Wing Chao will be honored as an official Disney Legend during D23 Expo 2019 for his contribution to the Disney legacy. For nearly four decades at Disney, Chao played a key role in designing and developing projects worth over $12 billion at Disney parks and resorts worldwide.
Chao served as vice chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for Asia Pacific development. He also served as executive vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering where he oversaw master planning, architecture and design. He directed development teams consisting of Disney Imagineers and many of the world’s most renowned architects and designers, developed and built projects including resort hotels, parks, cruise ships, entertainment venues, water attractions, convention & exhibition centers, sports stadiums, restaurants, retail spaces, recreational complexes, office spaces, and two new-town communities at The Walt Disney Company’s properties in California, Florida, Hawaii, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai and other locations worldwide.
Wing will join several other honorees, including Robert Downey Jr., Bette Midler, Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen and Hans Zimmer. Hosted by Disney chairman and ceo Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, Aug. 23 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Photo: Courtesy of Wing Chao