Disney ‘D23 Magazine’ Summer 2011 Issue Sneak Peek; On Newsstands May 3

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Disney D23 Magazine, Summer 2011The summer issue of Disney twenty-three magazine hits stands May 3, filled with features that will take readers from the depths of the sea to the edges of outer space. In the swashbuckling cover story on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, director Rob Marshall and actors Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane and Richard Griffiths take D23: The Official Disney Fan Club into the action-packed world of the highly anticipated film.

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‘Kingdom Keepers IV’ Author Tour Dates Announced

'Kingdom Keepers 4: Power Play' by Ridley PearsonVia his Wild Ride blog, Kingdom Keepers author Ridley Pearson has provided details on the tour schedule for the Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play book tour, which will kick off on April 4, 2011 at Walt Disney World as we were the first to announce.

Following Walt Disney World, Pearson will be appearing in the New York City area, the west coast and finally Georgia and Missouri. For the full details of the tour as well as any future updates, see Wild Ride.

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Video: Ridley Pearson Talks ‘Kingdom Keepers IV,’ New Online Game

'Kingdom Keepers 4: Power Play' by Ridley PearsonBad news involving Chernabog and Maleficent have caused the Overtakers to step up their game and there’s no telling what they’ve become capable of in the latest entry to the popular Disney Parks-based series for young adults, Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play, by Ridley Pearson, available exclusively at Walt Disney World on April 4, everywhere else April 5 (available for pre-order on Amazon.com).

Pearson has offered the following video as an appeal to his loyal fans to help him investigate further just what those pesky villains are up to, inviting them to participate in an all-new viral video game, the ‘Kingdom Keepers: Race to Save the Magic Video Challenge’ coming soon exclusively to thekingdomkeepers.com.

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Ridley Pearson to Premiere ‘Kingdom Keepers IV’ Early at Walt Disney World

'Kingdom Keepers 4: Power Play' by Ridley PearsonNoted young adult author Ridley Pearson will be making a signing appearance at the Walt Disney World Resort on April 4 and April 5, 2011 to promote his latest entry into the popular Kingdom Keepers series, Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play. Available nationwide on April 5, 2011, Walt Disney World guests will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase it the day before at Once Upon A Toy, located in the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

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‘Disney/Pixar Presents’ Magazine to Debut in May from Marvel and Disney Publishing Worldwide

Marvel and Disney Publishing will debut Disney/Pixar Presents, a new monthly magazine featuring some of the most popular characters from the acclaimed Disney/Pixar films. Intended for readers of all ages and priced at $5.99, the first issue will hit stores in May 2011.

Starting with series debut Disney/Pixar Presents: Cars Magazine #1 (written by Alan J. Porter & Mark Cooper and penciled by Allen Gladfelter, Magic Eye Studios & Travis Hill), each issue contains 96 full color pages of content, including a mix of brand new stories, classic adventures, puzzles, games and more. Featuring characters from Disney/Pixar’s hit movies Cars, Cars 2, The Incredibles, Toy Story 3 and more, Disney/Pixar Presents will be available at bookstores, retail chains, comic stores and other retail locations.

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The Walt Disney Company to Celebrate 45 Years of “it’s a small world” in 2011

For the 1964 Worlds Fair in New York, Walt Disney was commissioned by the Pepsi-Cola Company to produce an attraction to benefit the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). With less than a year to create it — and with the vision of former Disney Imagineer Mary Blair and catchy tune by the Sherman Brothers —  Disney introduced “It’s A Small World” to the public. In 1966, the attraction re-opened at Disneyland, albeit in a modified form, and ‘the happiest cruise ever to have sailed’ has been a perennial favorite for millions at Disney Parks around the world since.

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‘General Hospital’s’ Damian Spinelli to be Featured in Novel from Disney Hyperion

Following the success of the New York Times bestselling books, ‘The Killing Club’ and ‘Charm!,’ Hyperion and ABC Daytime announced today that they will join efforts to publish a novel based on Damian Spinelli, one of the most beloved characters on ABC-TV’s popular daytime soap, ‘General Hospital,’ to coincide with the show’s 48th anniversary.

Titled The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli (Hyperion; $22.99 hardcover; April 5, 2011 publication date), this book is the story of the endearing, lovable computer genius and geek, Damian Spinelli, and his exploits as a private detective as told to another character on the show, the high-powered attorney of Port Charles, Diane Miller. Filled with mystery and suspense, the pages were found on
Ms. Miller’s stolen computer disc and include never-before-told stories of Port Charles residents-their confessions and behaviors in times of crisis and triumph through Spinelli’s imagination.

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Disney Publishing Worldwide Debuts Illustrated Books From Tron, Toy Story, Cars and More on Apple’s iBookstore

Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today the debut of beautifully illustrated books from Tron, Toy Story, Cars and other favorites on Apple’s iBookstore. iBooks 1.2 app, Apple’s popular free reading app whose new version was released today and includes the iBookstore, features new visual enhancements for brilliant, full-color, two-page spreads of illustrated books on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Disney titles include:

  • Beauty & the Beast: Enchanted Christmas
  • Donald’s Christmas Gift
  • Mater Saves Christmas
  • Phineas & Ferb: Oh Christmas Tree!
  • Prep and Landing
  • Rapunzel’s Amazing Hair
  • Thumbs Up! Phineas & Ferb

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‘Kingdom Keepers,’ ‘Peter and the Star Catchers,’ Others Coming to eBook Format in November

Kingdom Keepers III by Ridley Pearson for the KindleDisney (e)readers, rejoice! At last, classic beloved series and books from the prolific authoring team of Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry will be released in the Amazon.com Kindle eBook format later this month. First, the exciting prequel series to Disney’s Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry will be released on November 23. The remaining books and series will be released in Kindle format on November 29.

Included in the releases are:

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Ridley Pearson’s ‘Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play’ to be Released April, 2011; Now Available for Pre-Order

Amazon.com has now begun accepting pre-orders for Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play by noted young adult author Ridley Pearson.

The next in the incredibly popular series which centers on what happens inside the Walt Disney World theme parks at night (at least until they hit the high seas of the Disney Cruise Line in book five), Power Play ‘s official synopsis is as follows:

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