4 books set in Disney World (or Land)

Hello, everyone! I’m currently on vacation in Disney World, but I set up some posts before I left. This is one of them (shocking). I won’t see your comments right away, as I’ll be away from the internet and unable to check my email. Horrors! I’ll be back May 26-ish, and I’ll be sure to catch up with all of your when I do!

There’s only a few books actually set in Disney World (or Land) that aren’t part of the Disney canon. Or guide books, for that matter. I’ve listed the ones I’ve managed to think of below; do you know of any others?

1. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom – Cory Doctorow (ebook available for free here)

Jules is a young man barely a century old. He’s lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies…and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World.

Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now in the keeping of a network of “ad-hocs” who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest high-tech touches.

Now, though, the “ad hocs” are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of the Presidents, and is replacing its venerable audioanimatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln, and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself.

Worse: it appears this new group has had Jules killed. This upsets him. (It’s only his fourth death and revival, after all.) Now it’s war….

Anastasia says: The first Cory Doctorow book I ever read, and it got me hooked on him ever since. It’s a little confusing at first, but stick with it– it’s worth it.

2. Baby-Sitters on Board! (Baby-Sitters Club Super Special, 1) – Ann M. Martin

The baby-sitters have a million adventures during their fabulous summer vacation which includes several days in Disneyland.

Anastasia says: Don’t judge me. This book was totally what got me interested in cruises, plus Mallory was being Harriet the Spy! Just like I did when I was a kid! I knew I liked her for a reason.

3. Kingdom Keepers – Ridley Pearson

When Disney comes looking for five teenagers to serve as actors for a new technology-Daylight Hologram Images, or DHIs-there is more to it than meets the eye. Strange things have been happening inside the Florida park: parts from one ride are found mysteriously moved to another; in the Fantasmic! show, the dragon unexplainably triumphs over Mickey; little blips in story lines and “offstage” antics by characters trouble managers. Finn Whitman, a middle-schooler, goes to sleep one night and has the dream of a lifetime: he “wakes up” inside Disney World as his DHI character, a glowing hologram. He meets an old man there, Wayne, who claims to be one of the original Imagineers and explains to Finn that he “and your friends” have a mission to save the park from forces that humans can neither see nor hear. Not believing his dream, but not totally discounting it, Finn, back in real life, sets out to find the four other kids who were chosen to be DHIs and in doing so he learns an eerie fact: he is not alone in this “dream.” The others have had similar experiences. What if this is for real?

Anastasia says: A really cute and exciting YA adventure book set in, of course, Disney World. Mr. Pearson also writes the Starcatchers books with Dave Barry.

4. Disney War – James B. Stewart

DisneyWar is the breathtaking, dramatic inside story of what drove America’s best-known entertainment company to civil war, told by one of our most acclaimed writers and reporters.

Anastasia say: So, okay, it’s not a fiction book. And it’s not technically set in a Disney park. But! Anything you wanted to know about Disney when Eisner was running it, this is the book to get. It tends to be a bit OMG LOOK! but it’s actually quite interesting.

Have you read any of these books? Which ones are your favorites?

5 thoughts on “4 books set in Disney World (or Land)”

  1. My God, I used to love the Babysitters’ Club books, and particularly the super special ones where all of the babysitters would narrate! I really liked the one where they put on a school play – as I recall, my older sister’s best friend gave it to me in exchange for me making the cookies that she and my sister were supposed to make for their class the next day.

    You’ve made me so nostalgic! (I do not judge you AT ALL.)

  2. I haven’t read any of these books, in fact, I haven’t really read anything for the past two months which hasn’t been related to my thesis, but now that I am almost done, I am slowly making my way into the blog-world again, and just wanted to drop by and say hello. Wish you a great vacation and looking forward to hear from you when you get back 🙂

  3. I loved the Babysitter’s Club books. I remember reading this one because I wanted to go on a cruise more than just about any other vacation (still sort of want to, but anyway). That one was great 🙂

  4. I have read the Kingdom Keepers books. They are AHH-MAZING!!!!! If you love Disney and you love adventure then you should definitely read this amazing series. Ridley Pearson plans on having 7 books in the series. So far there are only 4. The 5th one is coming out April 4, 2012. I enjoy these books very much and I bet you will too. Just give them a try. I’m 13 years old but they are perfect any age over 10 or so. They are meant to be for younger readers but they are good for adults too. My mom likes them and she is in her 30’s. I advice you all to read these magnificent series. Ridley Pearson has put a lot of research into these books. He went backstage on rides in Disney World and put what he learned about the rides and Walt Disney’s history into a magnificent fiction story for the whole family to laugh, cry, and feel overjoyed with. You will feel like you know the characters and you will feel what they feel (pain, love, happiness, sadness, and coldness) you will also fear for your lives with them. I highly recommend this series to everyone. 5 stars for Kingdom Keepers * * * * *

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