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Disney Research Using Video to Detect Behavior of Giraffes at Night

Researchers with the Disney Research have developed a new video technique that will automatically detect unusual giraffe behaviors at night. The technique was tested by monitoring four giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Walt Disney World Resort Announces ‘Flip Side’ Sweepstakes for January

We can't think of a better way to start the New Year than winning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation that includes an overnight stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at the Magic Kingdom.

If that's your idea of the best way to ring in the New Year then you'll want to enter the 'Flip Side' Sweepstakes that was recently announced by Walt Disney World.

House Where Walt Disney was Born to be Restored and Preserved

Today in honor of Walt Disney's birthday, WDB Restorations LLC is announcing the groundbreaking on the restoration and preservation of the home where Walt and Roy Disney were born in Chicago.

Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proclaimed today to be "Walt Disney Day" in honor of the groundbreaking.

The home, located at 2156 N. Tripp Avenue, was built by Elias Disney in 1893 and was designed by their mother Flora. Elias also built several of the other homes on the street.

Disney Research Invents Microphone That Transmits Sound through Your Fingertips

If you've ever wanted to send someone a secret message simply by touching their ear, Disney Research has come up with a way to do just that.

This new invention - called the Isihin-Denshin - takes the sounds that are spoken into a microphone and transforms it into a low current inaudible signal that is then sent back into the speaker's body. And this is where it gets really sci-fi - when the person who spoke into the microphone touches another person's ear that inaudible signal vibrates in the person's earlobe, recreating sound.

First Masai Giraffe Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Has a Name Thanks to Disney Parks Blog Fans

Earlier this summer a baby giraffe was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom - the very first Masai giraffe born at the park - and of course he needed a name. Not just any name would suit this little guy, so the Disney Parks Blog set up a contest to have the fans pick a name.

There was a list of names chosen by the animal care team and readers of the blog had a few days to make their picks.

2013 Disney Legend Award Honorees Announced

Eight more Disney Legends will be honored for their contributions to the Disney legacy at next month's D23 Expo.

New Alternate Reality Game ‘The Optimist’ Allows Participants to Explore Walt Disney’s Vision of Tomorrow

If you ever wanted to know what it might be like to be part of a secret project that involves solving a mystery based on Walt Disney's plans for tomorrow, then there's a new alternate reality game just for you.

Á La Mode’ Costume Contest Honoring Fans’ Creativity Planned for D23 Expo

At the D23 Expo, fans often dress in costume to honor their favorite Disney movie, attraction, or character. And at this year's D23 Expo those fans and their creativity will be showcased at the first-ever A La Mode Costume Contest.

Photos from Walt Disney’s Personal Camera Released to Members on New D23 Website

This week D23: The Official Disney Fan Club officially relaunched its website and some of the new member-exclusive content are never-before-released photos from Walt Disney's personal camera.

Former Disney Carolwood Estate Up for Sale for $90 Million

Nearly six decades after Walt and Lillian Disney built their dream house on Carolwood Drive in Los Angeles' Holmby Hills neighborhood, the 3.7 acre estate is on the market. Asking price: $90 million.

It's amazing what you can miss when you're running through the parks to ride the latest e-ticket ride. In this column we explore a variety of hidden attractions and tucked away treasures throughout the Disney parks and resorts.

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Treasured Souvenirs: Pick-A-Pearl at Walt Disney World

There are many creative and off the beaten path experiences that you partake in at the Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorites is the "Pick-A-Pearl" spots that can be found in a variety of locations around the property. For princesses both young and old Pick-A-Pearl can be an exciting and memorable souvenirs that will last through the ages.

Buy Your Muppets Movie Tickets Through Fandango and Get Free Music!

It's Muppet Madness around here! Have you bought your tickets to go see "The Muppets" yet? If not we've found another great giveaway opportunity to share with you. Free Music on iTunes! It's easy to do, just follow these simple instructions. First, watch the full trailer for "The Muppets" and get a sneak peek at all the fun to come!

Disney and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Walt Disney's love of American history lies throughout the parks, and in Liberty Square at Halloween time ghosts and ghouls frolic amongst park guest on special nights. Though the most obvious of Walt Disney World's spooky sensations is the Haunted Mansion, with its 18th Century Pennsylvania Dutch facade looming high on it's hilltop, Disney also keeps a strong connection to the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

One Man's Dream

Step into Walt's life and journey with him as he discovers his dreams and sees them turned into reality when you walk through the One Man's Dream attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Sid Cahuenga's One of A Kind Shop

How many times have you walked past Sid Cahuenga's One of a Kind Shop because you assumed it was just another Disney gift shop? Next time you might actually want to take a look inside and check out the unique memorabilia for sale there!

Norway's Stave Church and Viking Exhibit

On your trip "around the world" at Epcot make sure and stop at Norway to check out the Stave Church and the Viking exhibit it contains.

New Haunted Mansion Queue

The Haunted Mansion Queue got a makeover this past year and it is awesome! New additions include new interactive crypts and new tombstones that feature fun variations on familiar Haunted Mansion characters.

Maharaja Jungle Trek and Pangani Forest Trail

Animal Kingdom is a park where one can really stop and savor the atmosphere and the beautiful animals. Two places that are great for taking it slow are the Maharajah Jungle Trek and the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.

Morocco Fez House

Located between France and Japan in Epcot's World Showcase is the Morocco pavilion. It is here that we find one of our favorite rare finds in Epcot, the Morocco Fez House.

The Fez House represents a typical Moroccan home with its beautiful mosaic tiles, carvings, and artifacts from daily life.

The Bellevue Lounge

One of the many "rare finds" at Disney's Boardwalk Inn and Resort, the Bellevue Lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink after a long day at the parks. The Bellevue Lounge is tucked away right off the main lobby. If you can't find it just ask one of the Cast Members and they will point you in the right direction.

The Bellevue Lounge is modeled after a 1930s sitting room and features board games and working radios playing shows from eras past. A light breakfast can be found here in addition to drinks during the evening hours.