Disney has announced that Star Wars creator George Lucas is to be honored with the Disney Legend award at the D23 Expo, which will be held next month in Anaheim, CA. The award was established in 1987 and celebrates those who’ve made an “extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.”
George Lucas, creator of Star Wars. Long before Lucas sold his company to Disney, he was in business with them. It first started in 1986, when the revolutionary 3D attraction Captain EO premiered at Disneyland and EPCOT Center. That film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring Michael Jackson in the titular role, became a staple of Disney theme parks around the world (and can currently be seen, once again, at Epcot) and began a long and fruitful partnership. This partnership included the insanely popular motion simulator attraction Star Tours (which debuted the year after Captain EO), Indiana Jones Adventure attraction at Disneyland, the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Indiana Jones-themed attractions at Disney Parks in Paris and Tokyo and a revised version of Star Tours, entitled Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Lucas also collaborated with Disney on the cult classic attraction ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter that entertained and terrified guests in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for almost a decade starting in 1995.
Other honorees this year include George Bodenheimer of ESPN, animator Andreas Deja, artist Eyvind Earle, composer Danny Elfman, actress Susan Lucci, Disneyland’s First Ambassador Julie Reihm Casaletto, and artist Carson Van Osten.
Congratulations to all the honorees!
You can read more about the Disney Legends at the D23 Expo at https://d23.com.