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Kevin Yee

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Kevin Yee is an author and blogger writing about travel, tourism, and theme parks in Central Florida. He is a founding member of MiceAge and has written numerous books about Disney parks (see http://bit.ly/kevinyee).
Much digital ink has been spilled about Pandora and its two rides. Let me be the first to reiterate what I said last week: Avatar--Flight of Passage is not only good, it's transcendent. It was even better on my...
Disney's Animal Kingdom's newest land has already had some public previews, and photos and opinions are starting to be published everywhere. The question many folks have been asking since the project was announced (three years ago!) is whether this...
Many of us who have been following Disney parks for years know all about DCA 2.0 - a reboot of the entire theme park, basically, with so many new themes and attractions that the original version looks prosiac by...
Things are moving and shaking at Walt Disney World. You've got Rivers of Light that just opened (see below), and a continuing stream of new tenants in the bustling Disney Springs. The Hall of Presidents will reopen after six...
"Add a zero." In my mind's eye, that's how the conversation ended between high-ranking Disney executives, when trying to decide if they have pushed the boundary far enough, if they have TRULY tested charging "what the market will bear." In...
It's been ages since I've taken up the theme of SeaWorld here in this space, so an update is long overdue. Where do we stand? What's the State of the Oceanic Union? Turns out, as is so often the...
Back in his first Presidential run, Bill Clinton caught fire with voters partly for identifying what actually mattered to the voter rather than his opponent's narrative, and the phrase "it's the economy, stupid" would forever be enshrined in the...
A short time before he died, Walt Disney was given a dress rehearsal of the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean ride, moving at the desired ride speed through the sets. The designers were apologetic for the way that conversations...
It's finally happened! The news has slipped out that the Magic Kingdom in Orlando (though not YET Disneyland in Anaheim) is following the other theme parks into the NeverNever Land of serving alcoholic beverages. In some ways, it's been...
If you can find time to pause your 12,758th replay of the song "We Know the Way" (is it just me, or is the Moana soundtrack the most catchy thing ever?!), you only need a cursory glance at the...
Last week, Disney announced a new upcoming service: you can parkhop from Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom straight to, say, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at DHS. Since the bus service would use backstage areas and roads, there would be no...
The traditional folk wisdom about brides and weddings ("something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue") applies in a weird way to the two newest offerings at Disney's Hollywood Studios: PizzeRizzo and "Jingle Bell Jingle BAM!" fireworks and projections. In other...
I'm actually a really big supporter of the Disney Springs expansion. You'll find many critics, especially online, but in general I like what they've done with the former Downtown Disney. That said, they've expanded so much, and added so...
On the face of it, there are nothing but positives associated with this week's announcement that Epcot is expanding its holiday food and drink services come the holiday season. They are adding even more festival-style booths than before, and...
About ten years ago, I wrote an article in this space with an idea called "Declining by Degrees." Since it's been a couple years since I've written about it, a fresh look is warranted to see if, on balance,...
Kevin Yee returns with a look at the upcoming Star Wars Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There's a fun bit of speculation involved in this discussion and we'd love to hear your thoughts on where everything is going and...
I'm back! For those who remember me, I last wrote in this space more than two years ago, with a veiled "goodbye" article about gnashers and foamers. The truth was, I was taking a breather. I had written a weekly...
There's a longstanding divide in the world of Disney fandom, especially in the online realms. The point of contention is a fundamental one: are the Disney parks on the right road, or the wrong one? At the first extreme,...
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train finally soft-opened to the public on Friday 5/23, which also happened to be the 24 hour day. While I didn't show up there until the late afternoon, I got to sample the ride six...
Star Wars Weekends have begun, and the signature finale to the event is now the Symphony in the Stars fireworks show. The name is not new, and in fact using the show name with just Star Wars music has...