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D23 Expo Exclusive: Tony Baxter to Receive a Window on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park

posted on August 9th, 2013 by Jon Storbeck, Vice President, Disneyland Park


Longtime Imagineer and recently-named Disney Legend Tony Baxter will officially receive a window on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, joining the company of other Disneyland legends who have had a profound impact on the park.

Disney Legend Tony Baxter to Receive a Window on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park

At the D23 Expo today, Tony hosted a session called “Undiscovered Disneyland,” where he showed rarely seen footage of the park’s early years. At the conclusion of his presentation, he received a surprise visitor — Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs. To the cheers of the delighted audience, Tom made the announcement that Tony will receive an honorary window on Main Street, U.S.A., in recognition of his more than 40 years of contributions to the Disney Parks legacy.

“This is an honor reserved for the people who have made an indelible mark on Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and Disneyland Resort in particular,” said Tom. “And so we want you to have an indelible tribute on Main Street where it all began.”

Tony, who started his career scooping ice cream at Disneyland, helped create some of Disney’s most iconic attractions, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Star Tours and Indiana Jones Adventure.

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Corene from BC on August 9th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Yay! I am SOOOOOO pleased that Tony will be getting a window! Congrats Tony! Great call Disney!

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Laura from CA on August 9th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

A well deserved honor .

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Christopher on August 9th, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Do we know what “company” on Main Steet, USA he will be the “owner of? Or his designated “profession”?

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Brittany on August 10th, 2013 at 8:40 am

Reading that Mr. Baxter is getting a window gave me chills! I am so glad he is being honored in such a special way!

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Brock from MA on August 10th, 2013 at 10:33 am

I wish I could’ve attended the D23 Expo! I’ll forever be a fan of & indebted to Tony Baxter for his involvement in creating those aforementioned attractions but most especially the Journey into Imagination, with my absolute favorite character of all-time: Figment! Thank you Mr. Baxter and congratulations on the well deserved honor!

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Nick on August 10th, 2013 at 11:11 am

This is so fantastic, way to go Tony!! While Disneyland will never be complete, it certainly will become just a bit more complete with a Tony Baxter window on Main Street! Just make sure he gets one over here at WDW as well!

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Nancy on August 11th, 2013 at 9:14 am

Wonderful news and so deserved! I had the pleasure of meeting Tony at this year’s Comic-Con. He’s such a nice man and very approachable.

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Nate on August 11th, 2013 at 11:32 am

Congratulations Tony Baxter!

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Dustin on August 14th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Congrats Tony! And much thanks for all of the attractions, including BTMR and Indiana Jones Adventure!!

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