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Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark

by Ridley Pearson

 Did you ever have a dream where you were in Disney World, except you were half-hologram, half-human, and it was nighttime?  Willa, Finn, Charlene, Maybeck, and Philby are holographic guides for Disney World.  One night, they wake up in the park. Wayne, an elderly Imagineer, tells them a few things: a) The Disney villains are real, b) They’re out to control Disney, and c) They’re the only ones who can see/stop them. Three words: Adventure, Action, Disney 


Average: 4.8 (5 votes)
submitted by Kyra B., age
(March 7, 2011 - 6:56 pm)

Best. Series. Ever.

submitted by Kyra B.
(April 29, 2011 - 4:01 pm)

I've read a lot of reviews about this and it doesn't sound that good...

submitted by Elizabeth M, age 11, Germany: 16 Day
(May 8, 2011 - 8:53 am)

It all depends on how far you can suspend your disbeleif. A lot of the negitive reveiws I've seen say theese things. My responce in italics.

1: Charecter development is terrible.

Not every MG/YA book has to end with the protaginest having an epifany/revelation and suddenly being the best person around. Throughout the series, everybody grows and matures, and some self-aware comments are made. I love the way it was done, where you see from different character's perspectives at times and learn something about them. For exmple, in book 3 we learn Charlene has 3 cats. Those interesting factoids, at least for me, are wondreful for getting to know characters.   

2: The mentor Wayne is terrible.
It's like Dumbledore. He uses the Socratic method. 

3: Finn is a terrible hero. 

I like Finn as a main protaginist. He goes through relatable strugles like the impact of fame on school, friendships, and family. Not to spoil anything, but also he is a really great leader for several reasons. 

4: I'm not a Disney nerd, so I don't get it.
Understandable, since the entire book series is about Disney. But for Disney ners (like me) who can keep up with the story, it's plenty fun.

5: Malefecent is wrongly portrayed.
No spoilers, but the way I see it, you're SUPPOSED to see her as different than the aniated version from "Sleeping Beauty". Think of her more as how the was portrayed in Disney Channel's "Desendents", if that helps.

6: the girls don't do much and it's a bit sexist in that way.
Maybe slightly in the first book, but they arn't without their strong moments. It gets better as the series progresses. There are even some really great Momma Bear momments with the moms. 

I love this series, and though there admitedly some recognisable flaws, I choose to suspend my disbelief for this fictional story, and enjoy it. 

submitted by Mettabel T, age 13, North America
(October 11, 2021 - 9:08 pm)

This book was AMAZING.Laughing

submitted by Alexandra F., age 9, Overland Park KS
(June 26, 2011 - 11:12 am)

Oh my gosh! Another Alexandra! I'm going to have to start putting "S" in front of my name again. Anyway, I've heard a lot about this book and I'm thinking of reading it. The plot sounds kind of stupid, but people say it's really good... and what better time to read it than the week before I go to Disneyland? :)

submitted by Alexandra S., age XII, Never Land
(June 26, 2011 - 8:33 pm)

Believe me, it is amazing.  If you like adventure, then you'll love it.  It can be a little scary.

submitted by Kyra B.
(July 15, 2011 - 3:09 pm)


submitted by TOPPERZ
(September 11, 2011 - 6:14 pm)

THIS SERIES ROCKS! I'VE READ THEM ALL AND CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE NEXT ONE, RIDLEY PEARSON ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would recomend these books to anyone 10 and up because they get pretty violent at points, but other than that their great! The last time I went to Disney I felt like I was part of the books , the way the author describes everything is amazing, its down to the last detail.

submitted by Alex P., age 12, Florida, U.S
(March 5, 2013 - 12:01 pm)