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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