George: I’ve often bemoaned that there needs to be an annual look at Walt Disney World. Something that recounts the changes throughout the entire property over the year, including parades, attraction refurbishments and special festivals. Sadly, compiling something like this for the first 30 years is going to be nearly impossible, but there is an amazing option for the past few years: Kevin Yee’s Unofficial Earbook!
Jeff: Kevin’s idea is simple: chronicle the changes at Walt Disney World during a calender year, and present them in a month by month fashion. In a way, it’s just like a high school year book for the Vacation Kingdom of the World. And let me tell you, it seems like it’s a pretty daunting task to tackle all of it. But thankfully, Kevin does it wonderfully.
George: This is the fourth Earbook that Kevin has produced (started in 2010) and it looks like he’s settled into a great layout that offers lots of photographs, text and isn’t very expensive. Kevin pretty much spends every weekend in the parks, so he’s got a great eye for when things have changed. Kevin looks at Walt Disney World on a month-by-month basis, presenting the information in a chronological order. We’ve reviewed his previous Earbooks and we firmly believe that future generations are going to cherish these titles.
Jeff: At some point in the future, Future Jeff and Future George are going to ask “Hey, what happened in February 2013 at Walt Disney World?” Or “What was the name of that restaurant that changed names in July 2013?” And the Unofficial Earbook is going to hold that answer for us. Being certifiable DisNerds, you know we WILL be asking those questions for research at some point or another, so these types of books that Kevin is producing every year are invaluable to us. Sure, it’s great to look over these books now and review the changes, but I think the real value of them is in 20 years, when we went an overview of what the parks where like and how they changed.
George: Until we invent Communicore Weekly Time Travel©, Kevin’s Unofficial Earbook is the next best thing! Kevin also includes a section that looks at one day at Walt Disney World, which includes the park operating hours, ticket prices, parade times and some general meal prices. He also includes an index which make it incredibly easy to find out when the American Adventure bathrooms opened in World Showcase.
Jeff: Because for Bathroom nerds such as ourselves, you know we’re going to be asking that question in 20 years! Overall, the book’s layout is easy on the eyes and has improved a bit over the last few years. It’s easy to find what you’re looking for, whether it be specific months or bits of information, like the “one day at WDW” part that George mentioned. Overall, it’s a nice time capsule of Walt Disney World, and one a lot of Disney nerds will benefit from.
Have you picked up a copy of the 2013 Unofficial Earbook? What are your thoughts?
By Jeff Heimbuch and George Taylor
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