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Grayson Hawkes learns how imaginative and elaborate Walt Disney World is when he accepts an invitation one sunny day from a trusted friend landing him in a world he never knew existed. Innocently driven by curiosity he finds himself immersed in a heroic adventure. Barely escaping a late night encounter, he finds himself desperately trying to solve a mysterious disappearancGrayson Hawkes learns how imaginative and elaborate Walt Disney World is when he accepts an invitation one sunny day from a trusted friend landing him in a world he never knew existed. Innocently driven by curiosity he finds himself immersed in a heroic adventure. Barely escaping a late night encounter, he finds himself desperately trying to solve a mysterious disappearance while trying to stay ahead of those who are chasing him. Hawkes quickly realizes that unraveling the clues is essential if he is to discover the truth. He navigates through the kingdom where knowledge of seemingly unimportant Disney facts and some divine help are the only way he can discover the lock that can be opened by an ancient key. His world becomes even more complicated when he is captivated by a mysterious woman, causing him to make a series of choices that takes his faith to the brink. Each step is fueled with heart pounding intensity carrying him deeper into a thrill ride of secrecy. Within the walls of Walt Disney World is more mystery than one imagination can contain. Here Disney Trivia is not a game; and the ancient key is the only way out! Jeff Dixon was raised in Florida and has always been fascinated with the man Walt Disney and the theme park he created. Dixon feels that any guest who would take the time to look would discover a story that will never be completed. It is against this canvas that Dixon paints this mystery, adventure, and thriller. The epic drama carries the reader across the state of Florida to discover details that most people have missed. Each discovery and revelation will have the reader wondering if they are reading fact or fiction. In a quickening pace, the characters find themselves on a collision course with an unthinkable outcome! Fans of Walt Disney will love the history and tourists will find a travel guide that takes them on a trip most guests never get to take....

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The Key to the Kingdom: Unlocking Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom Reviews

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2018-11-12 19:26

    Who hasn't heard of Walt Disney, Disneyland, The Magic Kingdom or anything related to Disney in general?Some of us have grown up with Disney in some form or another for most of our lives and know what dreams can do for those of us willing to dare to live them.Farren Rales is one of the chief Imagineers working for the Magic Kingdom and when he calls Grayson Hawkes, a pastor of Celebration Community Church and asks him to meet him at the Gamble House. The Gamble House is a piece of property that is now part of the National Historical Society and is the inspiration come to life of Snow White's cottage from Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.It's late at night for a secret meeting with Farren and Hawkes as they wander around the inside of the cottage learning about Disney's fascination for details within a story. He leaves Hawkes with a gift, an old key that he claims is the Key to the Kingdom. When he looks up to inquire more about what the key means, Farren has vanished into the dark of night.As Hawkes leaves the cottage, he learns that he is not the only one in the park at night. Running for his car, he barely manages to escape with his life. When Farren fails to show up for work, his secretary grows worried and returns Hawkes calls since he was the last person to see him. Not knowing what to do or where Farren is, he gets worried and believes that the clues to what is happening lie within the Magic Kingdom and what exactly that key will unlock.Now Hawkes finds himself in a Disney-like National Treasure scavenger hunt, unlocking riddles that lead him to more clues within the Animal Kingdom, The Disney Resort, and Epcot Center with a stuffed Pal Mickey that becomes activated with hidden sensors located throughout the park guiding him to the next clue.What he will ultimately discover is the Disney Magic may be more real than we have been led to believe and perhaps there is a whole lot more reality mixed in then we know.I received the mystery novel, The Key to the Kingdom by Jeff Dixon, compliments of Bring It On Communication for my honest review. Being a huge Disney fan since I was a child, my child-like wonder has never left and I was captivated by the way the author wove this mystery around Disney facts and trivia that most of us walk by in our day to day visits of the park and never give it a second thought. Do tunnels really exist below the park? Is Walt Disney really sealed in a cryogenic cylinder waiting for a cure for cancer? Is there really a Snow White Cottage in Port Orange, Florida and inspired Disney to create Disneyland?Who knows until you read this book and decide for yourself is this really fiction or perhaps a Disney magic way of covering up the secrets of the park! I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and now it has a place of permanence in my personal library because the kid in me, still believes in magic!

