Articles Posted by Kevin Yee

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

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    Unofficial 2012 Earbook

     Unofficial WDW Earbook 2012 Living in Central Florida (since 2004) and visiting WDW every weekend as I do, it becomes easy after a while to see just how much the place changes. So I started…

  • Universal Formula

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    Universal Formula

    We fans like to talk a lot about the Disney Difference — a vaguely defined set of guidelines and expectations which loosely encircle concepts like immersion, the wow factor, and attention to details. They can…

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    Long Lost Friends

    Disney World has really gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to the national promotion called limited time magic. Disney considers the program to be part of its one Disney initiative, meaning…

  • Fat-Free?

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    Habit Heroes Fat-Free?

    When Habit Heroes opened for previews in Innoventions in early 2012, it faced an immediate firestorm for its portrayal of fat people. The story went viral and became national news when the National Association to…

  • Bowling for Dollars

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    Splitsville Bowling for Dollars

    Enough happens in O-Town that it’s impossible for a single person to see everything, especially if trying to cram it all in on weekends. So it happens sometimes that I’m very late to the party,…

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    Stagnation at DisneyQuest

    New President at Walt Disney World George Kalogridis, currently in charge of Disneyland, will move to take the top spot at Walt Disney World on February 1. Michael Colglazier, currently the vice-president in charge of…

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    Giggle Gang and Wowzer

    A bit more than a week ago, clowns invaded Storybook Circus at the Magic Kingdom. My wife hates clowns with a passion. I’ve always been cautiously indifferent about them. There’s something creepy about them on…

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    Airing of Grievances – Disney World Scorecard

    A faux holiday famously invented for the Seinfeld TV show, Festivus includes a bare aluminum pole in place of a Christmas tree, a Feat of Strength wrestling match, and an Airing of Grievances at which…

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    Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow – Virtually Yours

    Lost in the deafening roar of this past week’s Disney press event junkets (which celebrated Test Track with a visit by band One Republic and New Fantasyland with a visit by a nighttime dragon flapping…

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    Test Track Rebooted at Epcot

    Color me impressed. The new Test Track is no mere reboot from a tired industrial setting to a multi-hued digital world that would look right at home in the movie Tron, a concept that struck…

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    What’s New In The Amusement Industry – IAAPA 2012

    From the trade show IAAPA to SeaWorld Christmas and Antarctica updates, there’s a lot to talk about. Do note this post was delayed a bit due to the holiday. We’ll get back to Disney updates…

  • ICE, Snow and more in Orlando

    Orlando ICE, Snow and more…

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Decorations are going up around the various parks, and they are also fully in place at Downtown Disney already. At the Magic Kingdom, the upcharge Very Merry…

  • Try the grey stuff...

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    Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest Restaurant – Photos and Reviews

    Be Our Guest… and the Iger Sanction Fantasyland is in full-time previews now: passholders, DVC, cast members, D23–pretty much every slice of the population. In general I like this approach, but I wish they had…

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    Pop Century Review

    I’ve admitted previously online that my visits to official Disney hotels have been international in character until now. I’ve spent nights in Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland hotels, but none at Walt Disney World (I…

  • Mermaids and Bears

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    Mermaids and Bears at Disney World

    Mermaids and Bears, oh my! Last week, Disney World quietly unveiled two quiet new changes in the Magic Kingdom, The Country Bear Jamboree reopened after a several-week refurbishment, and Pirates of the Caribbean debuted a new…

  • Who is that guy?

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    New Fantasyland: What to expect… and then ask about

    Starting last Friday, all of new Fantasyland began operating during a soft opening phase, which this time they are calling a “dress rehearsal.” Except for the unfinished Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster, the land is fully…

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    Disney World’s Storybook Circus: Souvenirs and a Sideshow

    The final elements of the Storybook Circus portion of the new Fantasyland project at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park were opened late last week, and the results are mostly delightful. With Pete’s Silly Sideshow,…

  • EPCOT's 30th

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    D23’s Epcot’s 30th Celebration

    On Sunday, September 30th, the official Disney fan club, D23 posted in early celebration for Epcot’s 30th anniversary (which was on Monday, October 1). Unlike the October 1 celebrations, which were free and open to…

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    Disney Animation’s Wreck It Ralph Display

    The pace of change here in Orlando is fast enough that sometimes I do not see new attractions or experiences for a few weeks, even several weeks, after they’ve been opened. That goes double for…

  • Mermaid Resort

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    Little Mermaid Wing of Art of Animation

    This past weekend, the fourth and final section of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (DAR) opened up to paying visitors, after a brief preview phase for Cast Members. Themed to Little Mermaid, this last wing…