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For Disney fans, D23 is true nirvana

Disney has fans ranging from little kids to senior citizens, and thousands of them turned out for the third D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif.

Artist Tennessee Loveless created this Mickey Mouse out of nails. This art piece and many others, along with countless other Disney-related art and design, is on display at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. this weekend.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Disney hasn't become the world's most powerful media company by ignoring its fans.

On Friday, the giant media company opened the doors to its third D23 Expo, a three-day festival of all things Disney. Ranging from a three-plus-hour presentation of everything animated that will be coming from Disney in the next few years -- including three new Pixar films -- to a costume contest, an exhibition of classic artifacts from the Disney archives, and artists' re-imaginings of scenes from the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, "Steamboat Willie," D23 has something for everyone.

During the animation presentation, Walt Disney Animation's chief creative officer -- and Pixar head -- John Lasseter and a number of others from Disney unveiled the latest details from films such as "Frozen," "Zootopia," "Big Hero 6," and more. There was even a brand-new Mickey Mouse cartoon. On Saturday, Disney will host a similar presentation covering its live-action film slated. So please stay tuned for more CNET coverage from D23, which runs through the weekend.