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Disney in Shadow (Kingdom Keepers #3)

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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 t
Hardcover, 547 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Hyperion Book CH (first published April 6th 2010)
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Drew Graham
Jun 16, 2015 Drew Graham rated it did not like it
Shelves: me
Yet again I thought maybe this book might just get it right, and yet again it didn't. The same problems from the first two apply here, except that this one is even longer and more drawn out, so it really seemed to drag and meander its way aimlessly through the flimsy plot. This time the DHIs take their adventure mostly to Epcot, making the selection for Overtakers pretty slim, so they included crash-test dummies from Test Track and random jesters from France in the World Showcase. Ultimately, af ...more
Jul 23, 2010 MissM rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2010
For a series supposedly so heavily researched, they still get basic things wrong - and that's annoying.

Example? When you leave MK you have two options to get back to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) - the ferry and the monorail. That's it. You can NOT take a bus from the gates of MK to the TTC. Buses go to the resorts from MK gates but NOT the TTC.

It's so aggravating that the little details continue to be wrong. Because it's in those little details that a true WDW fan who's reading the
Jen Scott
Jun 21, 2012 Jen Scott rated it did not like it
Oh man, why am I reading these books? I should've just stopped with the first one. And now that I'm into them so far, I have to finish out the story. But honestly, in this book, I felt like I had no idea what was going on, or really what the plot was. So why am I currently reading the fourth one right now? Who knows.
Izzy Lightfleur ~ ON HIATUS

The Keepers, Finn, Willa, Maybeck, Philby, and Charlene are in for a ride! Along with Jes and Amanda of course.

The Kingdom Keepers have a problem: the person who made them able to cross over at night, head Imagineer, has gone missing. Where is Wayne? Finn and the Keepers must find their friend. Afraid he's been Wayne-napped by Overtakers, they go to Jes. Wayne is the main conflict in this book, and Jes is going to help lead the Keepers to him.

This book is the third in the Kingdom Keepe
Aug 07, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
When Disney imagineers installed hologram guides for the Magic Kingdom using teenage models, they had no idea the 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 holograms.
The five teens have twice thwarted evil plots masterminded by Maleficent; but now Finn, Philby, Willa, Chalene, and Maybeck have another problem: Wayne, their mentor and head imagineer, has mysteriously gone missing. Concerned that Wayne has
Darth J
Jun 05, 2014 Darth J rated it liked it
Shelves: series
Review originally posted on My Bookshelf is Ready.

2.5 Stars.

Not much to say about this book other than it was lots of action, yet very little story. At 500+ pages it seems that most of it is filler of characters running from place to place to place, thunking themselves on the head when they realize that the cryptic clues meant another location. It happens several times and is the main plot of this book, basically. The theatrical showdown during a stage show rehearsal almost makes up for the fact
Jun 21, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Book 3 in the series...

"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 fr
Sep 26, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
Finn Whitman along with his friends Philby, Willa, Charlene, and Maybeck, who were hired to model Disney Host Interactive hologram guides for the parks at Disney World are back for another adventure in which they take on the Overtakers, who are led by Maleficent and Chernagog (the demon from Fantasia. The Overtakers are hoping to conquer the world, which is not surprising because they are made up of all the worst villains from the Disney films.

