In honor of the release of his third entry in the Kingdom Keepers series, Disney in Shadow, New York Times best-selling author Ridley Pearson recently escorted a group of young fans from Windy Hill Middle School in Clermont, Florida on a special Kingdom Keepers tour through Epcot at the Walt Disney World resort.
Pictured in the photo are Pearson and some of the invited students as they discuss some of the clues from the book with the assistance of Mickey Mouse, in full scuba gear.
Disney Parks has also released the following video of Ridley and an overtaker or two as he discusses the new release and takes the kids on a tour of the theme park.
Photo courtesy of Disney
The Kingdom Keepers Return to Guide Guests Through the Disney Parks by Day – and Protect the Parks from Disney Villains at Night
Five teenagers – the Kingdom Keepers – have been transformed into Disney Holographic Images (DHIs) that thrill guests as they guide them through each of the Disney parks. In truth, the Disney Imagineers created the DHIs to protect Disney’s theme parks from the Overtakers, classic Disney villains, who are trying to seize the parks and use them for their own evil agendas. Ridley Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers book series follows these heroes on behind-the-scenes adventures in the magical world of the Disney parks – and in Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow, the action happens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. (Disney-Hyperion Books, ages 10 and up, $17.99)
Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow takes readers behind the scenes in the parks as another evil plot is unleashed. Disney Imagineer Wayne, the Keepers’ mentor, and creator of Disney Holographic Imaging – a cutting edge technology – has gone missing. Has he been abducted? The main suspects? The evil Overtakers, including the devious Maleficent. The DHIs are led on a high-stakes chase through the two parks, and what starts out as a puzzle ends up as a fight for their lives. As they quest for a sword, take rides on Soarin’ and Maelstrom, have life-and-death encounters with a giant snake, and attempt to stop Maleficent, the Kingdom Keepers not only begin to decipher deeper meanings in clues they are given, but also discover new truths about themselves and their ever-growing friendships.
In Disney Book Group’s groundbreaking interactive campaign, Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow includes bonus pages and endpapers with 3D augmented reality. thekingdomkeepers.com unlocks an interactive map and clues provided in the endpapers and is the pathway for gamers to play the Kingdom Keepers strategy game and help defeat the Overtakers. Players work together to defeat the villains, who have escaped the parks and are now wreaking havoc on the internet. With the overall goal of cleansing the game’s 2500 nodes, each time a node is defeated, the main game map is updated for all players and new content is unlocked – whether it be text, images, photos, or even video. In addition, there is a secret key that allows players to enter code words revealed by Ridley in special videos to attain bonus abilities.
In addition to appearances at Walt Disney World, Pearson will tour the US in support of Kingdom Keepers III – Disney in Shadow. Markets include Miami, FL; Naperville, IL; Wayzata, MN; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; and San Francisco, CA.
‘Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow’ Author Ridley Pearson to Make Appearances April 6-7 at Walt Disney World
On Tuesday, April 6, Ridley will be signing at Once Upon a Toy in the Downtown Disney Marketplace from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
On Wednesday, April 7, Ridley will be appearing at MouseGear in Epcot (theme park admission required) from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
About Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadows:
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.
Via his blog, author Ridley Pearson has made the second chapter of Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow available for download. Previously, Pearson has made the first chapter available as we reported earlier.
The full book from Disney Hyperion will be available in stores on April 6.
To view the second chapter, click here (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).