The granite stars will honor political leaders, entrepreneurs and show- business types who have ties to Orange County.

Fittingly, Disney's star was placed near the main entrance to the Magic Kingdom. Eventually the stars will dot the sidewalks of the Resort District, extending down Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue.

Next up: fast-food king Carl Karcher, of Carl's Jr. burger chain. Karcher will get his star next month.

The Walk of Stars ceremony was part of Anaheim's 150th anniversary bash and featured speeches by Pringle, Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier, and president of the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars Bob Alexander.

"I'm thrilled and honored to accept this star on behalf of Walt Disney," Grier said. "It honors his great legacy and is one of more to come."
Nominees for future stars run the gamut from actor and Cal State Fullerton graduate Kevin Costner to John Steinbeck, who wrote the novel "Tortilla Flat" while in Laguna Beach.

"These visionaries are part of our history, our own homegrown heroes," said Virginia Zlaket, who has lived in Anaheim for 34 years and is chairwoman of the city's anniversary commission.