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THE DISNEY CHANNEL SET TO TELECAST THREE ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS LIVE FROM WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT ON NOV. 19 AND 20 AS PART OF 'MICKEY'S WORLDWIDE KIDS PARTY'

 First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton To Address Children's Issues
 During the Live Telecast Of The "Children's Day Forum"
 On The Disney Channel At 1 P.M. Nov. 20


Nov. 21 To Be Declared National Children's Day During The Telecast Of
 The "Children's Day Ceremony" At 11 A.M. On Nov. 20
 ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Disney Channel will telecast three special programs live from EPCOT Center at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, on Nov. 19 and 20 as part of "Mickey's Worldwide Kids Party," it was announced by John F. Cooke, president. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in Orlando to participate in one of those productions.
 "Mickey's Worldwide Kids Party" will bring 6,500 children from disadvantaged backgrounds to parties at both Florida's Walt Disney World Resort and California's Disneyland, in celebration of the United States Congress declaring Nov. 21, 1993 as National Children's Day.
 As part of the celebration of children, some of Hollywood's top celebrities will be in Orlando to honor 36 outstanding teachers during The Disney Channel's live telecast of the fourth annual "The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards," on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT). Sean Astin, Susan Dey, Phil Donahue, Melanie Griffith, Amy Irving, Don Johnson, Joey Lawrence, Bill Nye The Science Guy, Sinbad, Harry Smith, Marlo Thomas, and Lindsay Wagner are among the celebrities who will present awards to an outstanding teacher in 12 subject categories. At the conclusion of the show, all 36 honored teachers will, by secret ballot under the supervision of Price Waterhouse, select the Outstanding Teacher of 1993 from among these 12 outstanding subject category honorees.
 On Saturday, Nov. 20, an official proclamation will be made to the 6,500 children who are visiting Walt Disney World for "Mickey's Worldwide Kids Party" that the following day, Nov. 21, will be National Children's Day. Telecast live from EPCOT Center on The Disney Channel at 11 a.m (ET/PT), the "Children's Day Ceremony" will also feature the Harlem Boys Choir and other entertainment.
 Later that day, at 1 p.m. (ET/PT), The Disney Channel, in participation with the Children's Defense Fund, will telecast live the "Children's Day Forum." Hosted by the "Today" Show's Bryant Gumbel, a select group of the 6,500 kids visiting Walt Disney World will be given the opportunity to ask questions and address children's issues with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Also scheduled to participate in the discussions will be Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund; Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala; Gov. Roy Romer of Colorado; and Dr. T. Berry Brazleton, child development expert and clinical professor emeritus of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. The "Children's Day Forum" will be telecast from The American Adventure Pavilion within EPCOT Center.
 All three live telecasts will premiere as part of The Disney Channel's free holiday preview, which will reach approximately 50 million cable households.
 The Children's Defense Fund, a national advocacy group, exists to provide a strong, effective voice for the children of America, who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. CDF's goal is to educate the nation about the needs of children and encourage preventive investment in children before they get sick, drop out of school, suffer family breakdown or get into trouble.
 The Disney Channel is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co.
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 /CONTACT: Tricia Haarer, 407-824-5874 or Jon Niermann, 407-824-5978, both of The Disney Channel/


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