D23 Day 1 Happenings: Books, Princesses, Pirates, Honorees and Fans!

JAKE, DAVID ARQUETTE, MR. SMEE, CAPTAIN HOOK

JAKE, DAVID ARQUETTE, MR. SMEE, CAPTAIN HOOK

David Arquette – the Voice of Skully on Disney Junior’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates

LESLIE GOODMAN (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DISNEY CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP), NANCY KANTER (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING AND GENERAL MANAGER, DISNEY JUNIOR WORLDWIDE), KYLE ZIMMER (PRESIDENT, FIRST BOOK), CAROLINA LIGHTCAP (PRESIDENT, DISNEY CHANNELS WORLDWIDE)

LESLIE GOODMAN (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DISNEY CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP), NANCY KANTER (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING AND GENERAL MANAGER, DISNEY JUNIOR WORLDWIDE), KYLE ZIMMER (PRESIDENT, FIRST BOOK), CAROLINA LIGHTCAP (PRESIDENT, DISNEY CHANNELS WORLDWIDE)

What a wonderful surprise to have actor David Arquette, AKA Skully, on Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” kick off Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA today by helping announce the donation of $500,000 and 8 million Disney Publishing Worldwide books to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need.

The most fantastic thing about this donation is that last year First Book distributed 8 million books and now they have 8 million new ones and a generous donation of $500,000 which will First Book cover some expenses involved in getting all those books out to schools and programs serving kids from low-income families around the country.

Here’s a peek at the fans waiting to get into the next event

FANS at D23 Friday Waiting in Line for Next Event

FANS at D23 Friday Waiting in Line for Next Event

DISNEY LEGENDS CEREMONY – Congrats to Regis Philbin!

REGIS PHILBIN

REGIS PHILBIN

At D23 today men and women who have contributed to the creative legacy of The Walt Disney Company were honored in a special presentation, hosted by Tom Bergeron.

In addition to TV icon Regis Philbin, Muppets creator Jim Henson, the extraordinary actresses who vocally brought to life many modern-day Disney Princesses including Jodi Benson (Ariel from The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Lea Salonga (singing voices of Jasmine from Aladdin and Mulan from Mulan), Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Jasmine from Aladdin), and Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog) plus other equally impressive contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends.

Each honoree will receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the Company. Disney Legends Award recipients also participate in a handprint ceremony, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters.

Fun Facts about Disney Legends 

  • The first Disney Legend named in 1987 was actor Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire).
  • There have been a total of 237 Disney Legends named and include Tim Allen, Robin Williams, Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Annette Funicello, Peter Jennings, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Sir Tim Rice, Dick Van Dyke and Barbara Walters.
GUY WILLIAMS FAMILY with Mickey Mouse
GUY WILLIAMS FAMILY with Mickey Mouse
ANIKA NONI ROSE, REGIS PHILBIN, LINDA LARKIN, LEA SALONGA
ANIKA NONI ROSE, REGIS PHILBIN, LINDA LARKIN, LEA SALONGA
KERMIT THE FROG, ROWLF, TOM BERGERON
KERMIT THE FROG, ROWLF, TOM BERGERON
REGIS PHILBIN Surrounded by Disney Princesses
REGIS PHILBIN Surrounded by Disney Princesses
ANIKA NONI ROSE, Princess Tiana in Disney's The Princess and the Frog.

ANIKA NONI ROSE, Princess Tiana in Disney's The Princess and the Frog.

PAIGE O'HARA, LEA SALONGA, ANIKA NONI ROSE, JODI BENSON

PAIGE O'HARA, LEA SALONGA, ANIKA NONI ROSE, JODI BENSON

MICKEY MOUSE at D23 2011

MICKEY MOUSE at D23 2011

Be sure to stay tuned to our blog for more updates from D23! Two more days of fun from Anaheim and D23 2011!

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