Title: Disney After Dark
Author: Ridley Pearson
Series: Kingdom Keepers
Recommended for: Ages 9-12 per Novelist
Call Number/Link: J PEA
Synopsis: “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. 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”–Publishers description.
Being a lover of Disney World, I had been wanting to read this series for a while. I was a bit confused at first – possibly because I kept starting and stopping with days in between. Once I was able to read every day and had continuity to the reading, I was able to follow the plot better. I did enjoy the story although I think it could have been done better. I believe my familiarity with Disney World itself helped me to understand the goings on in the book. I do intend to continue on with the series. I would recommend it to children who like Disney World. It is not the best book ever written but it is worth a read.