Walt Disney Receives Star on the O.C. 'Walk of Stars'
ANAHEIM, November 10, 2006 -- Walt Disney, who transformed Anaheim into a city known throughout the world by purchasing 160 acres of orange groves and walnut trees for Disneyland, received the first star on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars Friday.
Ed Grier, president of Disneyland Resort, accepted the star on behalf of Disney, who died in 1966. Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle joined Grier in speaking at the morning ceremony on Harbor Boulevard at the corner of the Transportation Center, north of Disney Way. The ceremony also included music by the Disneyland Band and appearances by "Disney Friends."
The Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars is meant to honor visionary leaders, entertainers and entrepreneurs who have made a positive impact on Anaheim and throughout Orange County.
Disney was selected to receive the first star because of his impact on the region locally, nationally and internationally. He is credited with putting Anaheim on the map with the creation of Disneyland.
"Anaheim is a place where people come to realize their dreams -- a place where imagination, inspiration, creativity and hard work turn those dreams into reality," Pringle said. "Nobody personalizes these traits more than Walt Disney."
Disney is the parent company of ABC7.
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