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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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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.

Discovery Island Trails at Animal Kingdom

Originally called the Tree of Life Gardens, then the Discovery Island Gardens, the Discovery Island Trails are a hidden gem of sorts at Animal Kingdom -- a virtual feast for the eyes.

Muppet Movie Reminders in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios is a treasure trove of nostalgic detail, and you can even find it in the gift shops!

If you've ever headed over to the Stage One Company Store after a zany afternoon at Muppet Vision 3D, you know what I'm talking about.

Boardwalk Inn Carousel

Disney's Boardwalk Inn has plenty of "rare finds," including a beautiful scale model carousel located front and center in the entryway of the resort.

Three Rare Disney Characters and Where to Find Them

Even though we go to the parks as grown-ups without kids, that doesn't mean we are immune to the charms of the characters. Sometimes, even if we aren't hunting autographs, it's fun to see some of the more elusive characters out and about. Of course -- parades don't count! ;-)

Here are some of our favorites that we spy from time to time...

Where in the World? Photo Hunt Answers!

Thanks for participating in the "Where in the World?!" Photo Hunt we posted on Tuesday!

As promised, here are the answers to the hunt:

Camp Minnie Mickey in Disney's Animal Kingdom:


Norway's Viking Exhibit in the Stave Church in Epcot:

Where in the World? WDW Photo Hunt

Over on our WDW for Grownups forums, the Where in the World thread is becoming more and more popular as we members try to stump one another with obscure photos taken in Walt Disney World!

We figured it might be fun to post a few here as well! You'll see below six photos taken in Walt Disney World. Can you guess where each of these pictures is from? We'll post the answers in tomorrow's article!

By the way -- here's a hint: Only one of the photos was taken at a resort hotel. The rest are in the parks!

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The Beach Club's "Drawing Room"

Are you ready for some screaming excitement? Then you've come to the wrong post! Today we're going to look at one of my favorite places to relax in Disney World, "The Drawing Room."

Italian Masks in Epcot

For those who haven't been to Disney World in a while, the masks have moved!

Yep -- the gorgeous, carnivale art masks have been moved out of the back of the Enoteca and now reside over in the back of the jewelry/perfume/glass shop across the way.

The Lawnmower Tree

Fort Wilderness Resort, located on Bay Lake near Wilderness Lodge and just past the old River Country water park, is one of the most historical locations in Walt Disney World.

One of the original "resorts" in the park, this campground, which has expanded now to include cabins, has its own following of dedicated fans, and is the site of many fan favorite attractions, like Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue and Trail's End Restaurant.