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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 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."

An Old Fantasyland Classic - La Fontaine de Cendrillon

Tucked away back behind the castle, just around the corner from Castle Couture in Fantastyland is a charming little detail that is one of my Disney favorites known as La Fontaine de Cendrillon - or - Cinderella's Fountain. It's a delightful water feature that's both art and functional drinking fountain for guests.

Crossroads of the World at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios was designed to celebrate the magic of a place where everyday dreams really could come true - Hollywood. At this homage to the wonders of movie making, it's only fitting that walking into the Park guests find themselves on a set that transports them back to the golden age of film in Los Angeles, California.

MagicBead Artisans Booth at Disney Hollywood Studios

While strolling past the Rockin' Rollercoaster I came across a fun little booth that had rows and rows of bright and colorful beads hanging off of it. Never one to pass up looking at a jewelry store, I had to stop and was delighted at what I found. These fun beads in rainbows of brilliant color are actually Disney Guide Maps and paper products collected from around Walt Disney World that have been turned into fun jewelry!

The Liberty Tree

13 Lanterns, each unique in its design, hang from the sturdy wide spreading branches of a stately oak in the middle of Liberty Square. They represent the 13 original colonies to form the United States of America. At the base of its trunk you'll find a bronze plaque:

Ten Fast Facts About Liberty Square

It's almost time for America to celebrate another Independence Day, so I thought I thought we should kick off this most patriotic season with ten fast facts about the Magic Kingdom's very own Liberty Square.

DiVine Performance Art At Disney's Animal Kingdom

Tucked amongst the leaves and foliage of Disney Animal Kingdom is a street performance of great renown. It's easy to miss, to walk right by, but if you keep your eyes open you just may run into DiVine. Elegant and elusive DiVine has been captivating guests who happen upon her since 1998.

See A Show or Concert at Downtown Disney's House of Blues

Have you ever thought about seeing a concert while on your Disney vacation? Nope? Well, to be honest I hadn't either, but that soon changed when it was pointed out to me that the amazing Olly Murs was going to be performing at Downtown Disney's House of Blues. I am a huge fan of his, so I was very happy to hear this. After I stopped screaming like a hormonal teenager I went online to book tickets. I had been to House of Blues once years ago while I was vacationing, so I had fond memories of the place.

Must Have Souvenirs from Walt Disney World

We've all experienced that moment at Walt Disney World when you walk into a store on property and your eyes light up because you've found "it" - the perfect souvenir. For some it's an ear hat or a photo frame or a coffee mug. If you have kids you know all too well that for them, the perfect souvenir is everything in the store.