Wing Chao MArch ’72 will be honored as a Disney Legend at the annual Disney Expo in August (2019). “The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor we can bestow,” said Bob Iger, Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s a recognition of talent, a celebration of achievement, and an expression of profound gratitude to the remarkable men and women who have made an indelible mark on our company and our creative legacy.”

Chao has worked at Disney for the past 37 years, playing a vital role in designing and developing projects worth more than $12 billion. He served as vice chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for Asia Pacific Development as well as executive vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, where he oversaw master planning, architecture, and design.

Established in 1987, the Walt Disney Company has since celebrated 289 Disney Legends. Chao is one of eleven 2019 inductees, alongside Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer.

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