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The following statement was issued by The Walt Disney Company on February 11,
2004 and may be deemed "soliciting materials" within the meaning of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the regulations of the
Securities and Exchange Commission issued thereunder:

While we applaud the ISS on its recommendations with respect to our
non-management directors, we find its position inexplicable with respect to
Michael Eisner, since he led the very changes that resulted in a board
dominated by independent directors. The Walt Disney Board exceeds the
guidelines set by the NYSE with respect to corporate governance standards, and
this would not have been possible without Michael Eisner's commitment to
governance and transparency.