The "Once Upon A Time" panel followed hot on the heels of the "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" panel, and as much as fans enjoyed visiting the spin-off, they were even more excited to see the landing of the mothership.

Creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz returned to the stage, followed by Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Lana Parrilla (Regina), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold), Ellie DeRavin (Belle), Colin O'Donoghue (Captain Hook), Michael Raymond James (Baelfire).

The mood was immediately jovial. James appeared wearing an Angry Birds hat, which Dallas teased him about. When the show's leads -- Carlyle, Donoghue, Morrison and Parrilla -- were asked about their characters being trapped on a boat at the start of season three, there was joking about getting wet and getting bruised on the rocky voyage.

But quickly, the focus turned to the series matter of when the show will be airing. Horowitz told the audience, "In the fall, we're running 11 episodes in a row uninterrupted, then 11 in the spring."

Charles was asked to discuss playing twins on the show (which, given that one twin is dead, will be limited to flashbacks). "Of course, they were separated when they were very young. They had different parents, different circumstances and that made them different people. And we have Charming on his own journey now."

Goodwin addressed what might be ahead for Snow from an emotional perspective. "I think what we learned last season is she doesn't always do the right thing. What goes up must come down. She's always been one end of the pendulum swing and she went very far in the other direction. Now she needs to find out who she is."

After Parrilla and Carlyle joked around about how many people their characters have killed "In the five hundreds," Parilla said), the Evil Queen hinted, "My favorite kill is coming up in season three."

Finally, the looming question about when Peter Pan was going to show up was tossed to the show creators. "The journey was really us waiting on lawyers. But last year we saw the shadow, we saw the Darlings... we have not met Peter Pan and we have not gone to Neverland, and that's where we're going."

But is Peter Pan a villain? Signs point toward yes, though Hororwitz would only say, "Peter has a complicated motivation, maybe."

"He might be frightening to some people," Kitsis said.

"We will be seeing a lot of Neverland and some it, of course, will be those characters you remember from the book. It's a fantastical island; it's the place where imagination comes from and where anything can happen," he continued. But will there be Tinkerbell? "You all have to believe to see her," he hinted.

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