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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 Disney Cruise Line Enrichment Series

If you're at all like me, you've wondered how would you spend sea days on a week long Disney Cruise. Well I assure you that in true Disney style the cast members strive to keep you entertained as well as offer something to learn. The spectacular enrichment series of engaging and sophisticated classes and seminars give adults a look behind the scenes and share some of the secrets of the Disney Cruise Line's magic.

The Little Mouse: Topolino in Epcot's Italy

In 1932, Mario Nerbini, decided to create a new weekly newspaper for children with illustrated stories about Mickey Mouse. Giove Toppi drew the first story and it was published on December 31, 1932 and featured Mickey Mouse being chased by an elephant.

Oaxacan Wood Carvings in Epcot's Mexico

One of the most beautiful and delightful parts of the Mexican Pavilion at Walt Disney World's Epcot has got to be "Animales Fantasticos." Located in the entrance hall of the Temple building, guests can't help but linger in the Gallery of Mexican Folk Art. This the collection of colorful Oaxacan woodcarvings, is both an enchanting display of skilled craftsmanship and a wonderful idea for a souvenir or gift for someone back home.

Is the Orlando Exotic Driving Experience Worth the Money?

Many people on this planet are cursed with a disease commonly called "Morning Person." I am fortunately not afflicted with this disease, so it takes a great deal to convince me to get up early.

Before heading out to the Orlando Exotic Driving Experience on this morning, I pondered the same question many people are going to face: Is it worth it?

It's Pollinator Day at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom is celebrating conservation events all year long! As a zoological park it is regularly engaged in ongoing research and conservation efforts involving its animal species. Today the folks in the Park are celebrating Pollinator Day! Guests who stop by Rakiki's Planet Watch can participate in Pollinator Day activities that include the opportunity to see two different types of bees and to learn how to create a pollinator garden at home.

Go Nuts! Send a Coconut Postcard from Walt Disney World

We've talked about Postcards and the Art of Correspondence before, but if you're looking to buy a unique souvenir for a friend or family member the next time you're at Walt Disney World, go nuts! Don't just send any postcard, send a Coconut Postcard!

A Hidden Gem in the UK: The Butterfly and Knot Herb Garden

Sometimes when you are at Disney World you just want a moment of peace, somewhere to step out of the craziness that involves ride lines, waiting times, fast passes, and dining reservations. Hidden in the UK pavilion there is just that, the Butterfly and Knot Herb Garden.

Classic Perfume Houses in Epcot's France Pavillion

As you walk up the boulevard past the elegant fountains and landscaped planters, tucked off to the right in a cozy little arcade of shops you will find the most quintessential of luxury French gifts. Windows decorated in towers of feminine icons you will find the home of some of this country's most evocative scents.

Timon and Pumbaa are Wild About Safety

Have you ever picked up a counter service meal in Animal Kingdom and found a trading card on your tray? I was puzzled by this during my last trip and admittedly, the card went into the trash with the rest of my garbage. However later in the day I discovered just what that card was and how much fun it is being a kid again at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

A Visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum Part 2

Thanks for stopping my to read the second half of my visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum. This fun interactive Museum in San Fransisco holds so much Disney History it was too much for just one post. As you walk through this modern interactive museum you explore Walt's life chronologically, and we continue today in that vein.