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Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Grows New Roots

The Tree of Life, the iconic symbol of Disney's Animal Kingdom since 1998, recently went through a lengthy refurbishment. The construction walls have been removed to reveal an expanded central hub and "root" area of the tree featuring all-new carvings for guests to enjoy.

Bob Iger Says Plans for ‘Star Wars’ Presence at Disney Theme Parks to be Announced Later this Year

While there's no concrete news about how Disney is going to grow the Star Wars presence in its theme parks around the world, there is a lot of speculation. Disney CEO Bob Iger fueled that speculation last week during a call with Wall Street analysts when he said there is a "fair amount of design and development taking place" to increase Star Wars presence in "multiple locations."

The Walt Disney Company Names Tom Staggs Chief Operating Officer

The Walt Disney Company has named Tom Staggs the Chief Operating Officer. Staggs was the Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and will continue to lead the Parks and Resorts division while also working in his new role. A successor is expected to be named to take over the Parks and Resorts division at a later date.

Disney Pulls Starbucks Epcot Mug Featuring Purple Monorail

If you visit the Fountain View at Epcot looking to pick up your daily Starbucks fix and one of the Epcot "You Are Here" series coffee mugs, you won't find the mugs on the shelf. Disney pulled the Epcot Starbucks mugs this week because the design included the Monorail with a purple stripe.

Several Walt Disney World Resort Hotels Named Best for Families by Trip Advisor

The online travel site Trip Advisor has announced its 2015 Traveler's Choice Awards and five Walt Disney World Resort Hotels have been named to the list of the Top 25 Hotels for Families in the United States. The hotels named to the list include a value resort, a moderate resort, and three deluxe resorts.

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.

New Africa Marketplace Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2015

The expansion at Disney's Animal Kingdom continues with the recent announcement of an all-new Africa Marketplace coming in the spring of 2015. The Africa Marketplace is planned as a new dining and shopping experience for guests.

Donald's Safari Dinner Starts at Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in March 2015

Tusker House in Disney's Animal Kingdom has always been a popular character meal for breakfast and lunch but starting in March 2015 guests will also be able to have dinner with Donald Duck and his friends.

New Alex and Ani Bracelets Headed to the Disney Parks

If you're a fan of shiny, sparkly things like Alex and Ani bangles, today's your lucky day! Several all-new Alex and Ani bracelet designs are headed to the Disney Parks just in time to add them to your holiday wish list.

Several Disney Parks Receive Industry Awards

Several Disney parks around the world were recognized for attractions and guest entertainment options.

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) recently announced the annual Thea Award winners and it's a small world at Disneyland was the recipient of the Thea Classic award. This award honors theme park attractions that have endured for 20 year or more.

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Rides That Never Were: Walt Disney World – 'Beastlie Kingdomme', Animal Kingdom

With completion of the final piece of the expansion to Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs progressing well, attention is now turning back to the recent 2014 ground breaking on the new Avatar-themed 'Pandora' land at Animal Kingdom and it seems an apt time to revisit the original concept destined for this area of the park.

The Most Romantic Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World

Not every Disney traveler has room in the budget to hit one of the fabulous fine dining experiences at Walt Disney World. But those looking to add some romance to their trip don't need to worry, because amore' is about more than laying out the big bucks. Dim lights, a water view, soft music, and starry sky go a long way to turn these quick service restaurants into romantic musts. Here are my picks for Quick Service favorites that can be big on romance.

Best Spots to Find a Quick Breakfast at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Maybe you've experienced this: you wake up before dawn at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel and you're the first people in line for the bus to your favorite theme park so you can get there at rope drop. But then as you're standing there waiting for the park to open you realize you're starving! You forgot to grab something quick at your hotel and now you need to eat breakfast before tackling your daily touring plan.

Animal Kingdom’s Wildlife Tracking Center Renamed the Science Center

What was once known as the Wildlife Tracking Center at Disney's Animal Kingdom has recently been renovated and had a name change. The area is now called the Science Center.

The Science Center is home to the park's Science Operations team.

Add Animated Magic Shots to Memory Maker Photos at Walt Disney World Resort

Guests using the Memory Maker at the Walt Disney World Resort can add a little more Disney magic to their vacation photos with the all-new Animated Magic Shot enhancement.

With Animated Magic Shot the Memory Maker photos can become a video with an animated addition like Sven from Frozen or Sully from Monsters Inc.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Honored for Conservation Work with Taveta Golden Weavers

Disney's Animal Kingdom was recently recognized for its successful Taveta golden weaver sustainability program.

The park was awarded the 2014 Edward H. Bean Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for the aviary breeding program. The award recognizes programs that contribute to the reproductive success of a species or subspecies.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Two Baby Gorillas

For the second time in a month, a baby gorilla was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The first gorilla was born August 7 to mom Azizi and dad Gino, and the second gorilla was born September 3 to Kashata and Gino. Both gorillas are male.

The lowland gorilla family lives on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and also includes an adult female named Benga, and a four-year-old female named Lilly who was born to Kashata.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Welcomes New Baby Gorilla

The Animal Programs team at Disney's Animal Kingdom has proudly announced a new addition to the Western Lowland Gorilla family group! Born on August 7th, 2014 to mother Azizi and silverback dad Gino, the healthy and yet to be named infant has already become and cherished part of his family.

The Top 10 Can't-Miss Walt Disney World Attractions

It isn't easy to list the top 10 Walt Disney World Attractions. The four theme parks have so many incredible dark rides, thrill rides, and classic rides that making any kind of top 10 list is a bit of a challenge.

But we aren't afraid of a challenge. Unless that challenge includes riding Expedition Everest, then we're afraid. And so, without further ado here is a list of what we consider to be the top 10 attractions at Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World Cast Member is 2014 Disney VoluntEAR of the Year

A Walt Disney World cast member has been named the 2014 Disney VoluntEAR of the Year.

Kristen Lehrer, a resource manager at Disney's Animal Kingdom, was chosen by her fellow Disney cast members. She received a surprise celebration, a trophy, a handshake from Mickey Mouse, and a $2,500 contribution to the charity of her choice.