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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2009 3:32 pm | Updated: 2:02 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Walt Disney Co.'s four-day fan festival, D23 Expo, promises sneak peeks at Disney properties and inside scoops on what's happening at the mouse house. A look at highlights from the inaugural Expo:

THURSDAY:

Disney president and chief executive Robert Iger welcomes fans to D23.

Robin Williams and the cast of "Golden Girls" receive honors for their contributions to the Disney legacy at the company's Legend Awards.

ABC presents its fall slate of TV shows, including a live preview of "Dancing With the Stars."

FRIDAY:

Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook presents footage from upcoming films "Alice in Wonderland," "Disney's A Christmas Carol" and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."

"TRON" director Steven Lisberger offers a peek at the upcoming "TRON: Legacy" and leads a discussion about the sci-fi classic.

Disney experts present rarely seen animated short films from the Disney vault, including some of Walt Disney's earliest animation efforts.

SATURDAY:

Preview of rides and attractions destined for Disney parks.

"The Princess and the Frog" filmmakers discuss the animated musical and show footage.

Nearly 50 rare collectibles, including a check signed by Walt Disney, go up for auction.

SUNDAY:

Pixar chief John Lasseter discusses the future of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation and shares a peek at upcoming pictures including "The Princess and The Frog," "Rapunzel" and "Toy Story 3."

A double-feature of the 3D versions of "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2."

The Muppets talk about what's ahead for Kermit and crew.

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