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April 30, 2007

Disney's Pirates World Premier Sells Out in 14 Days

Anaheim, CA -- Tickets for the world premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and Make-A-Wish International have sold out in just 14 days.

According to Walt Disney Studios, the company reached its goal of raising $3 million. Disney started the fundraiser two weeks ago with a donation of more than $1 million.

Ticket buyers from countries such as Australia, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Canada and Mexico, and 35 U.S. states including Hawaii raced to log on to and purchased tickets to the event at $1,500 apiece.

Commenting on the announcement, Dick Cook, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, said, "Disney is dedicated to making dreams come true, and now we're joined by 'Pirates' fans from all over the world who are making a difference through their generous support and participation in this event.

The Pirates premier will be held at Disneyland Park in Anaheim on May 19. Ticket holders obtain entry to the red carpet event, a buffet dinner, access to select Disneyland attractions and a reserved seat for the digital screening of the third Pirates film presented in an outdoor setting by the Rivers of America.

"The Studio is extremely excited about 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End,' and we are looking forward to a spectacular premiere to give the movie the send-off it deserves, while also touching the lives of so many children and their families," Cook added.

Over the past 25 years, Disney has continued to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, contributing more than $10 million in cash and in-kind donations on an annual basis. With more than 6,000 wishes granted each year, including visits to the Disney Parks, Disney Cruises, meeting Disney Characters and visiting TV and movie sets, including "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, Disney-themed wishes continue to be the most popular requests from wish kids.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" opens in theatres nationwide on May 2007.

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