Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow by Ridley Pearson
About the Book (from Amazon.com) *Warning: This post may contain some spoilers from books I and II*:
"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."
So this one is a little farther out than I normally feature WoW books, but I've been sitting on it for almost a year. And now I'm done waiting and want to share it.
So why do I want it? Well, first of all, it's Disney, so no surprises there. Second, it's Kingdom Keepers, and I loved the first two books in this series. And third, it's Hollywood Studios! That's my home park. :) Okay, and Epcot too, but still. Actually it's probably mostly Epcot from the cover. Speaking of covers, I hate, hate, hate the new covers. I really liked the original cover for book 1, since I thought the silhouettes gave it a mysterious air that added a nice touch. But they went with a new artist starting with book 2 and now they've gone back and redone book 1 it to match the three. Oh well, you win some you loose some.
And speaking of the cover, here's another tidbit that will prove just how much of a Disney park nut I am. I can walk you to the exact spot where that cover supposedly happens. Its behind and to the left of Spaceship Earth, off the side near the Universe of Energy. See? Told you so. :)
Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow will be released on March 6th. You can currently pre-order it from Amazon.com: