Disney after Dark (Kingdom Keepers Series #1)

Disney after Dark (Kingdom Keepers Series #1)

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by Ridley Pearson
     
 

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In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park "guides" find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI--which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram

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In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park "guides" find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. 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. Includes a preview chapter from Kingdom Keepers II - Disney at Dawn!

Editorial Reviews

In this fantastical novel, Disney's Magic Kingdom suddenly becomes a bit eerie. Finn Whitman and four other teens have been hired as Disney World guides, but with an odd twist: With cutting-edge technology, they have been transformed into hologram projections capable of leading guests around the park. What begins as an exciting theme park job turns into a virtual nightmare as Whit and his pals attempt to thwart an uprising by a menacing group of Disney villains.
Publishers Weekly
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). Ages 10-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
This book is about a group of kids picked to be DHI's (Disney Host Interactives). Everything is normal until they start having weird dreams that aren't really dreams at all. I liked the book because it has an in-depth story line and imagination. It is written in a way that had me thinking that I was there, watching what was going on. I think people who are into fantasy with a little bit of sci-fi will enjoy this book. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Hyperion, 325p., Ages 11 to 18.
—William Jeys, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Thirteen-year-old Finn and several of his friends become holograms at Florida's Disney World and then find themselves literally pulled into nighttime adventures in the theme park. Ridley Pearson's fantasy (Disney Editions, 2005) 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.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When Finn is selected as the model for a holographic guide in the Magic Kingdom, he never imagines it will pit him against the evil forces plotting to destroy Disney World. Along with the four other teens who act as Disney's holographic hosts, Finn appears in the Magic Kingdom in his dreams. There, an old Disney Imagineer tells the five they have been specially selected to save Disney World. The evil forces of the Overtakers-Disney's villains, led by the witch Maleficent of Sleeping Beauty-are coming to life to destroy first the Magic Kingdom, and then the world. Luckily, Walt Disney wrote a riddle long ago that can be solved to defeat the Overtakers. As they study the puzzle, the heroes battle witchcraft and living animatronics in the theme park's after-hours. Though the adventure makes cunning use of Disney's mythos-a scene in which the "It's a Small World" dolls attack the adventurers while singing their famous song is chilling-flat characters and an anticlimactic finale detract from the cleverness. (Fantasy. 11-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423141129
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
11/29/2010
Series:
Kingdom Keepers Series , #1
Sold by:
DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
18,213
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than a dozen books, including Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far); The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog; Dave Barry's Money Secrets; and Big Trouble. Along with Ridley Pearson, he is the co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Escape from the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, and Blood Tide.

Ridley Pearson, in addition to the Peter and the Starcatchers series with Dave Barry, is the award-winning author of The Kingdom Keepers-Disney After Dark, The Kingdom Keepers-Disney At Dawn, and Steel Trapp. He has also written more than twenty best-selling crime novels, including Killer View and Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
March 13, 1953
Place of Birth:
Glen Cove, New York
Education:
Kansas University, B.A., Brown University
Website:
http://www.ridleypearson.com/

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Disney after Dark (Kingdom Keepers Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 1016 reviews.
Twilightgirl1609 More than 1 year ago
I read this book last summer and absolutely loved it. I found it very creative and interesting and also funny. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and adventure
Launch97 More than 1 year ago
Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark is full of everything that is Disney - the rides, the atmosphere, the adventure, the imagination, and the magic. The first book in the ongoing series introduces readers to the Kingdom Keepers, five ordinary kids in Orlando, each with a talent to add to their team. The book follows Finn and the others around likely the most famous of any Disney parks, the Magic Kingdom. They face pirates, dinosaurs, witches, parents, school, and much more in their adventure to stop what the Disney Imagineers call the Overtakers. There's never a dull moment with this book. It is guaranteed to keep you reading all day and night as it takes you on one of the wildest rides through Disney imaginable.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Five young teens living in Florida get the opportunity of a lifetime--they're each going to be turned into a DHI, or a Disney Host Interactive, to guide visitors throughout the park. The five teens--Finn, Charlene, Willa, Philby, and Maybeck--are a varied assortment of ethnicities, and all attend different schools. As Maybeck states, they're "the Orlando assortment pack." When Philby points out that DHI also stands for Daylight Hologram Imaging, the kids get a little worried that maybe the people at Disney aren't telling them everything there is to know. And that turns out to be quite an understatement.

One night when Finn falls asleep, he finds himself in the park after closing-- in his DHI, or hologram, body. He meets an old man named Wayne, one of the original Disney Imagineers, who informs Finn that he and his other four DHI friends have been chosen for a mission. A mission to save the park from the Overtakers, a group of once-benign Park characters who have taken on power and are intent on spreading their power outside of the borders of Disney World.

What at first seems like a fantastical dream soon turns to reality, when the attractions at the Park begin coming to life when the DHIs cross over into the Magic Kingdom while sleeping. They're attacked by animatronic pirates from The Pirates of the Caribbean, the dolls from It's a Small World try to capsize their boat, a dinosaur fossil from the Thunder Mountain ride comes to life and starts chasing them. And then there's Maleficent, the witch from Sleeping Beauty, who appears to be all too real--and determined to stop the kids from solving The Stonecutter's Quill, the fable that Walt Disney passed along to save the Park from the Overtakers.

