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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).
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...
There's an old-time baseball tradition of discussing team strategies as either being "singles and doubles" or "home runs," with the first strategy being about slow, methodical progress and the latter about big, lurching mini-victories that are harder to obtain....
Last week, Disney released plans for several upcoming attractions at Walt Disney World which were previously shrouded in the mists of rumor: Rivers of Light water fountain show at DAK, Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Polynesian, and Harambe Nights...
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been under construction for so long, we could be forgiven for almost accepting that it's never coming. But that day is almost upon us. Last weekend, the construction walls finally came down around...
I'm pleased to report that Walt Disney World started, this past weekend, testing a new atmosphere entertainment show in Dinoland U.S.A., in the form of a human scientist interacting with a velociraptor. There were many reasons to be cheerful...
This past weekend, we had a chance to sample the Muppets Most Wanted promotion in WDW (specifically, the interactive game added to Epcot). The diversion was pleasant enough, but it got me thinking about Studio money vs. Parks money,...
If you've followed my writing for a while, you know that I have written and hosted many scavenger hunts held inside Disney theme parks over the years. And the newest one is coming this Sunday, April 6, from 1pm-5pm...
Walt Disney enjoys an almost unmatched reputation as a Great Innovator in the same vein as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. This extends to many epochs of his career, including the very concept of theme parks as we know...

On the Upswing

By and large, things are looking up at Walt Disney World. Prices may continue rising every year, but the crowds keep coming back. Disney COULD look at the crowd levels and decide to leave well enough alone (it's what...
I've just returned from a delightful three-day cruise aboard the Disney Magic (which received new enhancements late in 2013). For the privilege, we paid almost as much for those three days as we do for the entire year of...
Like clockwork, Disney has raised the price of admission to its WDW parks: it's now $94 per park, except the Magic Kingdom, which now costs $99/adult. The $100 mark will be breached the next time Disney raises ticket prices (most...
The talking trashcan, PUSH, has been discontinued at the Magic Kingdom. At least, that's true as of this writing; I wouldn't be too surprised if this changes yet again after this story is published. Why? Because this story has...
In some ways, it seems like Walt Disney World is firing on all cylinders. The parks have never seemed more crowded, for one thing, and it hardly seems like there is an off-season anymore with short lines. That implies...
2071 is a long ways off. We are closer to WDW's birth in 1971 than to its 100th anniversary, and yet I'm struck by a desire to imagine the resort at that century mark. Possibly this is a result...
It's been a while since we've glanced at the current state of construction, renovation, and rumors at the WDW theme parks and resorts, so it's high time to see what's cooking--some of which is necessarily rife with speculation and...
In the early days of FP+ and MagicBands, there was a lot of speculation (and more than a little hand wringing) because we didn't know a lot of details. Now that the tests are several months old and have...
The week between Christmas and New Year's is magical. You get the free Christmas parade in the Magic Kingdom. You get the awesome Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special in Disney Hollywood Studios. You get the deafening Holiday Tag to Illuminations....