D23 Expo 2015: Surprises pack Disney Legends presentation including Johnny Depp, Star Wars, Danny Elfman tributes

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As has been the tradition since the first D23 Expo, the Disney Legends ceremony began this year’s fan event by honoring a variety of important contributors to Disney history.

This year’s honorees are George Bodenheimer, Andreas Deja, Eyvind Earle, Danny Elfman, George Lucas, Susan Lucci, Julie Reihm Casaletto, and Carson Van Osten.

To a huge surprise to all the Disney fans in the audience, Johnny Depp was also made a Disney Legends honoree this year at the end of the ceremony.

Mixed in with touching speeches from honorees were exciting performances that included a “Dancing with the Stars” tribute to Eyvind Earle, a live rendition of “Kiss Goodnight” from the new Disneyland Forever fireworks show featuring songwriter Richard Sherman and singer Ashley Brown,

Watch below (more videos will be added throughout the day).

Johnny Depp:

Robin Williams Tribute:

Oogie Boogie song by Broadway Genie James Monroe Iglehart in honor of Danny Elfman

Richard Sherman & Ashley Brown perform Disneyland Forever fireworks song “Kiss Goodnight”

George Lucas

Danny Elfman

ROBERT A. IGER (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company)

D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (ABC/Image Group LA) ROBERT A. IGER (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company), JOHNNY DEPP

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D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (ABC/Image Group LA) R2-D2, C-3PO, GEORGE LUCAS, ROBERT A. IGER (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company)

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D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (ABC/Image Group LA) DICK VAN DYKE, MICKEY MOUSE

MICKEY MOUSE, DANNY ELFMAN

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MICKEY MOUSE, SUSAN LUCCI

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D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (ABC/Image Group LA) CARSON VAN OSTEN, MICKEY MOUSE

D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (ABC/Image Group LA) GEORGE BODENHEIMER

MICKEY MOUSE, PETA MURGATROYD

RICHARD SHERMAN, ASHLEY BROWN

D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (ABC/Image Group LA) ASHLEY BROWN

D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (ABC/Image Group LA) ASHLEY BROWN, RICHARD SHERMAN

D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (ABC/Image Group LA) ASHLEY BROWN, RICHARD SHERMAN

PETA MURGATROYD, VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY

JOSH STRICKLAND

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 Check back here later for the full Disney Legends 2015 ceremony.

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