THE COMMUNITY REPORT: WALT DISNEY WORLD HIDDEN HISTORY

Amanda P. (NDI#76) (20 Posts)

Amanda's experiences with Disney got off to a rocky start at age 4 when she infamously asked her mom in the middle of the Magic Kingdom if she could "go back to the room and color." Her attention span, however, has increased since then, and now she cannot get enough of Disney. She aims to visit Walt Disney World as much as her college budget will allow, and--in between trips--she satisfies her Disney hunger by managing The Disney Driven Life, blogging for Disney College Blog and tweeting from her @discollegeblog account. She strives to live the Disney Driven Life every day, so she can be the best Neurotic Disney Individual she can be.


Many Neurotic Disney people enjoy reading books about various Disney topics, but did you know that some people in our community also enjoy writing them?  Kevin Yee is an author and blogger, he is our very own NDD #198, and he has written a new book called Walt Disney World Hidden History.

This book exposes 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. 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 uncovers so many tributes and homages, you’ll forever see the Disney parks in a whole new light.  Everyone has their favorite rides that no longer exist, but do you know where you can find homages to them?  You may need to read Kevin’s book to find out!

One lucky reader of the Disney Driven Life can win a free copy of Walt Disney World Hidden History. Simply post a comment to this post and share your favorite tribute in the parks (or, if you don’t know of any, just reminisce about the now-removed ride you miss the most).  A random number generator will pick the winner.  And if you’d like to buy Kevin’s book yourself, it is available at Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle formats!

Contributed by: Amanda P. (NDI #76). Amanda is our Community Reporter and creator of the Disney College Blog.

Amanda P. (NDI#76)

Amanda's experiences with Disney got off to a rocky start at age 4 when she infamously asked her mom in the middle of the Magic Kingdom if she could "go back to the room and color." Her attention span, however, has increased since then, and now she cannot get enough of Disney. She aims to visit Walt Disney World as much as her college budget will allow, and--in between trips--she satisfies her Disney hunger by managing The Disney Driven Life, blogging for Disney College Blog and tweeting from her @discollegeblog account. She strives to live the Disney Driven Life every day, so she can be the best Neurotic Disney Individual she can be.

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