The Team Disney structure is sometimes called the "Seven Dwarfs Building". It has large sculpted caryatids of the Seven Dwarfs holding up the roof of the eastern façade, an homage to the animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which provided Walt Disney with the revenue to purchase the Burbank lot. Each statue is 19 feet tall, with the exception of the 2/3-sized Dopey at top.
On January 23, 2006, in honor of Michael Eisner's 21-year leadership of the company, the Team Disney building was rededicated as Team Disney – The Michael D. Eisner Building. Office to Bob Iger.
Close-up of the Disney Legends Statue.
Let's take a close look at the statues of Walt and Roy, his brother. They are found at the Walt Disney Studios. I had the honor of visiting the studio and was thrilled to see these statues in person.
The statue was created in honor of Walt's 100th birthday: December 5, 2001
Dedicated on October 18, 1998, the plaza features the Partners statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. This statue is the same found in Disneyland park's central hub just in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Interesting feature: the initials on Walt's tie are STR, and stand for Smoke Tree Ranch. An area in Palm Springs, CA where Walt owned a vacation home.
In the Disney Legends Plaza is the statue of Roy O. Disney and Minnie Mouse, designed by Imagineer Blaine Gibson. It is the same statue found at the Magic Kingdom park in Florida.
WATCH THIS VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE STATUES
The following recipe is from the Walt Disney archives. I personally had a delicious bowl of Walt's favorite chili during my visit to the Walt Disney Studios, Burbank. Now you can make it in your own kitchen at home.
2 lbs. coarse ground beef
2 onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic
1⁄2 cup oil
1 cup chopped celery
1 tsp. chili powder (depending on taste)
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 large can solid pack tomatoes
2 lbs. dry pink beans
For Extra Zest
Add a pinch of the following spices:
1 little yellow Mexican chili pepper
Soak beans overnight in cold water. Drain, add water to cover (2 inches over beans), and simmer with onions until tender (about 4 hours). Meanwhile, prepare sauce by browning meat and minced garlic in oil. Add remaining ingredients, and simmer for 1 hour. When beans are tender, add sauce to beans and simmer for 1⁄2 hour. Serves 6 to 8.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".
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