  • Rhonda Funk
    2018-11-17 21:27

    I have to admit, I wondered what The Key To the Kingdom by Jeff Dixon would hold. The book, based on the dreams of Walt Disney and actual facts/Disney trivia, had me wondering if this could possibly be an exciting novel, and after ripping through the book in about 2.5 days it was an adventure I'm glad I took!Grayson Hawkes ventures off the beaten path to meet a long time friend in a dark cottage (which inspired the movie Snow White), where he is given a mysterious key and a message to use the key wisely. That night, his friend disappears and Hawk must use his knowledge of Disney trivia along with a string of clues left behind by his missing friend Farren Rales to bring him back. Hawk, a pastor of a local church, finds himself running all hours of the day and night trying to find the next clue. It's an adventure extreme, as Hawk lands behind the scenes, searching for clues where visitors are not allowed to go. Somehow he has to determine who is helping him, and who is against him. As the cover says, "In this world, Disney trivia is no game...and the ancient key is the only way out." I could not put the book down! If I had taken the Evelyn Woods speed reading course I would have certainly applied it here! The only hope I had was to drink more coffee and to stay up late, just so I could get to the next chapter! I even read while I was driving. Don't worry, my husband had a hold of the wheel. Dixon does a great job of incorporating Disney facts while adding in a flair of his own brilliant imagination to make The Key To the Kingdom come to life. What I loved the most is that it was a mystery full of suspense that is written in such a clean form that I could pass the book on to my pre-teens. And I love how the story kept twisting and turning, right up until the last page. This is a must read for anybody (any age) who loves Disney facts, and for anyone who doesn't!Disney.....if you are listening this book should be your next big adventure movie and theme park ride! I find that I am planning my family adventure to Disney World, just so I can see what is real and what is not! I am instantly fascinated beyond my limited knowledge of how the parks were created, WHY each themed area was created, and how each intricate detail of the park has a story to tell.Nice work Dixon! You may have just landed yourself a new movie and ride!

  • Richard Simms
    2018-12-06 01:39

    Key To The Kingdom represents both the very best and the very worst of self-publishing. On the one hand, it is clear that Dixon is a huge fan of Walt Disney World (as am I), and that this book allowed him to create a world within the World via a scavenger hunt through the Florida resort. That's the good news.The bad? The book, like many self-published tomes, is in desperate need of an editor. When your lead female character's name is spelled three different ways over the course of the book, this is problematic. (Maybe this is especially egregious to someone such as myself, who is an editor by trade and is immediately taken out of a story by ridiculously easy-to-fox things like spelling errors or sentences that are obviously missing a word, examples of which litter Dixon's work.) Style wise, the book is wildly repetitive, especially when it comes to the various clues our hero follows in order to solve the mystery which is the heart of the story. (What lies at the end of the trail is beyond ridiculous and yet will, for many Disney fans, be the very definition of a dream come true.) In all honestly, the only thing that drove me to finish this book was my unshakeable completion issues. As it was, I wound up skimming many pages when plot points were being endlessly repeated. As I said earlier, I am a huge fan of the Disney theme parks, which was what drew me to this novel in the first place. Unfortunately, most of the passages which describe the parks and attractions sound as if they are lifted directly from travel guides or corporate literature. Worse, this is Disney as seen through the eyes of someone who seems determined to praise at all costs all things Disney. Even folks who make annual pilgrimages to the House Of Mouse (such as myself) have complaints about the resort... but our hero (and the author) take their Disney worship to a level that feels like fear of backlash for an honestly-stated criticism. I wanted to love this book, and dove in excitedly. Unfortunately, I walked away more disappointed than a kid whose told they're one inch too short to ride Space Mountain.

