Arguably one of the best parts of the D23 Expo  is the Disney Legends Ceremony that celebrates the amazing, creative, and talented folks who have shaped Disney into what it is today. This year’s class of inductees features 12 individuals from Disney Parks, television, music, and film including Robert Downey Jr., Robin Roberts, James Earl Jones, and Ming Na-Wen.

Disney CEO Bob Iger perfectly sums up what the Disney Legend award is all about: “The award is the highest honor our company bestows on anyone, reserved for the artists and visionaries throughout our history who have pushed the envelope of creativity, challenged conventional wisdom and broken the restraints of the status quo in search of new possibilities.”

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the ceremony, you can still enjoy the presentation with our collection of acceptance speeches from those honored this year.

Christina Aguilera

Robert Downey Jr.

Diane Sawyer

Jon Favreau

Hans Zimmer

Robin Roberts

Barnette Ricci

Ming-Na Wen

James Earl Jones

Wing T. Chao

Kenny Ortega

Bette Midler

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