Kevin Yee’s Unofficial Earbook 2013

Written by George Taylor. Posted in Disney, Features, The Disney Review

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Published on April 19, 2014 at 2:00 am with 3 Comments

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?

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  • BradyNBradleysMom

    I’ve said this to a lot of my friends who are Disney fans like me: we are living in “The Age of Yee”. Kevin Yee is a once in a lifetime kind of writer. I put him up there, in his field, with the greats in any of their fields. There has never been a Disney writer as prolific and profound as Kevin Yee. His books are so good that my kids fight over reading them and they hate reading in general. Even my husband will hold onto a Kevin Yee book and read it two or three times before he lets me have it back. I have to sometimes sneak it away from him because I want to read it again too! My favorite part of a Kevin Yee book is that he’s just so relatable and down to earth but at the same time he spots all the things that regular people don’t see. Like, if Kevin Yee was walking through the park and I was walking next to him, I could spot maybe two or three interesting things to tell you about…but Kevin Yee would spot twenty or thirty things. He’s got what I like to call “Yee Vision”, where his brain is just better than mine at spotting interesting things and making the connections and then telling people about all this great stuff. I don’t know how he does it but I am so glad he does!

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  • seenoevil

    A group of friends and myself go to WDW every Christmas season and we actually celebrate Christmas with a tree and gifts. It’s always hard to know what to get my friends since they’re all Disney fans and are in the parks all the time. I’m afraid they’ll already have bought something I see in the park. Anyway, this year I’ll be buying 5 copies of this book as gifts. I think it’s a great way for all of us to look back and review our previous trips. 2013 was our 10th anniversary of traveling as a group! I always appreciate Kevin Yee’s WDW comments and insights.