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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Ultimate Orlando; 1 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977375811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977375813
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kevin Yee worked for 15 years at Disneyland in restaurants and in the Entertainment division, and has spent a quarter of a century as an observer of the Disney theme park industry. He is a well-regarded online columnist and blogger on theme parks.

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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

I absolutely did not find this book boring, but engaging and a quick read.
A reader
Kevin Yee makes an honest effort in this book; I just think that perhaps he's not a very exciting person.
DRay
Kevin's writing style is very enjoyable and his love of Disney shows throughout the narrative.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Finnigan on July 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
I worked for Disneyland for 3 years in 1994, 1995, & 1996, right in the same timeframe as Mr. Yee here, but I'm horribly disappointed in his book.
When your halfway thru a book about DL of all things, and you catch yourself saying "well I hope it picks up in the 2nd half," you know you're in trouble. And for having worked at DL for over 10 years, I was aghast at Mr. Yee's drought of amusing ancedotes, personal observation, or heartfelt feeling. Having worked myself in Outdoor Vending for a mere 3 years, I could fill one chapter with more entertaining stories than Mr. Yee did in his entire book, but lets talk specifics:

Simply, Mr. Yee doesnt know how to write a memoir. His previous books are recitations of Disneyland fact, and this book reads exactly the same. For example, he waxes long and obsessively about procedures: procedures for changing costume, procedures for turning in money, procedures for checking in, etc etc etc. This stuff is not entertaining or amusing even when you're THERE, let alone as a non-DL employee. There are no punchlines to these procedures, no amusing asides, no "and then there was this ONE day..." nothing but flat delivery of bare fact, reduced to its most flavorless recitation of events. My man, thats not a memoir, its a Tech Manual. Such information would be helpful in the hand of a new hire, and I might encourage DL to distribute new copies of this book to its new hires for exactly that purpose. But for capturing Disneyland magic- its all dead on arrival.

Mr Yee's editing style depends on a lot on bare fact.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2008
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Mousetrap is definitely an informative tale. The problem is it just isn't a very exciting one. It's not the authors fault entirely. He wasn't a captain of The Jungle Cruise or a driver of The Monorail. Just a manager and crew member at a New Orleans Square restaurant for most of his DL stay, so most of his writing is on his experience there. He writes in details about his experience becoming a Disneyland "Cast member" and all the classes, policies, procedures, and day to day operations at the park we don't get to see. This is all well and good but by the time I was half way through this book I felt exhausted and, sadly, bored. A detailed explanation of every backstage area of the park, no matter how boring or mundane it was? Spending page after page after page talking about uniform and locker procedures? It was a chore to read, and there just weren't enough interesting facts or new information about the behind the scenes workings of DL to keep me that interested. I'd recommend it for hardcore DL fans only. Interesting idea for a book but too many facts drag it down and make it lose the Disney magic.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By DRay on August 17, 2008
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It actually pains me to actually write a bad review on this item because Yee is so enthusiastic about telling his story. However, I actually felt cheated out of three days of my life, that I spent reading this book.(I continued reading it out of sheer morbid curiousity) I have Yee's other two books and found them to be very entertaining and informative. I expected more of the same. I was looking very forward to this book and actually pre-purchased it. Kevin Yee makes an honest effort in this book; I just think that perhaps he's not a very exciting person. He was a lead in a New Orleans Square restaurant. The book is centered on his microcosm of Disneyland. I'm not sure there could be a more boring area of Disneyland to chronicle than the restaurant division. The book describes mundane details of the behind the scenes areas, none of which is exciting. (I don't really care how you go about exchanging pants at the costuming counter.) Yee also uses so many codes and acronyms, that I felt I needed a decoder ring. I expected hidden secrets of Disneyland, or maybe some behind the scenes dirt. (Something like the book Mouse Tales. Which is a worthwhile purchase) What I got was to see what Kevin Yee's timecard looks like, and what a performance review looks like. Yee actually kept all of these items and pictures them in his book. (kind of weird) This is more Yee's auto-bore-ography than it is about Disneyland. It was a huge disappointment. In the final chapter of the book, Yee even states "There are thousands of CMs and former CMs that have more interesting anecdotes than I do, and I hope this book inspires them to record their stories as well." It's almost as if Yee knows that the book is terrible and this is his way of apologizing. I wouldn't waste my time with this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Nash on January 29, 2009
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I had high hopes for this best since Kevin Yee's posts on the MiceAge Disney blog are well informative and well written. This book falls way short, there are hundreds of better Disney books and his "inside" view is a collection of very dull stories about his friends and co-workers in the park. At no point did I laugh while reading this book or learn anything that I did not already know about Disneyland.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amy on October 11, 2008
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The book was very boring. It is a almost day by day story of this persons job at Disneyland. After he describes every thing in WAY TOO much detail, the actual story about the place he described is boring.I would not recommend this book for anyone that wants a interesting read. Also the writing was terrible.
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