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Posted May 9, 2013
I've been a huge Disney fan since the first time my parents introduced me to Disneyland. My first experience and even my more recent time in the park still possesses that magic I had when I was younger, only know I share a greater appreciation for the dreams of Walt Disney. He set out to create a place where kids and their parents could escape the ordinary world and escape into a world of make believe and this is just what I believe he accomplished.
In the second novel by Jeff Dixon, Unlocking the Kingdom is a fantasy fiction book based on the dreams of Walt Disney turning over the "key to the kingdom" to someone who would see his dreams and attempt to continue to fulfill them within the Magic Kingdom based in Florida. He created a master plan along with three of his most trusted Imagineers to some day find someone suitable to pass along control to managing the park and resort properties. Grayson Hawkes was that man. We learn more about how he came to possess the "key to the kingdom" in his first novel, The Key to the Kingdom, and in this one, the mystery begins to unfold once again.
Grayson Hawkes is still a part time preacher in his local church, Celebration Community Church, but now with time, notoriety and fame have pushed him into the media spotlight. Being a private man with a past he doesn't want to share with the world, he has been able to maintain that level of privacy until the day he meets with Total Access, an investigative television show, whose goal is to find out how a preacher at a local church is now suddenly the control interest in the Magic Kingdom. The one thing Grayson Hawkes didn't plan on was trouble within the park by those that want him to resign and to turn over the key to the kingdom to them. It begins by finding pirate figures from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride now in four different attractions just as the park is open for business. All Grayson can figure out, is someone with access into the park could be the only one responsible for these pranks. But its about to get personal when Grayson is confronted and attacked in the Hall of Presidents attraction by a man wearing a Jimmy Carter mask. He warns Grayson that if he doesn't relinquish control of the property and the key things will get much, much worse.
On top of all this is the ever inquisitive investigative reporter, Kate Young from Total Access who will be spending the next week shadowing him with her film crew in hopes of giving her television audience the total access to Grayson Hawkes. In the midst of all of this a new mystery begins with the second task Grayson must deal with, finding the next set of clues from the second Imagineer, George Colmes to unlocking a greater piece of Disney help from Walt Disney, himself to help Grayson continue in his efforts to manage the Magic Kingdom.
I received Unlocking the Kingdom by Jeff Dixon compliments of Deep River Books and Bring It On Communications for my honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is such an amazing series, Keys to the Kingdom, and my own disappointment is these novels are based in the Magic Kingdom in Florida and thus, I can't visit to check out some of the interesting trivia and Disney facts that Jeff blends into this amazing series. I didn't realize that there was a Mickey Mouse on the golf ball in the Soaring attraction and that Michael Eisner was the person who hit the ball that appears destined to hit the passengers on the attraction. The mystery that Grayson must uncover is truly remarkable and gives readers insight into the world of Walt Disney and the people he employed in his goal to make Disney theme parks a truly magical experience. If you love Disney and a great mystery, then you will LOVE this novel. If you haven't picked up the first one, The Key to the Kingdom, I would suggest you start there first and then venture into this one. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and plan on keeping this one on my personal library shelf.
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Posted April 23, 2013
"In the world of Walt Disney, details always mattered and discoveries were always waiting hidden in plain sight." ~Jeff Dixon in
"Unlocking the Kingdom".
Well, in my opinion, and that is what this is, my review, Jeff Dixon has picked up right where he left off in "The Key to the Kingdom"
and taken his readers on another wild, magical mystery with Grayson Hawkes and friends throughout the worlds of Disney. If you
enjoyed "The Key to the Kingdom" you will enjoy this second installment in this series (that I hope continues) without a doubt. If you
haven't read the first book then go get it now!
I really enjoy the factual fiction style as I have made many trips to the Magic Kingdom myself and reading this book is the next
best thing to being there for me. I can envision the places where the story takes place. However, I have also learned many new
and interesting details "hidden in plain sight" I hope to be able to find and see for myself on my next trip.
It is a mystery so I don't want to divulge any clues or be a spoiler here at all but I believe anyone who enjoys Walt Disney World
and knows that feeling you get when you walk through the gates and pass under the train station onto Main Street USA where
you truly are in a magical place and can leave the real world behind for a while, you can get a similar feeling in the pages of this
As Walt Disney said, "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island and you can enjoy these
riches ever day of your life."
This is one of those books.
Posted March 2, 2013
I am in the ministry and also have a passion for Walt Disney World so am absolutely thrilled with this book series. The author is a great writer and keeps your attention as clues are given to solve a mystery. With each chapter, I am compelled to continue reading to find out what happens next. It's hard to sit this book down...a great read! I hope you are working on the next one in the series, Jeff Dixon! I can't wait!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2014
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