Attending a Disney Legends Ceremony—I've now checked another bucket item off my list. Does it get any better than being in a room with Stan Lee, Mark Hamill, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, and more all in the same room, same day? Just, wow. I can't even begin to imagine what it feels like to become a Legend. But I know what it feels like to be in the room where it happens.
Whoopi Goldberg is one of a very elite group of artists who is an EGOT, the acronym for a person who’s won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. She has won Emmys (as host of AMC’s “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel,” and a Daytime Emmy for “The View”), a Grammy (“Whoopi Goldberg”), an Oscar (Ghost), and a Tony (Producer of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”). Now, after D23 EXPO: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, she can add Disney Legend to this impressive list, making her the one and only LEGOT recipient!
“Disney and I go way back, since I was a little kid,” said Whoopi. “So it’s beyond an honor and a joy to become a Disney Legend because everybody knows I love Disney, Disneyland, Disney World, Disney movies, Disney toys, and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! What’s better than this for a Disney-phile? Absolutely NOTHING!”
Each honoree featured their own special presentation. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's included Marvel-themed dance routines performed by the DWTS troupe. Incredible! And watching Stan Lee get choked up talking about Jack Kirby. I may have gotten a little teary myself. Such an emotional ceremony overall.
When Carrie Fisher was honored, they showed a video montage to her. I don't think there was a dry eye in the room. We all teared up when the princess was shown in various segments in the memoir clip, and Mark Hamill talked about their relationship on set. We were sadly reminded we'll see her final performance in the next Star Wars movie.
— Jana Seitzer (@merlotmommy) July 14, 2017
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I’ve been invited to an all-expenses paid trip to Anaheim. As always, all opinions are my own.