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Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark (2005)

by Ridley Pearson

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Series: Kingdom Keepers (1)

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Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI - which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging - Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming? Finn's confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney's beloved realm, and maybe more. This gripping high-tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt Disney World after hours and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed.… (more)
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    Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn by Ridley Pearson (disney42)
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    Hidden Mickeys, 2nd Edition : 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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    Witch and Wombat by Carolyn Cushman (SunnySD)
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I have been to Disney World twice and reading this made me imagine being back there again.
It's an imaginative story, the characters come to life, our favourite ones from Disney.
The characters were the weak point of the story, very underdeveloped.
I actually got this book in Florida during one of my trips. ( )
  crazynerd | Mar 30, 2022 |
This book does not deserve the paper it was written on. When middle school kids complain that they do not like to read, or that books are too hard to read, I wouldn't blame them if they were talking about this book.

As a brief illustration of how stupid this book was, behold this magnificent passage:
"Her hair was the color of laundry lint. Her eyelashes were so pale they were almost invisible, which left her eyelids looking like weird flesh-colored cups that blinked down over her eyes like a bird's."

"Like a bird's"? Like a bird's what? Like a bird's... flesh-colored cups? How did this line make it past an editor? Also, lint can be purple. It can be red. It can be green or pink or blue. Lint comes in every glorious shade of the rainbow. What then, pray tell, was the color of her hair?

All in all, this book stinks. If you are in middle school, I beg of you, read the Penderwicks or the Melendy books or something that will not discourage you from reading forever. ( )
  Samantha_Quick | Jul 15, 2021 |
Finn, along with a group of four other teenagers, is the basis for one of Disney's new hologram tour guides, with his image serving to host and direct visitors throughout the park. However, in a weird sort of dream he learns that there is great danger facing the park against which he and the other hosts need to fight. The group then goes on nighttime adventures throughout the Magic Kingdom, trying to win back control over the Kingdom from the evil characters trying to take it over.

This book was a fun, quick read. The story was definitely creative, and I enjoyed the Disney setting. Though I didn't think they meshed especially well with the rest of the story, I also did enjoy the parts involving Virtual Magic Kingdom, as that definitely reminded me of my childhood. The book very clearly targeted a younger audience, and that definitely showed, I think, in how parts of the book were (or weren't, as the case may be) fleshed out; and even though this book obviously has fantastical elements, it sometimes pushed suspension of disbelief a little to far. I may well pick up another book from this series for a light read sometime. ( )
  forsanolim | Jun 12, 2020 |
I read this because one of my 6th graders kept telling me how good it was. It came out in 2005, and I’m sure it’s not a coincidence that Gail Carson Levine’s [book: Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg] came out that same year. It seems that Disney paid a lot of money to talented writers to flesh out bad storylines involving classic Disney characters. (Although, I adore David Christiana’s illustrations in the latter.) This book has a lot of good elements- a mismatched group of kids who have to overcome their differences to save the world (including one who is treasonous), three-dimensional holographs that enable the kids to enter a parallel, sinister world, and roller coasters. Unfortunately, the story just doesn’t hang together well. Aside from the main character and the one who defects to the dark side, the kids are pretty much interchangeable. One of the more annoying plot contrivances is the man who seems to know what the kids need to do to save Disneyland from the villains, but insists that the kids have to find out for themselves. It’s never really clear why he can’t solve the problem himself. ( )
  amandabock | Dec 10, 2019 |
Really fun book about disney ( )
  KirstenHillig | Nov 13, 2019 |
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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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Pearson, RidleyAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Elwell, TristanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Littman, GaryReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI - which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging - Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming? Finn's confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney's beloved realm, and maybe more. This gripping high-tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt Disney World after hours and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed.

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