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Disney Publishing Worldwide announces 3-million copy first printing of Rick Riordan’s “Son of Neptune”




First-Ever "Olympian Week" to celebrate Percy Jackson's return in

the second book in The Heroes of Olympus series

York-August 18, 2011
– With a 3-million copy first printing-the largest
first printing in DPW history-Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW)
announced today the return of the ultimate demigod hero, Percy Jackson
in The Son of Neptune. In support of the October 4, 2011
one-day laydown, fans are invited to special prepublication festivities
in Los Angeles and New York City as well as online at
Disney Publishing will also launch the first-ever Olympian Week, a
seven-day, coast-to-coast celebration of Rick Riordan and his Heroes of
Olympus series.  

Riordan has created one of the most iconic characters in children's
book history with Percy Jackson," said Suzanne Murphy, vice president
and publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide. "Children, booksellers,
librarians, and fans everywhere are eagerly awaiting Percy's return, and
we believe that will propel The Son of Neptune to be the biggest book of the fall for young readers."

exclusive prepublication events will take place the weekend prior to
the book's release, on Saturday, October 1, at Greeley Square in New
York City, and Sunday, October 2, at The Grove in Los Angeles. DPW
invites fans to help take over the entire outdoor areas of these iconic
venues to celebrate The Son of Neptune. Fans of all ages are
encouraged to dress up as their favorite character and join the
festivities, which will include performances and readings by characters
from the series. Get all the latest information on the series at  

of bookstores and libraries throughout the US and Canada entered the
Olympian Week contest for a chance to win an event with Rick Riordan.
The seven winners who will be hosting an event during Olympian Week
(October 4-10) are:

  • A Whale of a Tale/Mission Viejo Library (Mission Viejo, CA)
  • Barnes & Noble (Burlington, MA)
  • BookPeople (Austin, TX)
  • Books-A-Million (Columbia, SC)
  • Indigo (Toronto, Canada)
  • Penguin Bookshop (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Tumwater Timberland Library/Orca Books (Olympia, WA)

The Son of Neptune simultaneously releases in hardcover, as an eBook, and as an audio version through Listening Library on October 4, 2011. Thirty
million books are currently in print in the US across Riordan's three
series from Disney-Hyperion Books: Percy Jackson & the Olympians,
The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus. The books have been
translated into 37 languages in 36 countries.

an ever-expanding cast of brave-hearted heroes and formidable foes,
this second book in The Heroes of Olympus series offers all of
the action, pathos, and humor that Rick Riordan fans crave. Visit for more information on The Son of Neptune and the series.

Rick Riordan, Children's Choice Book Award Author of the Year, is the author of the award-winning New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. The Lightning Thief, the first book in that series, was developed into a feature film. In 2010 he launched two all-new series that both debuted at #1 on multiple best-seller lists: The Kane Chronicles and The Heroes of Olympus. His
previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre
series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in
San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons. For additional
information on Rick visit

About Disney Publishing Worldwide

Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world's largest publisher of
children's books and magazines, with over 250 million children's books
and over 400 million children's magazines sold each year. Disney
Publishing Worldwide consists of an extensive worldwide licensing
structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints including
Disney Book Group in the U.S., Disney Libri in Italy and Disney Libros
in Spain. DPW publishes a range of children's magazines globally
including Topolino, Le Journal de Mickey, and Donald Duck, as well as family titles in the U.S. which include Disney FamilyFun and Phineas and Ferb.
Disney English is DPW's English language learning business which
includes Disney English schools in China and a worldwide retail
licensing program. DPW's digital products include bestselling eBook
titles as well as original apps. Headquartered in White Plains, NY,
Disney Publishing Worldwide publishes books, magazines, and digital
products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit


Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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