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Walt Disney World Hidden History: Remnants of Former Attractions and Other Tributes Paperback – November 19, 2010

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"PassPorter's Walt Disney World" by Jennifer Marx and Dave Marx
Disney World can be daunting — simplify the process with this indispensable travel planner "PassPorter's Walt Disney World".

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About the Author

Kevin Yee spent fifteen years working for Disney theme parks. The parks became his hobby, and he has been writing books and online columns about the theme parks since 1999.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Ultimate Orlando Press (November 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983159904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983159902
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,954 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 management, entertainment) and has written regularly about Disney theme parks since 1997 on Web sites, magazine articles, and blogs. He has written over two dozen books about Disney. He lives in Central Florida, and he visits the Disney parks dozens of times per year with his family.

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So you're a Disney fan. You spend way too much time on various Disney sites and blogs and you've got a vast knowledge of all things WDW. Your friends think you're a little nuts, but not too nuts to solicit advice from regarding their upcoming trip. You know all the details, right? The Nautilus carved on Pooh's tree, Mr. Toad handing over the deed; that stuff is just the beginning. No matter how many times you've been to WDW and how many secrets you know, you are guaranteed to learn something from this book. The simplest of details are not left to chance. Every date on a seemingly random box has a meaning and even the names of merchandise carts or food stands tells a story.

The book is presented in an encyclopedia like format with a pretty comprehensive index. Does the name Bwana Bob's have any sort of meaning? Check it out in the index and find your answer. However, the book is actually readable too. Beginning at the TTC ticket booth the details flow like you are 'reading up Main St.' and then around the Magic Kingdom. The same applies to the other parks as well. As you read you'll be making a mental note of hidden details to check out on your next visit.

This is a nice book for any Disney fan. You're guaranteed to learn something. Casual fans will be amazed to know just how much effort is put into detailed theming while Disney veterans who thought they knew it all will be surprised at just how deep Disney goes to honor the past and ensure nothing is left to chance.
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The information presented in this book is very fun for everyone who goes to Walt Disney World but never really stopped to notice the details. However the pictures which are fundamental to complement the trivia, are small and of terrible quality, similar to bad xerox.
This book could be a lot better if the printing of the images were of a better quality and in color.

It's an ok purchase for those planning a first trip to Disney to keep an eye for the things mentioned. Not recommended if you already know your Disney trivia though.
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About the Author
Kevin Yee, a former Disneyland castmember, is an author and Disney Theme Park Historian. He publishes the Ultimate Orlando blog and is a columnist at MiceAge. He is one of the most prolific theme park-related authors with over 10 titles, including: Mouse Trap: Memoir of a Disneyland Cast Member and the 101 Things You Never Knew About... series.

The Review
Yee know his Walt Disney World details. The book has over 200 pages dedicated to the trivia, minutia, history and details of the theme parks and resort area. Sometimes, I think a review should be as simple as "This is a fun read and you will enjoy it." In this case, that is true, but I should qualify the review with more than that.

Do you know where the last two ticket booths in the Magic Kingdom are?

The book is presented park-by-park and area-by-area. We start at the Magic Kingdom Entrance Plaza and find ourselves strolling under the train station and down Main St. USA. Yee points out the details that honor the builders of Walt Disney World and the little details that make the magic even more arresting. From there, Yee takes us on a journey through each land, reminding us why we love the parks so much.

Have you seen the not-to-subtle nod to the World of Motion in the Test Track queue?

The presentation is fairly simple and is geared towards a blog-reading audience. This is not a slight towards Yee; it was very insightful to present the information in small chunks that the reader can enjoy. This is a book that you can skip around or read land-by-land. It would be ideal to read on your flight to Orlando or to read in the hotel the night before you head to a specific park.
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Overall, this is a great book. The information is really interesting and even though I am a die hard Disney fan, a lot of it was new to me. My 2 complaints are that there is only 1 fact per page, even if the information only takes up a quarter of the page. So there is a lot of dead space throughout the book. And also, the photos are in black and white and sometimes are grainy and hard to see. The information itself though is great.
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As a fan of Kevin's previous releases and a big Disney Parks fan I was truly looking forward to this release. While the content is great as always, the layout of the book left a bit to be desired. Not at all upset about the pictures not being in color but more disappointed with the way individual pages were laid out. Way too much white unused space which made it look very amateur this time around, almost as if it were thrown together. I have to believe that just a slighly larger font would have helped the overall flow of the books look dramatically.
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Kevin Yee has applied his specific expertise towards Walt Disney World trivia in this book, and I guarantee you that there is new information in here for even the most hardened Mousegeek. This is a solid buy, the perfect gift for someone who loves Disney.
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I am heading to WDW soon, for the first time in 17 years. As a history buff, books like this interst me. I love finding hidden facts, little gems, and knowing the history behind the parks.

I received the book today, and I am close to 65 pages in. I am finding the overal facts to be great, but the presentation is very dry, and has a monotone quality to the writting. There is no pesonal narrative to be found, simply facts stated.

The photos could be larger, and in color. In some photos, I can. Ot even make out what I am supposed to be looking at, much less be able to know what to look for once I am at the park.

I am enjoying the facts, but there is no flair, no fun, no personalization. It reads more like a list than a book. Based on this one, I personally won't bother with any of the authors other works.
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