Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Reflections: Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark

Brad Howes opines on Ridley Pearson's Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark:

"It is true that a book written for middle school-aged children could give a (mostly) grown man nightmares. Kingdom Keepers provides a unique journey through the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, specifically after the turnstiles stop, well, turning. In Toy Story-esque fashion, the rides come to life once the lights go down. And once the lights go down, it is a classic story of good versus evil. The evil witch Maleficent is part of a group that call themselves the Overtakers, who plan to take over not only the Magic Kingdom and Disney World, but the entire globe. Of course, she calls upon the Pirates from the famous ride, and pulls some dirty tricks on other not-so-scary rides in her efforts.

It’s up to Finn, a middle-school student who is a hologram by night, along with other holograms to defeat the Undertakers. The highest level of intrigue comes when Kingdom Keepers meets National Treasure as Finn and his buddies seek to find secret clues throughout the park left by Walt himself that will help good reign victorious.

Let it be known, this review is not exactly an endorsement as I wonder to myself whether I will continue the ride through three other sequels (and another due out Spring 2013) or take an emergency exit. It’s true, I couldn’t put the book down. However, it was the intricate descriptions of the park itself, as well as the hidden mysteries that kept me involved, not the plot itself. References to the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, the Ticket and Transportation Center, and the underground tunnels make me want more, not the little creepy children from It’s a Small World coming to life and attacking the riders. That’s what gave me the nightmares."

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