Disney Princesses and Muppets sing at 2011 Disney D23 Expo Legends ceremony

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The 2011 Disney Legends ceremony took place as the first major Arena presentation of the 2011 D23 Expo. Honorees included Regis Philbin, Guy Williams, Jack and Bonita Wrather, Ray Watson, and Bo Boyd. But it was the line-up of voices of Disney Princesses and a tribute to Jim Henson that stole the show, entertaining an audience of fans with familiar songs.

Disney Legends

To start the show, after all of the honored Disney Princess voices, Linda Larkin, speaking voice of Jasmine from “Aladdin,” introduced four singing Princess voices to each perform songs from their films. Paige O’Hara sang as Belle, Lea Salonga sang as Mulan, Anika Noni Rose sang as Tiana, and Jodi Benson sang as Ariel. The four sounded just as they did when recording their classic songs for classic animated Disney films. And after they each sang, they joined together on stage for one final performance together.

Linda Larkin

Watch all these newly-inducted Disney Legends perform in the video series below.

Video: Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle) performs songs from Beauty and the Beast at the 2011 D23 Expo


Video: Lea Salonga (voice of Mulan) performs “Reflection” at the 2011 D23 Expo

Video: Anika Noni Rose (voice of Tiana) performs “Almost There” at the 2011 D23 Expo

Video: Jodi Benson (voice of The Little Mermaid) performs “Part of Your World” at the 2011 D23 Expo

Video: Disney Princess voices sing together at the 2011 D23 Expo

In the middle of the ceremony, the other honorees accepted their awards with humble speeches, sometimes with relatives accepting on their behalves. Regis Philbin offered his trademark energy and comedy alongside ceremony host Tom Bergeron.

Regis Philbin

But it was the finale of the show that captured everyone’s hearts, as Jim Henson was honored with two Muppet performances. The first was a live puppeteering of an old routine Jim and his wife Jane called “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face”, performed by Jim’s son Brian Henson. Following his speech, Kermit the Frog and Rowlf appeared on stage and sang “Rainbow Connection,” a classic Muppet song.

Watch both Muppetational performances in the videos below.

Video: “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face” performance

Video: Kermit and Rowlf sing “Rainbow Connection” at the 2011 D23 Expo

What used to be a private ceremony has become very public since 2009’s D23 Expo and the audience in attendance at today’s first Arena presentation was thankful for having the chance to see these incredible performances.

Photos from the 2011 Disney Legends ceremony at the 2011 D23 Expo:

8 Comments

  1. Wild Ol' Dan

    Ricky, Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful performances with us. It looks like it was an incredible evening filled with Disney magic. This is why Disney magic is so deep in all our hearts…where it will be forever. Wild Ol’ Dan

  2. Joel

    Thank You Ricky for sharing this, do you have the speeches of the princesses? i’d love to see those videos!

    1. Ricky Brigante

      I do and I’ll share them soon.

      1. Joel

        Thank You so much!!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this!!! I am sitting here crying, but they are happy, happy tears. :)

  4. Valentina

    Oh my gosh..I’m speechless..it’s so wonderful to re-live all my chilhood’s memories watching these videos and hearing those incredible voices..let the Magic of Disney goes on and on! I’m a Disney Cast Member here in Italy and you don’t even imagine how I would have loved to be part of this Exposition..so thank you for sharing all with us!! ^.^

  5. Kermit and Rowlf singing “Rainbow Connection” bought a tear to my eye. That is one of my all time favourite songs from my childhood. Thanks for sharing Ricky you made my day!

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