Disney rolls out plans for D23 Expo

Fan convention to feature film, TV sneak peeks

Disney will hold its first-ever D23 Expo, a convention for Disney fans, at the Anaheim Convention Center from Sept. 10-13. The event will include preview looks at such upcoming Disney films as "The Princess and the Frog," "Disney's A Christmas Carol" and "Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland."

The expo will also offer fans looks at Disney TV shows, park experiences and collectibles.

"We hope this will be the ultimate event for the multitude of fans who have been so instrumental in Disney's success," Disney president and CEO Bob Iger said.

Walt Disney Pictures will present the film sneak peaks -- which will also include "Rapunzel," "TRON," "Toy Story 3," "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" -- in a state-of-the-art cinema built especially for the D23 Expo.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will take expo guests behind the scenes to explore the legacy and future of Disney's theme parks and vacation destinations worldwide. Highlights will include a look at what's being planned for the future of Disney's California Adventure and discussions with the parks' Imagineers, cast members and executives.

The event will include the 2009 Disney Legends Awards, a 22-year tradition that pays tribute to the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to Disney entertainment, set to take place Sept. 12.

The D23 Expo also will offer the "Disney Dream Store," featuring exclusive merchandise and collectibles.

The "50 and Fabulous Film Festival" will spotlight three classic Disney movies that are celebrating their golden anniversaries this year: "Sleeping Beauty," "The Shaggy Dog" and "Darby O'Gill and the Little People." Also slated to screen are the upcoming "Tinker Bell: Lost Treasure" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," which will be released this year by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment in a new Diamond Edition.

Tickets are $37 for a one-day adult admission and $27 for children 3-12. Four-day passes are $111 for adults and $81 for children. Members of D23, the Disney fan club, will receive a discount on up to four same-day admissions as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests.