Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday (20)--Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow by Ridley Pearson

So, anyone who's been reading my blog for awhile knows that I am a Disney theme park junkie. I go to Disneyworld at least once a year and even though I went in March, I am already trying to find a way to return very soon. Oh why can't I win the lottery?!

Okay, I love everything Disney, and what could be better than a series of books that take place inside the parks. Enter Ridley Pearson and his amazing Kingdom Keepers series. Needless to say, when I was tooling around the Internet the other night, I was thrilled to see that book three is on it's way. Here's the info:

Release Date: April 27, 2010 (I've heard earlier dates, but this is the Amazon date listed) from Hyperion Children's Books (No cover, so I've included my own view of Epcot from my March trip).


When Disney Imagineers installed hologram guides for the Magic Kingdom, using teenage models they had no idea the technology might backfire. But backfire it did: some nights when the kids go to sleep, they wake up in one of the Disney parks as a hologram.

With the adventures set forth in the first books now behind them, Kingdom Keepers 3: Disney In Shadow follows the five teens, Finn, Philby, Willa, Charlene, and Maybeck as they search to find Wayne, their mentor and head Imagineer who has mysteriously gone missing. Concerned Wayne has been abducted by the Overtakers-Disney villains, who along with other Disney characters, take over the parks when the turnstiles stop spinning, and want desperately to steer the parks to a far darker place-the five kids pick up a major clue from a close friend, Jez, whose dreams (nightmares, really) often accurately predict the future.

The very few clues from Jez's dream lead the kids into Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot--through imaginary worlds that become real, by imaginary kids who are real. Each clue seems tied to the last, and with the stakes growing ever higher, what starts out as a puzzle ends up as a fight for their lives. Through a transparent paper box, a quest for a sword, rides on Soarin' and Maelstrom, life-and-death encounters with giant snakes, and a devious Maleficent, the Kingdom Keepers not only begin to decipher deeper meanings to the clues, but discover new truths about themselves and their ever-growing friendships.

There you have it. I am very excited, especially since this one takes the kids to Epcot, which is quickly becoming my favorite of the four Florida parks. Woo hoo!! Hey folks at Hyperion, please feel free to send me a copy if you'd like. Begging works right?!

As always, Waiting on Wednesday is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.


  1. Hey just wanted to let you know I have an award for you at my blog


  2. Interesting concept for a book. I've never been to DisneyWorld but I've been to Disneyland a gazillion of times. And last year I went to EuroDisney (or Disneyland Paris, as they call it there). I really to go to DisneyWorld or the one in Japan.

  3. I am a huge Disney fan and try to get back there every few years. Unfortunately living in England, that works out expensive. I have never heard of these books, but I will definitely be on the look out for them.

  4. I've never been, but it must be fun! You've persuaded me! :) Maybe I should check out the nearer-to-UK mini versions!

    Oh yes, Scrap girl, we have the same problems! LOL And I mean that in the nicest possible sense.


  5. I have to go to Disney World one of these days. I've been to the lands (CA, Paris, Tokyo) but never the BIG one.

  6. Oh that sounds really good! I'm covering a vacation at work right now, because someone went to Disney. I've never been, but it does look like fun!

  7. Oh my gosh! I had NO clue this series existed! I have added them all to my wishlist now. I am a huge Disney World fan, too. I have only been three times (Feb/March 2004 / Feb 2008 (belated honeymoon trip) and just this past January for my birthday.

    Do you use the Passporter's guide to Disney World at all? I know that's totally off topic with this post, but you seem like someone who might be on the passporter boards with me. :)

    Cat (Beyond Books)

  8. Kim,

    Thanks so much for the award. I really appreciate it.

    Genevieve and Lenore,

    I'm completely jealous of anyone who has been to parks outside of the states. I would love to visit all of the parks, especially Tokyo. I think that would be incredible.


    So glad to see there's more crazy Disney fans like me out there. I've used the Passporter guide, but I'm not on the boards. I've been known to lurk around the Micechat forums though whenever I have an approaching trip.


  9. I've been to DisneyLand (I loved it). This book sounds amazing. I would have to start from the first book in the series :D

  10. I am a disney freak as well. I live in Orlando, so I go the WDW all the time...and I've been to the 2 in California and the 2 in Paris...and my best friend (who has been with me to all of the back) and I are planning a trip to the ones in Asia for 2012!

    I have read the first 2 books in this series and can't wait for the third one!

  11. Hi... just happen to cross your site...

    Im planning to go to Tokyo or Hong Kong Disney this Christmas. Hoho and I found some stuffs from Hong Kong Disneyland here as well:

    I will definitely take tones of photos there!!!