  • Debbie
    2018-11-20 17:47

    "The Key To The Kingdom" and"Unlocking The Kingdom by Jeff Dixon are both 5 stars book. These books had me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next to Grayson Hawkes. These books is a mysteries revolting around Walt Disney World. Even through the books are fiction they make me want to visit Walt Disney World, I have never been there. In Book 1 "The Key To The Kingdom" Hawkes ( a preacher) is given a key by his friend Farren Rales, who then disappears. When Rales hands Hawk the key, he tells him "Not just any key,my friend. It is a very special key. There is not another one in the entire world that does what this one will do. You are holding in your hand the key to the kingdom." So Hawk is trying to find out what Rales means throughout the story. He has two special friends help him, one is a Walt Disney World employee and the other you will have to read the book to find out! ( I will give you a clue he is famous). It is strange reading about all the things this preacher turned mystery hunter does that could land him in jail. But oh so enjoyable also! The story has rich details that describes the different scenes and places Hawk searches! During the searching Hawk witnesses to one helper about his faith in Jesus,(just mentions not actually witnessing but isn't that the best kind). But in closing this review I have to tell you things aren't always what they seem. Hawk solves the puzzle and is rewarded with a surprise. In Book 2 "Unlocking The Kingdom" dead bodies and dead pirates keep showing up on rides. But are they real? The villains and the heroes are hard to figure out and that is what makes these two books so great! At the beginning of "Unlocking the Kingdom" Hawk meets George who tells him "unlock what never was, to protect what is yet to be," At the end of this book there are questions about Disney's trivia you can see if you know the answers. These books would make a great movie! This second book leaves you wondering if maybe a third book is coming! I think a third book would be great! I received this book from www.bookfun.org to read and post my honest opinion.

  • Grumpyfan
    2018-11-23 18:45

    Fun, light reading. Enjoyable, but a little on the cheesy side at times. Filled with lots of (real) trivia from the parks and about Disney in general.

  • Kristin Bateman
    2018-11-19 00:41

    I'm a bit conflicted on this. While I love anything, and everything Disney, I was not expecting the Christian undertones to the novel. I'm not sure if they felt out of place, or if I didn't realize this was a faith-based novel. There was a lot of fun Disney trivia, and I enjoyed unlocking the clues as they appeared and guessing where Hawk had to go next. However, I could tell this was an independently published novel: The sentence structure was generally short and choppy, and there were a bunch of editing errors that this English teacher nitpicked about.Will I pick up Book 2? Probably. But, I'm not in a huge rush to do so.

  • Shaunesay
    2018-12-02 18:45

    This was a fun adventure set in Disney World in Florida, packed with Disney trivia and history. It's been many years since I've visited so I didn't quite have the visual in my mind that someone who has been there more often or recently might have had, but even so I enjoyed it! Our main character is a Pastor of a nearby town who is big Disney fan and is given a mysterious key by a long time friend, who also happens to be a Disney Imagineer. What follows is a scavenger hunt of major proportions that takes him throughout Disney World and gets him hot water with the staff more often than not. There's even fighting and kidnapping! What is this incredible secret his friend has set him on the course to find? I'm not saying, but it's behind Hawk's wildest dreams, that's for sure!This was fun, and now I'm really interested in learning more about Walt Disney himself and the history of his dream.

