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Walt Disney World Hidden History: Remnants of Former Attractions and Other Tributes [Paperback]

Kevin Yee
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Book Description

Nov. 1 2010
Everyone can list their favorite former attractions at Walt Disney World. What if you could still have a glimpse of those treasured rides even today? This book will expose the remnants of previous rides and attractions still visible at Walt Disney World, including many elements that were folded into the shows and rides that replaced them. There are also numerous intentional reproductions of parts of former rides, planted as a kind of ultimate inside joke. That's not all. Interwoven with these remnants is a rich tapestry of homages throughout the Walt Disney World parks, there to pay respect to the designers, artists, and engineers who built these magical realms. These references are often hidden in plain sight, and many are given without explanation. This book will uncover so many tributes and homages, you'll forever see the Disney parks in a whole new light. This book is an update of "101 Things You Never Knew About 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read for all Disney Parks fans. July 18 2013
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Although filled with neat information and backstories on attractions, I found myself going online to see pictures of what they were describing. This led to finding the same or more info with relevant photos and videos, making the book seem useless to finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Are you a WDW know-it-all? Dec 7 2010
By bckpack - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great trivia, bad printing. May 5 2011
By NarnianQueen - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Primer for Getting you Walt Disney World Geek On! May 29 2011
By George H. Taylor Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.

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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. Plus, this is a great way to impress your friends and family as you share your new found Walt Disney World knowledge. He also included photographs to help you identify the areas in question. Unfortunately, this is the major negative point of the book because the photos are in black and white. Granted, color photos would have been very cost-prohibitive and not completely necessary.

Did you know there was a scale model of the Gully Whumper Keel Boat somewhere at Fort Wilderness?

Yee also presents a few other goodies in the book. One section is devoted to attraction dates, including all of the former attractions. Another section lists all of the names on the windows on Main St. USA. They are listed by street. The index is broken down by attraction, so you can quickly find your favorite. There is even a small section dedicated to some other place called Universal, or something. Not quite sure what that is.

Where is the reference to Mortimer Mouse at the Disney Hollywood Studios?

Yee presents a work that straddles every Disney level, from the novice to the most veracious and ardent Disney Nerd (yes, nerd with a capital N). No matter how many blogs or books you've read, you are guaranteed to run across something you haven't seen before.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it overall April 23 2011
By Jillian Domings - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong Content, Poor Layout March 8 2011
By S. Kinsey - Published on Amazon.com
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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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