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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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Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival At Downtown Disney

The Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival pays homage to the traditional water-sport festivals which originated with the Ancient Chinese. In Chinese custom, a dragon represents wisdom and is a powerful symbol of spring rain and growth. Disney World created this fun event in 2008 to inspire guests to refresh their mind and body in both amusement and health. Recently this event was honored with the "Best Single Sport Event Award" at the SportsTravel Awards.

The Tile Mosaics of Epcot's Morocco Pavilion

Epcot's Morocco Pavilion is home to some of the most beautiful artworks in all of World Showcase. The first major expansion of World Showcase, King Hassan II actually sent his personal artisans to see to the architecture and to design and create the many intricate zellij mosaics.

Epcot's Canada Pavilion: Victoria Gardens

The Victoria Gardens can be found at Epcot in the Canada Pavilion. Guests stroll through it after exiting O' Canada! and admire it charming the sides of the walkway that leading to Le Cellier Steakhouse. In my opinion it's one of the prettiest spots in all of Epcot and maybe even all of Walt Disney World. Yet, set down and back away from the World Showcase promenade as it is, many people walk right by.

Charming Disney Bracelets

They say everything old becomes new again, and that's certainly the truth when it comes to fashion. One of my favorite childhood treasures is coming back strong all over Disney Parks, the charm bracelet!

Disney Weddings Series: Disney's Wilderness Lodge Sunrise Terrace

UPDATE: This venue is no longer offered as a Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Option.

Brides with a sense of rustic style can run away for a happily ever after that begins on the Sunrise Terrace at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Belonging to the intimate 'Escape' collection of Disney Fairytale Weddings, this petite venue accommodates just 10 people for a ceremony with a spectacular view of Bay Lake.

Canoe Races of the World at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Today is Labor Day and we're celebrating the Disney Cast Members that make our Walt Disney World Vacations so very special with a look at a Cast Member tradition that goes back to Disneyland in 1963. I'm talking about the annual two-week event that is Canoe Races of the World (commonly referred to as C.R.O.W.) held in the Magic Kingdom, and in Disney Parks around the globe.

Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure

Disney Cruise Line guests clamor for all the time they can get relaxing and enjoying the Caribbean air on DCL's private island, Castaway Cay. When not soaking up the sun or enjoying a meal of delicious BBQ, one of the most popular activities with island guests is the exciting opportunity to swim and interact with Southern Stingrays in a private lagoon.

Italy in Epcot: The 'Campanile di San Marco'

The design of Epcot's Italy Pavilion was created to showcase hallmarks of Italian architecture. The pavilion is modeled after St. Mark's Square in Venice with the large tower in the central plaza representing a one-fifth scale model of the 'Campanile di San Marco', the Bell tower of St Mark from the classic Italian city of Venice.

Totem Pole in Epcot's Canada

The Canada Pavilion at Walt Disney World's Epcot is home to three native totem poles. Disney says that these totem poles are "authentic examples of Northwestern Native American "family trees." However, the two original poles located in the pavilion towering high in the air are fiberglass and were designed by Imagineers to capture the spirit of the Pacific Northwest.

VIP Tours of Walt Disney World

Since 1958 tours of the Disney Parks have been a part of the premier service that Walt wanted to offer to his guests. Today Walt Disney World offers a broad variety of specialized tours from a quick look 'Behind the Seeds' (1 hour) to a full day of 'Backstage Magic' (8 hours). Friendly plaid clad tour guides enchant and entertain guests from all over the world while pointing out spots of interest and sharing elusive details of the Parks.