Disney rolls out plans for D23 Expo for fans

Thu Jun 4, 2009 12:58am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Disney will hold its first D23 Expo, a convention for Disney fans, this fall at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. The September 10-13 event will include previews of such upcoming Disney films as "The Princess and the Frog," "Disney's A Christmas Carol" and "Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland."

The expo also will 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 peeks -- 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.

The event's "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 age 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.