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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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Touching The Slipper: A WDWFG Community Tradition

Here at Walt Disney World for Grownups, we have a thriving member forum of friendly Disney lovers who are always ready to talk about the latest Disney News and Events.

Cinderella Castle Photography Tips

It could be said that no trip to Walt Disney World would be complete without a picture or two of the magnificent Cinderella Castle. In fact of you haven't brought your own camera, you don't need to worry because Disney has PhotoPass photographers stationed all the way down Main Street USA to capture that shot of you standing directly in front of the castle. It's a vacation tradition for millions, but is a shot right down Main Street the best way to get a picture of the castle?

Mickey Mouse Gnomes at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Spring is in the air and the Flower and Garden Festival is now in full swing at Walt Disney World's Epcot Theme park with millions of blooms, great entertainment and new food offerings from March 6 to May 19, 2013. As guests stroll through the themed gardens and wonder in the diversity of plat life showcased in the park they can also spend a fair amount of time shopping for their own gardens back at home.

The Art of Disney Towel Animals

The Walt Disney World Resort's housekeeping staff (known fondly as Mousekeeping) is known for it's friendly service, attention to detail, Grand Floridian parasol parades, and perhaps most of all, the towel animals. What's that? You've never heard of a towel animal?

Genealogical Exploration at Liberty Square's Heritage House

Update: We have heard rumors that this shop will be closing it's doors on January 4th, 2014.

Disney Time Sweepstakes to Give Away 31 Vacations in January 2013

Disney has announced a brand new sweepstakes for the coming of 2013 and you could win some Disney Time! Starting on January 1st, and throughout the remainder of the month Disney Parks will award no less than 31 Vacations! Hopeful fans may submit one entry daily by choosing one of their choice of the following vacations, at either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts. There's even a special trip geared just towards Grown Ups!

Haute Couture from Harrods and Disney

The November 2012 Harrods Magazine released an inspired "Once Upon a Dream" photo spread of elegant high fashion designer gowns inspired by the most classic Disney Princesses. This flight into fantasy included designers such as Versace, Valentino and Elie Saab to name just a few.

Silly Symphonies: The Night Before Christmas

Merry Christmas to All!

In order to celebrate this festive occasion I've picked a short piece of Disney film classic to entertain you this morn. A delightful Disney rendition of the traditional Holiday favorite poem 'Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.

Holidays Around the World at Epcot

While many families gravitate towards the fantastic environment of the Magic Kingdom for their Christmas time fantasy, I have always loved the cultural diversity of Holidays Around the World at Epcot. A highly anticipated part of the season this tradition brings together storytellers from around the globe to share seasonal tales of Winter Holidays in Epcot's World Showcase.

Tradition of the Pickle Tree in Epcot's Germany Pavilion

One of my favorite Disney Christmas traditions can really be found all year long in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot. For may family, it began back in the 1980s when my Dad, who for some unknown reason, became a huge fan of The Pickle Tree.