  • Lisa Johnson
    2018-11-21 19:46

    Title: The Key to the Kingdom: Unlocking Walt Disney’s Magic KingdomAuthor: Jeff DixonPages: 263Year: 2010Publisher: Deep River Book Among the several listed definitions of imagination in Webster’s Dictionary, two meanings stood out to me that could be used to describe Walt Disney: 1) creative ability; 2) thinking or active mind. Walt Disney had more ideas than he could enact in his lifetime. His mantra was to use his imagination to make life better for people. So what better place for the setting of this novel than Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida? Dr. Grayson Hawkes or Hawk as he prefers to be called is a preacher at Celebration Community Church in Celebration, Florida. He has a staff that is like family to him and enjoys telling the greatest story ever told that of God’s infinite love for His children shown in the Bible. His best friend is Farren Rales, the head Imagineer at Disney World. Farren had actually begun working at Disney when Walt was still living. They enjoy talking about all things Disney: Disney trivia, little known facts about Walt Disney’s life and dreams, as well as the more commonly known facts. The book is a little slow in the beginning as the groundwork is put in place, but it does pick up and then reads at a good pace. One night Farren asks Hawk to a mysterious meeting. At the end of their strange and enigmatic discussion, Farren reverently gives Hawk a key. Farren tells Hawk he now has the key to the kingdom. As they say goodnight and part ways, Hawk is chased by an armed assailant and Farren disappears. Thus begins Hawk’s journey begun by Farren to discover what the key unlocks. The action takes off from there with Hawk being chased by more than one person as he travels from the Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the Magic Kingdom to find each successive clue, trying to solve the puzzle and find Farren. Hawk is convinced once he solves the riddles Farren will be at the end of them. Who can Hawk trust as he finds himself needing help? Kiran is attractive and arrives one the scene just when he needs help the most. She works in guest relations at Disney and knows a lot about Walt and his creation. Hawk’s race to find answers to the riddles and solve the mystery takes him behind the scenes at Disney, running around the park after hours, and the occasional fist-fight. There is so much interesting trivia about Disney the man as well as the company. I have visited Disney World several times, but the things I learned in this story were things I had never noticed before. The attention to detail by the Imagineers is astounding. There is a reason behind every prop placed and every location chosen. I could picture in my mind Hawk’s different destinations as I have been to many of those very places myself. That added an extra element of enjoyment to the story. This book is a great story, a great chance to use your imagination and a chance to use your mind to solve riddles. I’ll be reviewing Jeff’s second book as the mystery isn’t completely wrapped up at the end of this first book. Stay tuned! My rating is 4.5 stars.Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  • Heavensent1
    2018-12-07 17:53

    The Key to the Kingdom is a fantastic journey of mystery, intrigue and innuendos that is sure to capture the heart of everyone who peruses its pages. Once the book is picked up and begun, you will feel the need to complete it. The allure is hard to resist and its fast-paced, extremely informative, imaginative and believable tale is sure to become a favourite with all who are captured within its pages.Grayson Hawkes is a minister whose approach to preaching is contemporary as he uses artistic mediums to relate the tale of the bible to his parishioners, making him a favourite and his church quite popular. A friend, and trusted confidante invites Grayson to meet him at the historic Snow White Cottage owned by James Gamble for a late-night tryst. It is here that the mysteries of Walt Disney World begin to unfold. Handing Grayson a key and the first piece in a perplexing puzzle of clues, the course is set and we are on our way, racing through the streets, concessions and attractions that make up Walt Disney World to unravel the mystery that has been placed before us. You are left breathless as you are lead from one clue to another, wondering who you can trust and who is your enemy. Gathering a group of folks you believe to be those who have your best interests at heart, you step into the web of intrigue and are lead one step closer, through interesting tidbits of Walt Disney history, to the mystery, that is, the key to the kingdom.When I was first approached to review this book, I almost shied away, I am not a huge fan of the Walt Disney corporation as it stands today. I grew up with Walt in my living room in the early 70's, not even realizing, at the time, that he was already gone from us. To me, he was like a grandfather, who kind and wise words made me feel good about myself. I decided to read it anyhow and I am really pleased that I did! I rarely give a 5 out of 5 rating but The Key to the Kingdom deserves such and I highly recommend to anyone who is a Disney buff (I knew more about Walt Disney than I thought I did, and still, I enjoyed reading it), those who love a good, fast-paced mystery or those who like to solve riddles ( I must admit, this was a real high point for me, it brought out my natural sense of puzzle solving and on numerous occasions, I found myself yelling out my answers to Grayson as the book progressed, LOL). The only thing I regret about this opportunity, is that I didn't opt in for the interview with the author, Jeff Dixon, I would have liked to have picked his brain a little more. I was impressed with his bio which states he researches ancient manuscripts (what I would give to be able to do something such as this) and examines them for content, meaning, understanding and then, using illustrations, he describes his research to listeners at the Covenant Community Church in Central Florida. I hope to be able to read more from Jeff, either with a sequel to The Key to the Kingdom (there may have been a hint at the end of the book alluding to this) or via any other literary projects. This is truly a wonderful book, sure to be enjoyed by folks of all ages!!

  • Ava
    2018-11-17 18:50

    I like that this story takes place in Disney World but it didn't really make me want to read more.

