D23 Expo – Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson and David Arquette in Storytelling Event

Hi everyone!

Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson and David Arquette are set for a Storytelling Event at the D23 Expo in August, which will also include a special announcement.  Keep reading for the press release, which also gives information on buying tickets if you haven't picked yours up! 


Ridley Pearson, Epcot Book Signing

Burbank, Calif. – July 14, 2011 – A strong commitment to corporate
citizenship is as much a part of The Walt Disney Company's heritage as
the family entertainment that has delighted and captivated audiences for
decades. Disney opens a new chapter in that level of commitment at the
D23 Expo on Friday, August 19, 2011 in the Anaheim Convention Center
Main Hall. A special announcement will be part of a storytelling event
featuring two of America's best-known and most popular writers, Dave
Barry and Ridley Pearson, and David Arquette, star of Disney Junior's #1
series, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates."

Disney Publishing Worldwide authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have
enthralled readers since 2004 with their re-imagining of Peter Pan's
adventures, "Peter and the Starcatchers,"  the best-selling and
award-winning prequel trilogy. Visitors are invited to hear from the
authors, listen to a family reading event led by Disney Junior's "Jake
and the Never Land Pirates" star David Arquette, participate in the big
announcement and receive a free book.

"By nurturing young readers we help support creativity and imagination,
an important part of our citizenship mission at Disney," said Leslie
Goodman, Senior Vice President, Disney Corporate Citizenship. "We
welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Disney Publishing Worldwide
to bring this special event to the D23 Expo while at the same time
encouraging visitors to take part in our daily pavilion activities that
show how we can all make a lasting, positive change in the world."

At this year's D23 Disney Corporate Citizenship pavilion, visitors will
see how they can take action through Disney Friends for Change, an
initiative that helps inspire kids and families to join together and
make a positive impact on their world. Visitors can participate as an
"honorary" Disney VoluntEAR in a different community service project
each day, including preparing child comfort kits for kids in need,
assembling care packages for military families  and planting seedlings
for the environment.

Visitors can also become "honorary" D23 Green Team members by taking
part in a scavenger hunt that will lead them through the Expo in a quest
to boost their environmental I.Q. Not only will they find out what
Disney is doing to help protect the planet for future generations,
they'll be in the running for prizes and a fun Friends for Change photo
as well!

Tickets to the D23 EXPO are available at
Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the
D23 EXPO and can be purchased for single days or for the full three days
of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult ticket and $37 for
children 3-12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and $106 for
children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive a
discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day
of the D23 EXPO for themselves and their guests.

About D23 Expo 2011

The D23 Expo-The Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and Families-brings the
entire world of

Disney under one roof, providing guests with unprecedented access to
Disney films, television and theme parks.

About D23

The name "D23" pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in
1923 when Walt

Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first
official community for fans in

Disney's 88-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to
the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic
through its quarterly publication Disney twenty-three; a rich website at; a collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives
Collection; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year,
highlighted by the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 19-21, 2011.

Fans can join D23 at, select shops at Disneyland
Resort and Walt

Disney World Resort and To keep up with all the
latest D23 news and events, follow us "DisneyD23" on Twitter, YouTube
and Facebook.