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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).
The wilderness must be explored! -- Russell, PIXAR's Up Disney's Animal Kingdom has a new game, open since early June, thus joining Magic Kingdom's two games and Epcot's cell phone based game (hmm, will DHS get one? Will it be...
It was a big weekend for Universal fans, as they opened not one but two new areas in their Orlando park. Both are high-level experiences and welcome additions to the lineup. Transformers faithfully reproduces its cousin from the Hollywood...
SeaWorld Orlando premiered a new attraction this weekend in the form of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. It's very much a lush Disney-style production with high-end design values and the big budget for theming. Some of the reaction online has...
Star Wars Weekends are back, and the event feels much like it always does. There has been no major shake-up to the roster of panels, meets, shows, parades, and merchandise tents. For indeed, nothing is broken, so why bother?...
The new interactive game "A Pirate's Adventure--Treasures of the Seven Seas" has begun testing at the Magic Kingdom. This game is closer to Kim Possible/Agent P than Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, since the latter relies on screens and...
Disney World got another one of its Limited Time Magic events correct this past weekend. On the surface of things, much of the celebration of May 4th — the so-called Star Wars day — was crassly commercial and opportunistic....
Apparently, about a month ago the "escape tunnel" from Fort Langhorn, in the Magic Kindom's Tom Sawyer Island, was unceremoniously closed. I couldn't get any confirmation from the front line Cast Members (who may indeed have not known anything)...
The upcoming game, A Pirate's Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas, will soon debut in Adventureland. I will provide several photos here of the game stations now installed in the park, though the game isn't yet running. Disney has a...
Orlando is hopping with action.  Disney World is in the middle of adding a huge family coaster to their ongoing Fantasyland expansion.  While at the same time, Universal is firing on all cylinders in both parks.  Here we review...
Kevin Yee is on a roll today. He takes us from Animal Kingdom to Epcot and beyond. He's got an eagle's eye on what's going on at the Walt Disney World Resort and he's worried about the loss of...
It's been several years since I last saw the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness. In the intervening years, there was a copyright battle involving the show’s trademark song, with the outcome that Disney can...
For a while there, I completely forgot about Limited Time Magic. This was mostly due to Disney not offering much at Disney World in recent weeks. Not to mention that the program was never particularly impressive even at its...
Since I live in Orlando, I usually only see area theme park hotels as a drop-in visitor, not a regular Guest. There's no reason for me to incur the expense of staying overnight. I've lived out of town and...
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is back again this year, just in time for spring-like conditions. Except this year they've shaken up the status quo, tried new things, spent a bunch of money, and essentially re-invented the...
Online reception to Disney's NextGen initiative, called MyMagic+, has been far short of what one could charitably call lukewarm. In fact, the more appropriate term is, probably, outright hatred. I've done my share of moaning about the wretched possibilities...
The department at Walt Disney World charged with decorating and props for special events, park promotions, press events, conventions, and anything in Orlando of a TEMPORARY nature is called Park Event Operations (PEO). They are located several miles off-property,...
This weekend I had a chance to see the new playground installed for the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Themed to the upcoming Wizard of Oz movie, it was a more intricate and multilayered experience than I expected,...
 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 chronicling those changes with an eye...
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 often be seen only...
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 that it can choose...