D23 Expo - Disney legend awards ceremony

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Added On July 17, 2017

D23 Expo, a 3-day ultimate Disney fan event, has kicked off on Friday at Anaheim Convention Center in Orange County, California, with the winners of 2017 Disney Legends Awards announced. 
 
Take a look.
 
As one of the highlights during D23 Expo, the Disney Legends Awards recognizes over 10 individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company, including American actor Mark Hamill and late actress Carrie Fisher. 
 
SOUNDBITE: BOB IGER, Chairman & CEO of The Walt Disney Company
"We created the Disney Legends Awards to recognize their many contributions and honor their enduring impact, it is the highest honor that our company can bestow on anyone."
 
SOUNDBITE: MARK HAMILL, Winner of Disney Legend
"Thank you, Walt Disney, for telling me that if I wished upon a star, my dreams will really come true. And finally, I would love to give my deepest respects for the super cool space sis I have in Carrie Frances Fisher."
 
Established in 1987, the Disney Legends Awards used to be an annual private event.
 
However, since the first D23 Expo in 2009, it has been awarded publicly during the biennial D23. 
 
Over 5,000 fans attended this year's award ceremony. 
 
SOUNDBITE: ASHLEY GILMORE, Disney fan
"I am very glad to see this year's award winners. I would not be more honor to see Mark Hamill, and to be here to honor Carrie Fisher."