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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanted Swampland (September 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984844511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984844517
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kevin Yee worked for 15 years at Disneyland in a variety of roles (restaurant lower management, entertainment) and has written regularly about Disney theme parks since 1997 on Web sites, magazine articles, and blogs. He lives in Orlando, where he visits the Disney parks twice a week with his family.

Customer Reviews

So the entire book seems disjointed, not really telling any kind of story.
Amazon Customer
As a fan of Epcot (and not always a fan of Kevin Yee's works) I highly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
DJ
Great narrative and hundreds of amazing photos from over the years that EPCOT's been around.
Ms. Hoh

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By DJ on September 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
I don't normally write reviews, but I feel that I must post a rebuttal to the review that denigrates the book as being merely "fan" photos. The authors never make any claim to being professional photographers and the photographs reflect that. These are photos from their personal collections done over 30 years of enjoying and experiencing EPCOT Center and Epcot. Yes, this is a fan's retrospective of Epcot and a very good one at that.

As for the claim for the text being ripped straight from the Internet... prove it. I highly doubt two well-respected authors (as they are) would stoop to such lows.

As a fan of Epcot (and not always a fan of Kevin Yee's works) I highly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cory Curtis Borden on September 25, 2012
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Another excellent Walt Disney World book from Jeff Lange and Kevin Yee!! Great pictures and stories from the first thirty years of EPCOT. Remembering the original EPCOT brought back great memories. A must buy for any Walt Disney World fan!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill M. on September 22, 2012
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A book on the last 30 years of EPCOT, for the fans FROM two fans. Both authors know exactly what they are talking about and have incredible amounts of knowledge at their disposal, knowing from past books that I have read from both. Even if you know everything about the park, the book is still a nostalgic run-through and a great reminder about how much the park has evolved over the last 30 years. Great Read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luis Maiorano on April 8, 2013
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The book is fine, but do not have much new information to anyone who is a fan of this park.
It recognizes the work of gathering images and love the author has for EPCOT.
There's something I can not pass, on one of the pages Walt Disney is quoted with the following statement: If you can dream it, you can do it ... he never said this quote, was Tom Fitzgerald, sorry, but I could not pass this error.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mac_R_tst on October 18, 2012
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The good-the book is FULL of great pictures and information regarding EPCOT's history.

The bad-It looks like it was just thrown together. The layout is VERY basic and no design went into creating it.
(I may be a little bias because I am a graphic designer by trade though)

I would still recommend this book to anyone who is into Disney's/EPCOT's history.
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[Kindle edition review] I was very disappointed in this book. I had high expectations to see a great walkthrough of the history of the park and its many attractions. But this book barely has any of that, It barely counts as a retrospective. I've seen online photo galleries with deeper content.
My main issues:
- Hardly any work was done formatting it for the Kindle. Instead of matching the captions to the pictures, the author just decided to throw all of the pictures at the end with no context or discussion. But the author did not change the text to reflect this. So we have short, broken up passages that discuss specific images and scenes with no context at all.
- Major sections of rides are barely discussed. In addition, the history of the rides (what I really came for) - their building, design teams behind them, early concepts, etc. - stuff usually in retrospectives and histories was almost completely missing. What exists can pretty much be summed up as "Hey remember this? Here are a few things the ride did. It was around for this time period before it changed. Here are a few pics."

Granted my expectations may have been too high. this is "unauthorized". but I expected at least a minimum amount of work put into this. Save your money, just look online on wikipedia and online photo galleries. you probably won't find any better info in this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Walt Disney World Facts on October 6, 2012
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Kevin Yee and Jeff Lange did a wonderful job on this book. I have come to expect nothing but the best from these two gentlemen, and they sure hit a home run on this one! 30 years have gone by and so many attractions have come and gone from Epcot. But you seemed to capture parts of attractions I have even forgot. You have so many "Way Back" Photo's it just brings me back 30 years in time. I didn't need a time machine you brought it right to us in this book. You seemed to capture a little bit of everything in Epcot Centers 30 years and for that it makes this book worthy of 5 Stars!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allan Reid on December 13, 2012
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Bought this with considerable anticipation and excitement which,sadly, lasted only a few minutes after seeing the really poor quality photography and many useless photos that are just of signs that existed within the attractions. Very few reasonably good photos and a huge number of unlabeled photos without captions. Even the writing is 2nd rate at best. This was clearly a feeble effort just rushed out to get as much money as possible by Disney fans happy to see anything about the 30th anniversary of Epcot. Serious Disney fans should save their money and enjoy the free online videos that others have noted. Disney will likely eventually put out a superior product in book form that will not disappoint.
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