at a few Legends each day for the next few days.  I will work through the list in alphabetical order.

Tony Baxter


From the D23 website: Tony Baxter has developed beloved Disney attractions including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad,Journey Into ImaginationSplash Mountain, and countless more experiences over the course of his 43-year career with Walt Disney Imagineering. Revered by Disney fans, he is best known for his commitment to storytelling, attention to detail, and ability to develop new ideas and attractions by combining time-tested design practices with modern technology.

The fact Tony developed half of the Disneyland Mountain Range Circuit (as I refer to Splash, Thunder, Space Mountains and the Matterhorn) is enough to consider him a Disney Legend. After 43 years of Imagineering, Tony became the unofficial face of the Imagineering department, appearing on TV shows about the parks, and in media interviews.  What is incredible about Tony is the passion he has for his job, and his eagerness to tell stories to audiences about what he and his teams are creating.  I have heard recordings of Tony giving presentations to fans over the years, and he just does not want to stop sharing and teaching.  On February 1, 2013, Tony Baxter stepped down from his role to become a Part Time Adviser to Walt Disney Imagineering.

Collin Campbell


Again, from the D23 webiste: Collin Campbell touched almost every part of The Walt Disney Company, from animated classics to legendary theme park attractions, with stints in live-action film and television. Collin’s work with Walt Disney Imagineering includes the development of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room,Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as concept illustrations of Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot Center.

After working on background animations for Lady and the Tramp and 101 Dalmatians, Collin was moved into the Imagineering department to help create the concepts for many Disney attractions, including creating concept paintings for Tony Baxter’s Splash Mountain. His paintings alone are worthy of being declared a Legend.  I do not have direct access to his images, but they can be seen at Jim Hill Media.  Campbell passed away in April 2011.

Dick Clark


From D23’s website: Dick Clark brought rock and roll to 40 million homes across the country with the national debut of American Bandstand on ABC in 1958. He went on to produce game shows and award shows, including the Golden Globes® and the Academy of Country Music Awards, comedy specials movies, and other popular television specials. Dick might best be remembered, however, as the host of ABC’s annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from 1973 until 2011.

On the surface, this was probably the most head-scratching Disney Legend selection this year.  However, considering the longevity of Dick Clark’s career on ABC, which is owned by the Disney Company, it makes sense to consider him a Disney Legend along with the rest of the 2013 class. Dick Clark passed away in April 2012.

We will look at the remaining five Disney Legends over the next two days.  I thank you for taking the time to read this today. I ask you would please leave comments.  You may contact me directly on Twitter @Quest4VaultDisn, and you may also subscribe to be alerted by email when new postings are published. Quest for Vault Disney is now on Facebook. Please visit Have a great rest of your day. See ya real soon…


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