Book Review: “Walt Disney World Hidden History” by Kevin Yee

Recently we were asked to review Kevin Yee’s book “Walt Disney World Hidden History” the second edition.  I have to say from the moment I received this book, I started to thumb my way through it and started reading as certain pictures caught my attention.  I then decided to read it properly and turned to the beginning.  I couldn’t put the book down and finished it very fast.  The book is filled with lots of different tributes that you can find from around the parks in Walt Disney World to the men and women who brought us the magic.  Also, he shows the different things throughout the various parks that pay homage to the rides of yesteryear.


The Author, Kevin Yee worked at Disneyland for 15 years in a variety of different roles.  Since 1997, he has been able to write regularly about Disney’s theme parks on different web sties, magazines and blogs.  To his credit, he has published numerous books about the Disney theme parks all over the world.  Kevin still visits Walt Disney World often with his family as he makes his home in Central Florida.

On to “Walt Disney World Hidden History”. The book is very well organized, to the point you could use it as a guide map in the parks.  I found myself mentally setting my path to be able to see some of the tributes throughout the parks.  I think it’s amazing how much detail the Imagineers put into everything and how unless authors like Kevin point it out, there are many fans who may never even know these things exist.  Having known some little things to look for in the parks before I thought, “I know my stuff.”  After reading this book I realized that I didn’t know as much as I thought. I learned so much more!

Once you’re done with this awesome book, you will more than likely find yourself walking through the park, trying to find more tributes.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to learn the history of Disney and why things were done the way they were.  You can order the book from Amazon by going to this link:

There is a bonus chapter in the book, it’s History at Universal Studios Florida.  I enjoyed this section because I found it interesting to see that the Engineers and Designers of Universal Studios also put these little tributes in their designs.

At the link on Amazon, you will see Kevin’s other publications which maybe of interest to you as well.  I admit, after reading this book I’m going to be checking out his other writings.

I would like to thank Kevin for allowing us to read his book and also thank him for taking the time to put this together.  A book like this must have taken a lot of time and I think he’s done a terrific job presenting all the information. “Wald Disney World Hidden History” is worth checking out, you’ll be glad you did!


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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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