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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).
Each year, Walt Disney World offers one of the prime attractions from the upcharge Very Merry Christmas Party to regular day guests with no special ticket needed. This only happens in the Christmas week itself (and shortly thereafter), and...
I think I'm going to bring cookies to the Guest Relations Cast Members at Animal Kingdom. They will need the boost! What's going on? FASTPASS as you know it will end this week (starting December 18) at Animal Kingdom,...
I've not previously been to Busch Gardens Tampa for their Christmas decorations. It's a private party with an upcharge ticket you have to buy, mimicking the Magic Kingdom's model, and it seems on almost every level to be worth...
All of a sudden last week, based on some first-hand reports, there was reason to suspect that the Disney MagicBands do, after all, contain the capability to be read at a distance. The assumption until now was that Disney...
I have seen them on the wrists of other visitors for many weeks now, but I finally got a chance this past weekend to try MagicBands for myself (courtesy of a stay at Pop Century). My subjective verdict: most...
I was out of town last week when it opened, but the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights returned recently to Disney Hollywood Studios, and it's as impressive as ever. There is speculation (based on an insider leak?) that...
Something new appeared in the Toy Story Mania line a couple of weeks ago. It was a videoscreen disguised as an oversized Etch-a-Sketch, displaying occasional hints about the ride but mostly offering quick puzzles and quizzes about the Toy...
In November and December, Disney is changing the way FASTPASS+ (FP+) is being distributed at Epcot. Previously, those staying at Disney hotels could make three reservations--any three for a given park (no parkhopping concept is baked in, at least...
There's a song in the WDW Finding Nemo Musical which seems apropos to the current situation: "just go with the flow", Crush might belt out, and he might as well be singing about the new Glow With the Show...
The Avatarland project at Disney's Animal Kingdom got a sudden and unexpected boost Friday night (United States' time) when details and concept art were unveiled at the D23 Expo taking place in Tokyo, several time zones away. Some Disney...

Disney Gridlock

The gridlock in Congress (still no budget, as of this writing) seems like a strange topic to bring up on a Disney fan site, but I think there are parallels to the online world of mouse-fandom. In both Congress...
The newest addition to The Magic of Disney Animation - a Meet Minnie character interaction - is a success on every level. It certainly satisfies on the character interaction level, but what really caught my eye was the level...
The 2013 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom is unfortunately the weakest yet. The party is slowly being watered down, with cutbacks over the years from the slight to the not-so-slight. It's a process I've...
The new meet and greet in Fantasyland, Princess Fairytale Hall, opens on September 18. I was given access Friday night as part of the DisneyParks blog "Treat-Up" (meet up with treats), which was free to attend. Disclosure: as part...
After seven months of refurbishment, the California Grill is back with a new menu, subtle decor enhancements, and one Mother of All Parties to kick off the re-launch. I was fortunate enough to be selected for the DisneyParks blog meetup...
Universal has been on such a tear lately, it's easy to say that they have momentum on their side in Orlando for perhaps the first time ever. But Disney can come roaring back, and there are indications that they...
This past weekend, the Springfield section of Universal Studio Orlando opened up additional new sections, revealing still more food and drink options, amid highly themed decorative elements. Universal has been on something of a streak lately, opening up attraction after...
Let's do something a little bit different today. Let's just step in the time machine and look at OLD photos. I'm going to bring you a a photo essay of the construction of Expedition Everest, beginning in 2004. There's no...
I moved to the East Coast (North Carolina) in 2002 and to Orlando in 2004. I was at WDW at least every couple of months starting in 2002, so I've been a local for a while. Recently, I came...
The latest test of MyMagic+ (and its FASTPASS cousin, FP+) will start next week, involving guests at Bay Lake Tower--in other words, the DVC crowd. Disney may well get different feedback from this population than it got from the...