Meeting your favorite Disney Celebrity

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Meeting your favorite Disney Celebrity

This just might be the cry for the Disney fan of the Millennium. Back in the 1900’s though, the Disney fan wanted to meet… Walt Disney of course! And we have all read of many first-hand experiences of those who actually realized their dream. But likely, if you are a modern-day Disney fan, you never got to meet the man in person.

I’m in this group. Walt Disney died just one year after I was born. So I ‘met’ Walt for the first time on television as the Wonderful World of Color played on Sunday nights in the 1970’s. There was Uncle Walt (who was more like Grandfather Walt to me at age 10) smiling at me from the Tube, alive and well. I never new that he was dead as I watched him introduce every segment of my favorite show. I’d sit there and think about how cool it would be to meet him some day! You can imagine my disappointment when I learned that it would never happen.

As I get older, I find myself thinking about this more and more. Who else do I admire that I will never meet? How many more opportunities will slip by?

Do you have a favorite personality that you would like to meet? Someone in the Disney Universe that fires your imagination? Perhaps it is an Imagineer who designed one of your favorite Theme Park Attractions (like Zofia Kostyrko on the Animal Kingdom team). Or a Disney Animator who created some of your favorite characters (like Ollie Johnston). Maybe you think of one of the unsung heroes that toil behind the scenes doing what you have always wanted to do for a career (like the men and women mentioned on the Paths to Pixar segments).

Or maybe it is John Lasseter.

John has been called the modern-day Walt Disney, which I have heard him downplay. But of all of the colorful figures in the Cast Member stables, he is likely as close to that original Icon that we are ever going to get!

From his beginnings as a Jungle Cruise Skipper, to Pixar success, to being the Chief Operations Officer of Disney/Pixar Animation (actually, how does he manage to get that on a business card?) John has a lot on his resume! And where can I get some of those cool Hawaiian shirts he wears?

But I digress. So I want to meet John Lasseter.

Why? Not because I idolize the man, but because I respect his talent. So it would be awesome to have him critique something that I have created. As a Blogger, I write, draw, photograph, and video a lot of stuff. Is it good? How could it be better? If he had one word of advice for me, what would it be? We all should seek opportunities to gain such insights from those who know.

The Point: It’s too late to get Walt’s advice. But there’s still time to bug John!

Meeting your favorite Disney Celebrity

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  1. Like you I was born a year after Walt Disney passed and was always disappointed that I’d never get the chance to meet Uncle Walt. The modern-day Disney celebrity that I would love to meet in Glen Keane. Not only is he a terrific artist and supremely creative, he experienced the revival of Disney animation in the 80s & 90s, and he was mentored by and worked with some of Disney’s original Nine Old Men. And, to top it off, his dad is Bil Keane, creator of the Family Circus, one of my childhood favorites.

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