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Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark (original 2005; edition 2009)

by Ridley Pearson, Tristan Elwell (Illustrator)

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Title:Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark
Authors:Ridley Pearson
Other authors:Tristan Elwell (Illustrator)
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2009), Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:2013 Archive
Tags:Tweens, Teens, Fantasy, Adventure, Audrey Rauter, 2013

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The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson (2005)

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    Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn by Ridley Pearson (disney42)
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    Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets by Steven M. Barrett (KingdomKeeperCM)
    KingdomKeeperCM: If you enjoyed solving the clues in KK, you will love Hidden Mickeys! Ever heard of Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secret? The Imagineers hid Disney icons in the Parks, on everything from pats of butter to original statues of Characters. Now Steven M. Barrett brings you a guide to find these wonderful icons! What's more- you can turn these guides into contests if you are in a long waiting queue (pretty soon, nobody will need Fastpasses because of these books)!… (more)
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I would have adored this book as a kid. A group of kids find themselves in the Magic Kingdom at night, and they have to battle creatures from the park rides, led by villains from Disney movies. As an adult I was somewhat less enchanted, but that's okay. I'll still be looking at the park in a new light when I visit in a couple months. ( )
  melydia | Oct 23, 2015 |
The Kingdom Keepers is a sorry excuse for a novel. This novel was so bad that it offended me, and I am offended by very little. It’s really not a novel but a pathetic advertisement for the Walt Disney Company. I can’t even count how many times the author broke off from the story to give a soliloquy about the greatness of Disney, or going in depth about this product or that product of theirs. I can only assume that the company paid this writer to write this series of novels. In this story, a group of teens have to go into the Magic Kingdom and fight off the evil Disney characters. Some of the characters in the novel attack the heroes while others help fight off the baddies. It’s so bad, it’s not even worth going into the plot. Suffice it to say, save yourself from having to read this book. It’s simply not worth it.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Aug 27, 2015 |
  mrsforrest | Nov 17, 2014 |
"Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark" was a great book. In the story, five middle school students became a part of a new program that was promoted for the Disney parks. This program was called, "DHI" for, "Daylight Hologram Imaging" and in this program, the five kids, Finn, Charlene, Maybeck, Philby, and Willa were guides of the park and told the visitors all about the park, and Walt Disney. Although the job was a dream come true, there were secrets that were revealed through out the story. The biggest secret that was revealed was that after hours, the villains were in a group called " The Overtakers" and they were attempting to take over the park. Throughout the story, Ridley Pearson tells the story of how Finn and his friends battle against the Overtakers and their leader, Maleficent. I enjoyed reading this book because the author tells the story of this magic happening at he Disney parks in a way that definitely made myself as a reader believe in the magic that took place. This made me enjoy the book because on a personal example, I have been going to Disney World for approximately 8 years and this book has made my view on the park completely different. I recommend this book to anyone who has a love for Disney, mystery, action, and even magic.This book has a spellbinding plot that will have readers unable to put their book down. ( )
  Habe2014 | Oct 17, 2014 |
The Kingdom Keepers is a really fun concept. Many park goers try to imagine what happens in the park when it closes. In KK we get to find out- Everything comes alive! There are a group of young teens, who are holographic tour guides in the park, but when they go to sleep at night, they wake up in the park as their holograms ( more or less). The kids find out that a super evil Disney Villain is trying to take over the park, along with many other characters. While the kids are running away from these untrustworthy fellows they must solve a riddle left by Walt himself in order to save the parks.

Some of the magic elements that take place in the book, felt too jarring to me ( they continue in the latter books) and felt like those pieces of the story don't click. Some of the actions that took place in the end of the book felt like too quick of a wrap up, as a reader we didn't see it coming and it felt more frustrating than fantastic. The things that are done excellently in the book are the behind the scenes elements! The author got to tour the park and tell us what he did get to see, so some of the places we read about are true! The puzzle in the series was also fun to try and solve with the kids, but I felt some of the solutions were a little too simple and obvious for more mature readers. It is a book the family could read together. ( )
  DeweyEver | Mar 27, 2014 |
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Ridley Pearson's fantasy is fast paced and technologically savvy. Finn and his friends make repeated forays after hours into the very guts of such Disney icons as Tom Sawyer's Island, It's a Small World, Adventure Mountain, and other rides both tame and wild as they lay siege to Maleficent, an evil witch whose minions are at work to destroy the Disney mystique. The kids hang out at the park looking for signs and signals that will aid them in their nighttime quest for securing Disney power. Their parents are mildly suspicious, but Finn and his pals are fast talkers, willing to face their nighttime nemeses alone, rather than bringing in adult forces. Gary Littman reads with a variety of accents, some of which are less successful than others, and it's easy to differentiate among both kids and adults. Given how much Disney has seeped into the very core of Americana, most listeners will be able to understand the references and will know for whom Maleficent is a foil. While the details about why one would become a hologram for Disney are slighted, the sleuthing aspect of the tale has universal appeal.
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For anyone who has imagined what goes on in Walt Disney World after the gates close to the public, Pearson's (Peter and the Starcatchers) tale and Littman's authentic-sounding narration, in middle-schooler Finn Whitman's voice, offer a suspenseful all-access pass to the Magic Kingdom behind the scenes-filled with action, technology and a tricky (and implausible) riddle. Finn lands a cooler-than-cool opportunity after he becomes a model for a new breed of "holographic hosts" (Disney Host Interactive/Daylight Hologram Imaging) at Disney World. But the experience gets weirder than weird when Finn and the other four DHIs find themselves transported to the park via their nighttime dreams and must save the Magic Kingdom from Disney witches and villains called "Overtakers" by solving a puzzle said to be left behind by Walt himself. Littman reads at a smooth pace, speeding up along with the story's tension. He nails realistic kid-like reactions and dialogue even though listeners might find much of the plot hard to believe (and some of the plugs for Disney a bit over the top).
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This book is dedicated to anyone and everyone who ever wondered what happens when the gates are closed and the lights go out.
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He found himself standing next to the flagpole in Town Square, in the heart of the Magic Kingdom.
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When Disney comes looking for five teenagers to serve as actors for a new technology-Daylight Hologram Images, or DHIs-there is more to it than meets the eye. Strange things have been happening inside the Florida park: parts from one ride are found mysteriously moved to another; in the Fantasmic! show, the dragon unexplainably triumphs over Mickey; little blips in story lines and "offstage" antics by characters trouble managers. Finn Whitman, a middle-schooler, goes to sleep one night and has the dream of a lifetime: he "wakes up" inside Disney World as his DHI character, a glowing hologram. He meets an old man there, Wayne, who claims to be one of the original Imagineers and explains to Finn that he "and your friends" have a mission to save the park from forces that humans can neither see nor hear. Not believing his dream, but not totally discounting it, Finn, back in real life, sets out to find the four other kids who were chosen to be DHIs and in doing so he learns an eerie fact: he is not alone in this "dream." The others have had similar experiences. What if this is for real?

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Thirteen-year-old Finn Whitman and four other young teens have been transformed into holgorams to be guides for visitors to Disney World. When Finn is unexpectedly transported to the Magic Kingdom in his hologram form, Wayne, an Imagineer, tells him that he and the other guides must save the park from the scheming witch Maleficent and the Overtakers.… (more)

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