This time the DHIs are having to deal with the loss
Jun 08, 2010 Richard rated it liked it
The series has been going downhill since the first book. While I think the character interactions are still solid, the plotting was rather messy. The pacing between scenes and of the scenes themselves was a little wonky and disorienting; then, there was the fact that the logic and deductive skills feel much less clever than they did in the first book. The characters still seem astute, but the trail of clues in this installation was just a convoluted mess. Furthermore, Pearson continues to rely o ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Kirsten rated it liked it
Like the other Kingdom Keepers books, it's great entertainment! While I can't say it's high literature by any stretch of the imagination, it was very enjoyable. At times the plot seemed to twist a little TOO much, making it a bit convoluted for the light reading. But the action was good, and I liked that it was fast-paced. If I have one big complaint (and I say this as a Walt Disney World Cast Member who is very well acquainted with the parks), it's the lack of accuracy in some of the park infor ...more
Sep 03, 2010 Shelley rated it it was ok
Shelves: youth, fantasy
I am entirely baffled as to how the GR rating is so high. I thought this was one of the worst written books I'd read in ages. The writing was stiff and awkward, the characters didn't resemble any teen I have ever seen and I couldn't stand how he explained every little aside that the characters said. I basically skimmed looking for my favorite Epcot and Hollywood Studio rides.
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Really good and great plot. I got confused at some parts, but then I understood. I feel bad for Wayne because he got kidnapped because he has valuable information. I think that it was stupid, calling the medics for Philby and that his parents should have believed Mrs. Finn. Mrs. Finn is really nice, helping out with the "school code" and then helping Wayne escape. I believe she is just like Finn.
May 06, 2010 Raelynn rated it it was ok
I really liked the first two Kingdom Keepers books--anything that transports me to the Happiest Place on Earth is an winner to me. I was enjoying this book too until it got near the end. At the big battle scene at the end, Mr. Pearson had me scratching my head. He usually goes in to depth about exactly how the DHI accomplish things, but I was left with too many questions about how things were wrapped up at the end of the Fantasmic confrontation (what happened when Philby left the control room? H ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Noah rated it it was amazing
A Review of Kingdom Keepers 3 by Ridley Pearson
Being a Disney Host is glorious. You get to be a hologram guiding people around the Disney Parks. But Finn and his friends aren't just holograms that guide people around. At night, when they go to sleep, they wake up in Disney World as DHI's (holograms) and they fight evil to keep Disney safe. The "evil" is called the Overtakers, and they are trying to make Disney World a nightmare come true instead of a dream come true. The Keeper's Mentor, Wayn
Aidan Henderson
Nov 12, 2015 Aidan Henderson rated it did not like it
This book ruined the kingdom keepers series for me, it was so boring and predictable that I did not enjoy reading it at all. The charaters are the typical high school kids who each have one thing in common, and that is they go on adventures to disneyworld when they start sleeping. The books each start out the same way by recapping the last. I think that the reader should know what happend in the last kne before they read a new book thats later in the series. Another weekness is that the charater ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Madi rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
3.5 stars. I liked this book okay. The only reason I rated it that low was because I felt it was way longer than it needed to be. I think the book could have covered everything in 100 pages less. And I STILL don't quite understand what's going on. I feel like the author is holding back information. After 1,000+ pages, I would like to know where the series is going to go.
And the relationships he has going on are so confusing. And I get that relationships are confusing at this age, but it seems t
Mitchel Broussard
Apr 15, 2010 Mitchel Broussard rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fiction
Probably the best of the series so far and a super quick read, despite its 500+ pages. The only thing i really didn't like was the conversation structure. It seemed when Mr. Pearson wanted to make a point he constructed a conversation to repeatedly state this point, and some lasted for almost 5 pages. It got a little annoying at times. I know the kids need to get to Epcot before midnight or their human selves will delve into comas, no need repeating it 7 times.

But otherwise, its the same great p
Brenten Gilbert
Nov 26, 2012 Brenten Gilbert rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Rating: 3.5

The Kingdom Keepers return to action after yet another close call. They’re still on the lookout for their creator and guide, Wayne, who went missing after their second adventure. The group spends a lot of time exploring EPCOT and encounters opposition from the usual suspects, Maleficent and Chernabog, who plan to take control of the parks by leveraging a command center and holding park guests hostage. (I’m trying to be vague).

There are plenty of twists, turns, and close calls both in
Christine Marie
Aug 15, 2012 Christine Marie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery, Suspense, Action, Fantasy, Logic, Children's, Science Fiction, Thriller fans
Recommended to Christine by: Barnes and Noble
I really enjoyed this book. The next in the Kingdom Keepers series for me (which I seem to be zipping through quite quickly I must admit). I keep placing the next on hold and the next and the next (but currently I just left town, and my hold came in right as I was leaving, so I couldn't pick it up...) now the series is kind of on hold in terms of me finishing it (I was so close!).

This book is just a combination of genres...action, suspense, mystery, logic, children's, thriller, fantasy, sci-fi.
Kathy Davie
Mar 10, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
Third in the Kingdom Keepers fantasy adventure series revolving around a group of middle-schoolers charged with preventing the Overtakers from taking over Disney World.

