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Celebrate Literacy Week with Author Appearances at Walt Disney World Resort

Steven Miller

by , Merchandise Communications Manager


I watched an amazing thing happen the other night. My son came home from school and read a book to me. For years, I’ve been reading to him, so it was one of those special moments as a father that I will always cherish (and I captured the whole thing on video). As you may recall from a previous Disney Parks Blog article, books play an important role in my life. I’m happy to share with you that, in honor of literacy week, we have two authors making special appearances at Walt Disney World Resort this week.


Ridley Pearson returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday, January 26. He will be signing all four books from the “Kingdom Keepers” series from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Writer’s Stop. His newest book, “Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game,” will be published this coming spring. Devon Burch, Merchandise Special Events Manager, told me that Ridley will be returning in March for an early release event for this book. Stay tuned to ArtofDisneyParks.com for additional details.


On Saturday, January 28, Emma Walton Hamilton will be appearing at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. She was the co-author, along with her mother Julie Andrews, of the “The Very Fairy Princess.” We will also have the newest book in the series “The Very Fairy Princess Takes The Stage.” She will be signing books and meeting with fans from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Happy reading!


  • I wish I could go to WDW tomorrow! Kingdom Keepers is my favorite series, but, alas, I’m stuck up north. Guess I won’t be able to get my books signed. :(

  • I’m guessing Pearson is appearing at the Studios because the latest Keepers seems to be set at the Studios, but it’s still nice to see Writer’s Stop get a little love–I keep worrying that a little bookstore cafe might be overlooked in the middle of the Studios park (and a “forgotten” Ellen reference at that), but it’s a good excuse to do author-signing events.
    (And I want a Por Favor cup, too!)

  • Another great post, Steven. I wish I could attend the signings (and I hope to see more signings by Hyperion authors in the future).

    As a book “nerd” (yup, I even have an English degree ;), I love seeing author visits to the WDW resort. I especially wish I could attend signings by Ridley Pearson. I’m 31, and I love the Kingdom Keepers series! I’m hoping to relocate from this cold climate to Sunny Central Florida by this time next year, so maybe I’ll actually be able to attend some of these great events.

    • @Tim – Looks great, doesn’t it? :-) I love a great cup of coffee with a good book. Stay tuned as I’m working on a post about my favorite daily beverage.

      @Diana – Right on! I know the merchandise special events teams keep busy at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World arranging these opportunities to meet authors and artists. You definitely need to come to sunny Florida – it’s another beautiful day here.

  • Steven,

    I can’t help but notice that coffee cup sitting next to the book that looks VERY similar to the “Por Favor…” design that appears on one of the boxed candies available in the Parks. The Disney geek in me is hoping that this might be available for purchase soon in the Parks. Pretty please?? :)

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