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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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Mulch, Sweat 'n Shears at Hollywood Studios

Mulch, Sweat & Shears is a fan favorite at Disney's Hollywood Studios. This fun rock band is known as Los Lawn Boys outside of Disney World -- but when they're playing on the Streets of America, they are known as Mulch, Sweat 'n Shears.

The Animal Kingdom Yeti

Spoiler Alert: If you've never ridden Expedition Everest and have no idea what it's like you may want to avoid this article until after you've ridden it to save the surprise.

Cast Member Character Paintings

Walt Disney World sets the theme park standard for rides, shows, attractions, dining, and phenomenal employees, but something that doesn't get mentioned nearly enough is the fact that Disney parks don't stop there. They take guest engagement further than any other theme park operation by "plussing" the experience guests have just walking down the street.

Epcot's 'Tomb Warriors: Guardian Spirits of Ancient China' exhibit

Come with us on a photo tour of the terracotta soldiers at Epcot's China pavilion!

Remodeled Bathrooms in Magic Kingdom Make a Splash

Restrooms. We all use them; we all want them to be clean, modern, and "Disney-esque." And there's a newly remodeled set of restrooms in the Magic Kingdom that we think are pretty snazzy. Snazzy enough, in fact, to give them a shout-out!

These are the restrooms located in that little underpass between Adventureland and Frontierland, and Disney World has recently updated them to reflect rich Arabian themeing. We have a few photos of the women's restroom (clearly the best choice, we think!) to give you an idea of the changes.

Rare Finds: Photo tour of 'Animales Fantasticos' at Epcot Mexico pavilion

We're taking a peek inside the Mexico pavilion at Epcot, looking at the "Animales Fantasticos" of Oaxaca.

The Grand Floridian Bird Cage

Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is known for its luxurious atmosphere, incredible service, proximity to the Magic Kingdom (it's right next door!); but it's also known for its theme.

Epcot's Lucky Owl

Japan's Mitsukoshi department store in Epcot's World Showcase is one of our favorite places to wander, and every once in a while I find something I can't help but show you here on WDWFG. Today -- it's the lucky owls.

Disney's Epic Mickey for Wii a Hit

Epic Mickey for Wii has hit store shelves after a long period of anticipation from gamers and Disney fans.

Christmas Hidden Mickeys

We're big fans of finding Hidden Mickeys around here! For those who haven't heard of them, Hidden Mickeys are defined as:

a partial or complete impression of Mickey Mouse placed by the Imagineers and artists to blend into the designs of Disney attractions, hotels, restaurants, and other areas.