This week, Walt Disney’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller passed away at the age of 79.
Upon learning the sad news, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Diane Disney Miller. She is remembered by Disney fans around the world as the beloved daughter of Walt Disney, and one who graciously shared her family history and personal memories of her father.”
“Diane was a fierce guardian of her father’s legacy who never hesitated to set the record straight, opening The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco to bring her father’s fascinating story to life. In our many conversations over the years, Diane’s unique and special perspective about her father only deepened my considerable appreciation for him. Diane was incredibly generous in that regard, freely sharing her personal insights and providing details that deepened our knowledge, and we remain grateful for her many valuable contributions to our efforts to preserve Disney history. She and her sister, Sharon, have long been recognized as Walt’s inspiration for Disneyland, a place he created for families to have fun together. For that reason and many others, Diane will always have a special place in our company’s legacy and in the hearts of fans.”
“She was also known for her philanthropic efforts, including playing an integral role in the development of the renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to ensure the creation of a unique venue bearing her father’s name that she believed would be “a wonderful thing for the city, for the spirit, for the soul.”
“Diane was the wife of former Disney CEO Ron Miller, as well as mother to their seven children, Christopher, Joanna, Tamara, Jennifer, Walter, Ronald and Patrick. She also had 13 grandchildren and had the great joy of recently welcoming her first great-grandchild into the world. We send our sincere condolences to the entire family and our thoughts remain with them during this difficult time.”
Our post, “Remembering Diane Disney Miller,” included a few favorite photos of Diane, including a special moment captured during Walt and Lillian’s wedding anniversary celebration in The Golden Horseshoe, just four days before the grand opening of Disneyland park.
Here are some of the other stories shared this week on the Disney Parks Blog.
Candlelight Processional Returns To Epcot November 29 at Walt Disney World Resort – 2013 narrators of this holiday offering include Gary Sinise, Neil Patrick Harris, Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Sigourney Weaver and more!
Mandy Moore Celebrates Disney Junior’s ‘Sheriff Callie’s Wild West’ at Disneyland Park – Read about Mandy Moore’s visit to Frontierland in Disneyland park last week.
Disney Parks Attractions Honored with Thea Awards – The Themed Entertainment Association announced awards for attractions at Hong Kong Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland park.
ABC’s ‘The View’ Visits the Disneyland Resort – Watch a special video of ABC’s “The View,” being hosted in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and Disneyland park!
Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Merchandise Debuts at Disney California Adventure Park – Take a look at some of the new ¡Viva Navidad! merchandise coming to Disneyland Resort just in time for the holidays.
Step In Time: Christmas Parade at Magic Kingdom Park in 1977 – See Chip ‘n’ Dale, Mary Poppins, Dumbo and friends take part in the 1977 Christmas Parade at Magic Kingdom Park.
The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park – Celebrate the 85th anniversary of Mickey Mouse by taking a look at the history of his home at Disneyland Park, Mickey’s Toontown!