My Take
I don't know if I'm getting used to the story or if Pearson is easing up…

The story is about an initial group of five kids, the Keepers, who play detective in the Magic Kingdom foiling the plots of the Overtakers. There is something in the hologram code that allows the kids to dream their way over to Disney World and into t
Oct 23, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
Disney in Shadow is Book 3 in the Kingdom Keeper Series. While this book does provide segments of back story as needed there are many elements that seem to rely at least somewhat on familiarity with the previous books. So if you haven't read those, you should probably do so before jumping in here. That said, the storyline does stand on its own without relying heavily on the history from the previous two books.

The DHIs know that trouble is brewing. At the end of book 2, the DHIs have saved Jez bu
Maria Meagher
Jul 22, 2013 Maria Meagher rated it liked it
Shelves: attic-box-15
Reading this book with my three children aged 9, 12 and 15. We read together a lot, and they've become quite selective about book choice. The general consensus is these books are good, exciting and worth continuing with, but you have to overlook the enormous plot holes, the huge amount of time given in each book to regurgitating the events of the past, which usually includes adding new significant details not mentioned previously, and the habit of revising past writing to try to deal with obviou ...more
Matthew Largo
Dec 11, 2015 Matthew Largo rated it it was amazing
These books keep getting better! This book is so amazing in the aspects of the actions of the Kingdom Keepers. I absolutely love the fact that Philby was able to make Jess and Amanda a DHI and can control where, when, and which Kingdom Keepers can cross-over. I have never heard of Fantastic! until it was mentioned in the book and it sounds cool - Mickey fighting Maleficent. I also liked how Wayne used a cryptogram to hid a message for the Kingdom Keepers and that Finn's mother started to help th ...more
Drew S.
Mar 20, 2015 Drew S. rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
I rated this book three stars and before you Kingdom Keeper fans start ripping on me for rating this three stars. First let me get this out of the way first this book was good just not at the standers I was thinking about. Maybe I set the standers to high after an amazing second book Disney at Dawn but this book took a turn for the worst. Second this book was hard to follow. At times I could not tell what just happened or how something happened. The only way I could tell what park they were in w ...more
Apr 19, 2010 Sydney added it
I really did enjoy this book. I heard people bag on it all day at school, but when I went home and read it, I loved it. I got it a bit early because I went to go meet Ridley Pearson! (BTW, Ridley is his real name and his favorite Disney character is Maleficent) I loved the plot and I loved the characters. It made me feel like I was really there, running along with them and facing their dangers. I don't know Disney as well as some others, so some parts were a bit confusing, though I got through i ...more
Oct 10, 2014 Jackjohnson rated it really liked it
Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow, while being a great book, did not completely fill my reading sweet spot. It starts off with beloved Wayne going missing. The Kingdom Keepers join forces once again to tackle Maleficent, Chernabog, and many more. And to add even more simplicity to things, all 7 KK's are stuck in the Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, possible forever. Will they be able to save Wayne and live to tell the day? Or will they be trapped in an almost unfixable coma eternally.

There were multip
Jul 08, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
This story follows the kingdom keepers as they search for Wayne. They spend a lot of time at the Epcot Center and Hollywood Studios. In this one the kids are in their DHI forms a lot more. They have to find and figure out the clues left by Wayne so they can stop the Overtakers from carrying out their evil plans.

This was a fun book to read especially since I'd just visited Disney World.
Denae Christine
Nov 28, 2014 Denae Christine rated it it was amazing
Finn is my favorite, but I also like Philby and Charlene. The abilities were settled a bit better (Amanda can levitate and push things?), and the other DHIs have all managed all-clear. Jez became Jess and SBS became The Syndrome, but it worked. Suddenly the kids have phones (except sometimes the devices are called radios for some reason, except these "radios" can text). Sometimes Maybeck is called Donnie. These inconsistencies didn't distract from the story much, though.
Everything was driven by
Nov 01, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
I am beginning to notice that each book starts by recapping what had taken place in the previous book. This is a bit frustrating to me. Too much time is spent rehashing past events. I wish that the adventure would have picked up a little more quickly. The main villains are never seen until nearly the end. All complaints aside, I still love this series!
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Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty novels, including the New York Times bestseller KILLER WEEKEND; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the award-winning children's novels PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS, PETER AND THE SHADOW THIEVES, and PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON, which he cowrote with Dave Barry. Pearson lives with his wife and two daughters, div ...more
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