Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Orange. Enjoy the ride as we share some of our favorite Disney books.
Have you heard of the Kingdom Keepers? I hadn’t heard about the book series until a few years ago even though the first book was published in 2009. My daughter and I saw a quick video about the books on the Disney Channel and we knew that it was something we had to check out.
I searched on YouTube and I am pretty sure this is the Disney 365 spot that we saw in 2011. Hayley Kiyoko from Lemonade Mouth is in the clip and my daughter was obsessed with Lemonaded Mouth so I am guessing that is what drew us to watch the spot.
About the Book Series
The book are written by Ridley Pearson (www.ridleypearson.com) and the story centers around five teens who get the gig of a lifetime as holographic park “guides” at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. However, they soon find out that their role is a lot more than they thought it would be. They end up in the park as half holograms and half human after the park closes and find themselves battling against Disney villains who want to take over the Magic Kingdom.
This is a video from a few years ago with Ridley Pearson explaining about the books.
There are seven books in the series and each one takes the teens on a journey into a different Walt Disney World theme park and the Disney Cruise Line. The final book in the series was released in April 2014 and partly written by the Kingdom Keeper fans; it takes place in Disneyland.
In this video Ridley talks about the release of the sixth book and shows how fans were able to help write the now released seventh book.
Why I Like the Books
When I discovered the books my daughter was almost six years old and not able to read the books by herself. I feel the books can be read independently by about age ten but it all depends upon your child’s reading level. I started to read the books to my daughter and really enjoyed sharing in the Kingdom Keepers experience with her.
The first book takes about 40 pages before you really get into the action, but stick with it and you will end of loving the series as well. My favorite villain is Maleficent and she plays a major role in the series so this has been fun for me to read.
The books can be a little confusing if you have not been to Walt Disney World before as it is hard to imagine where some of the events are taking place. To help out with that we took out our Birnbaums Walt Disney World guide book. We kept it near the Kingdom Keepers book and looked at park maps as needed; it helped my daughter understand the logistics of the the storylines lines.
The Seventh and Final Book
In this video Ridley Pearson talks about his seventh and final book in the series. He also takes us on a tour of Disneyland and the special places that appear in the book. Ridley also explains how the book was written in part by his fans.
What’s Next for the Kingdom Keepers
According to author Ridley Pearson the Kingdom Keepers are on to another adventure to Imagineering school and a whole new series (yay). I personally hope that there is a Kingdom Keepers movie or TV Series in the future, that would be a lot of fun to watch.
Want to Buy the Books?
The book are available anywhere books or ebooks are sold…..so anyplace!! You can learn more about the Kingdom Keepers here – http://www.thekingdomkeepers.com
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