THE KINGDOM KEEPERS is definitely an imaginative read, full of action, adventure, and suspense. For anyone who has ever visited the Magic Kingdom, you'll recognize the settings immediately. Even if you're not a frequent visitor of Disney World, this is one book that will bring the magic--both good and bad--to very realistic life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a disney lover like me you'll love this book! After reading the whole series it left me speechless and got me thinking more deeply about disney!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!!!!! I am practically dying to read the second one. I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!! I am a bookworm, and have read a ton of books, and this book is one of my absolute favorites. And hey, whoever said this book was boring, BACK OFF. This series rocks. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ridley Pearson has written a fantastic book about what happens at Disney after the park closes. This is a fantastic book to read for fun or whenever you need a moment to get away from the stress of life. Disney fans will especially love this book as Pearson takes you from place to place inside the Magic Kingdom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i definatley recomend getting this book. although, it is only good if you are a fan of mystery books, problem solving, and you are a fan of disney. and i am. it is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! 10 stars!!!!!! click yes if u agree :)
Balina More than 1 year ago
That was great. I enjoyed every minute reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is two hundred some pages. You should definetly get it. I thought it would be babyish, but its not!!! It was a great adventure, and brought back memories of disney films from when i was a kid!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. I m twelve and i started readimg it in fourth grade! Now i m in sixth and i luv the series! I just got book five!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We couldn't believe it when we heard there was a book about the Magic Kingdom. My daughter loves Disney and read the book right before we went on a trip to Disney World, I read it too and we spent a lot of our trip talking about chapters in the book when we were on rides that were mentioned in the book. We couldn't wait for the next book to come out. The book besides being interesting and exciting makes you feel like you get to see behind the scenes parts of Disney even though you are just reading about them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. You will get sucked into it like it is a black hole. It should get all the awards posible to get.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a couple weeks before going to Disney and when i got there I couldn't help but try and find everywhere the Keepers had been. This was an awesome book and it's turning into my new favorite series!
Angie Ways More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome, but with every book, the quality goes down. If I could give 10 stars, I would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Kindom Keepers by Ridley Pearson is packed with adventure, fatsy, and excirement! For me it feels as if you are a charecter in the book following along with the othe charecters as they fight, battle, and discover. For me, I can relate myself to a lot of the charecterz! And I'm sure yoy can too because of each charecters personilized charecter. This book is wonderful, and no I am dying to read to whole entire rest of this series! So i strongly recomend this book to you for thrre reasons-the adventure, fantsy, and excitment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing if you like diseny and likes adventure this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book! I recommend this book to anyone disney fan or not! I felt like i was there. This is so worth your money! :) Im a big Disney fan and this book was perfect for me. When i was little and i still do wonder what happened to disney parks after dark and this is a great tale of what happens!! This book is fantastic! I hope this helped you :) -Bianca
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only 3%through the book & it is good already.I would totally recomened this to anybody who LOVES Disney!!!!!!!!Just like me I crave disney!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love disney and i love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson is a good creative story about Disney World that opens your eye to a new world. I would recommend this to people who love adventure and having an imagination. This story will make you realize everything is not what it seems. This story is about 5 kids, the main one being a boy named Finn. The five friends become DHI¿s at Disney. That means they become interactive holograms. Every night when the five friends fall asleep they cross over to Disney World, they are actually there, but they are also in a dream. They encounter evil pirates and villains. The Kingdom Keepers was a very mysterious story. It kept me wanting to read more throughout the story. The very beginning started off slow and it took a few chapters to grasp my interest. I really enjoyed the story although some of the details were confusing. In conclusion, Kingdom Keepers was a very interesting book. After you read this you will fall in love with Ridley Pearson. If you like animated thing this story is for you. Overall, it is a great story. It is mind bottling and makes you think twice about things. I gave this 4 out of 5 starts because even though it was enjoyable, some things were left unsaid and confusing. The Kingdom Keepers, what a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lovd this book. Im reading it again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this. I think it would be an awesome movie. Even though the books are always better than the movies. Violinwoman123
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter Grace suffered 88 brain surgeries from a chronic condition and begged her older sister for this book when in store. Her sister thought maybe she would become frustrated by such a long book and maybe set her back some. She came home and I thought about it and decided to order it...a month later she is still working on it HOWEVER it is SO good! It is holding her attention, she LOVES it...her tutor loves it and they are now doing a little book club over it! Grace is even using it for reading comprehension! She loves the characters and can't wait to get to book two! FINALLY something that is helping her all around and helping her with short term memory! GOOD BUY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its ok. I didn't mean to buy. I was looking at books on my nook when i ( its very easy to buy books on you nook if you use the nook shop) hit the buy now button i didn't mean to. It ended up bing like 4.99 or something so i read it. Luckly my mom was not mad at me. The first book was good but then i got the 2nd not as good i read like 5 pages and quit reading it. It gets boring after awhile. So yeah. Get it if you want. I didn't like so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dolls were really creepy!