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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 Proverbs of Kidani Village

Animal Kingdom Lodge's Kidani Village is a beautiful example of how Disney's Imagineers strive to create a home away from home for Disney Vacation Club Members. The grandeur of Jambo House is brought down to a smaller yet equally stunning design at Kidani, giving it a warmer and more intimate feeling. One of my favorite details of Kidani Village are the simple sayings painted on the walls of the resort. Popular native proverbs from the countries of Africa express truths or common human experiences that touch the heart.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Special Event Card For Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Fall at Walt Disney World is one of my favorite times of the year and Mickey's Not So Scarey Halloween Party begins on September 1st! Once again, guests attending the festivities will be able to pick up a little something special for their goodie bags.

Epcot's Beautiful Japanese Gardens

Finding a quiet spot in the theme park during Walt Disney World's busy season can be tricky. However Epcot's Japan Pavilion offers a lovely retreat away from the busy path of tourists rushing by. Many guests are familiar with the magical Koi Pond in Japan, but fewer have ventured deeper within the garden to seek its source.

Rosie's Victory Garden at Disney's Hollywood Studios

One of my favorite little corners at Disney Hollywood Studios is home to a charming piece of Americana. Rosie's Victory Garden offers a reminder to guests that even in the glittering Heyday of Hollywood that Americans were facing some of their most trying times. With World War II raging across both the Pacific and the Atlantic those on the homefront were called upon to pitch in any way that they could.

Asante Faux Watches At Disney's Kidani Village

One of my favorite things about the Walt Disney World Resort is all the exquisite little details that the Imagineers use to create an atmosphere. It's these details combined into a larger theme that transports the delights the guest senses and transports them to another time or place. Every now and then in this world of fantasy the Imagineers will even include some genuine cultural treasure. The art and artifacts on display at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge are some of the best.

Walt Disney World Is A Horticultural Wonderland All Year Long

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is well under way at Walt Disney World - but did you realize that the property of a horticultural wonderland all year long? We've gathered together some of our favorite reasons that this vacation kingdom is the best place to bring your green thumbed family any season.

Below It All: Utilidors Of The Magic Kingdom

You may have heard that there is a tunnel system under Magic Kingdom. There is a tunnel system below the Magic Kingdom Park called the utilidors. Walt wanted the utilidors because when he opened Disneyland, he saw a cowboy walking in Tomorrowland and that wasn't what he wanted to happen. To help prevent that from happening in Magic Kingdom, he planned for the utilidors so cast members had a way to get to where they work without disrupting the story line in the different areas of the park.

The Art of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a true jewel in the crown of Walt Disney World Resorts. Not only do its unique savannas and animal programs make the resort experience exciting, but is is home to the largest collection of African Art outside of the African Continent.

The Broadsides of Harambe Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom

One of the reasons the Disney Parks keep fans returning year after year is the attention to detail they give to the storytelling throughout all of the lands. From architecture and attractions to landscaping and set dressings this attention is what allows millions to suspend belief and journey to a land far away from central Florida. One of my favorite areas for this is the Harambe Village in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Holiday Gift Guides For Disney Fans At MickeyFix.com

This year it is easier than ever to find great gift ideas for the Disney lovers in your life, because our friends over at Mickey Fix have put together the ultimate set of Gift Guides! These carefully curated lists of magical merchandise are sure to delight Disney fans of all sorts with "all the Disney stuff you never knew you needed."