  • Nancee
    2018-11-12 17:40

    Dr. Grayson Hawkes, affectionately known as "Hawk to most, is a preacher at Celebration Community Church in Celebration, Florida. Hawk is a long-time, frequent visitor to Walt Disney World in Orlando and has acquired an incredible wealth of knowledge regarding Disney trivia and attention to detail from his close friend, Farren Rales. Farren is head imagineer for Walt Disney World, and had worked directly with Walt Disney while he was still living. He and Hawk frequently discussed Walt's life and his dreams and visions for the future of Disney parks. In a mysterious meeting Farren presents Hawk with a "special" key, the key to the kingdom, and an assignment to unravel the clues that lead to what the key unlocks. Farren then suddenly disappears and Hawk is chased by an unknown assailant. As Hawk is catapulted into the adventures of his life, danger becomes his constant companion. Amidst his escapades through the world of Disney in his search for answers, Hawk encounters numerous predicaments that place him in compromising situations.Jeff Dixon has created a fast-paced, exciting journey through the Magic Kingdom! The Key to The Kingdom is descriptive down to the most minute details and written with extraordinary knowledge and a passion for Disney. The author has penned a mystery that caused me to read as fast as I could, increasing my heart rate as I ran through the park with Hawk in this magical adventure! Danger lurked around every corner, and attention to detail in Disney design is amazing. Having visited Disney World a few times I was able to follow Hawk's adventures throughout the kingdom, and could visualize the attractions as if I was running alongside Hawk. If you've been to Walt Disney World this book is an amazing adventure through the Magic Kingdom that you don't want to miss! If you haven't been to the attraction yet, you'll certainly want to make the trip after reading this book!Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and the For Readers Only program through BookFun.org for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Thank you to Jeff Dixon and Fred St Laurent from BookFun.org for providing me with this trip of a lifetime!

  • Billie
    2018-11-25 18:29

    While my Disney side (which is really just ME in entirety!) adored this book, the reader in me had a few issues.Disney Me: WOW! I LOVED LOVED LOVED all the detail about WDW. It felt like I was right back there, seeing all the things Hawk did. This book was like an adult version of Ridley Pearson's Kingdom Keepers series. (Which I am also a huge fan of!) I really enjoyed reading about what Hawk saw and did. Being such a huge Disney fan, he really hit the nail on the head with the parks detail.Bad side of Disney Me: We did not venture to EPCOT! *Pout* EPCOT is way better than HWS!Also, I was NOT impressed with the ending. Not the part about what happened to Hawk, but the OTHER part, you know what part I am talking about. The part that is one of the biggest Walt Disney myths. That was just lame. Even being a HUGE Disney fan, there is no way I think that is even remotely true and I don't like that Dixon being a Disney fan, used that myth. That made the story cheap and degrading.Reader Me: Problems I see with this book. Hawk is a preacher. Hmmm. Most good, Christian men do not think it is a good idea to do illegal things like break into Disney World's restricted areas or get into fist fights. The story would have been a lot better without Hawk being a preacher. It made Hawk seem like a bad person because he should have higher standards than that.The over use of things. Example: "The key fit into the lock but hit resistance." Just the deal with using the SAME scenario OVER AND OVER again drives me bonkers! I get that it was magical when the key fit something! I don't need those types of details about how it fit in the lock!If this book was not about Disney, it is not something I would read. But it was about Disney and that is all that matters! I look forward to reading the next book, Unlocking the Kingdom: The Battle for Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom

  • Aaron Heinly
    2018-12-08 00:50

    Fantastic book! Reminds me a lot of Ready Player One. An epic, high stakes scavenger hunt in which only a great knowledge of pop culture trivia can save the day. There's adventure, suspense, twists, tons of fascinating Disney facts, and a fun romanticizing of the legend of Walt Disney. The most disappointing aspect of this book is that it's fiction. As a reader, you find yourself wanting it to be a biography.

  • Jenn
    2018-11-17 22:27

    First of all, I don't like Christian fiction. It's generally very heavy handed with the religious references and talking NONSTOP about trusting in God, relying on God, blah, blah, blah. I admit that because the main character is a pastor, I gave him a little more leeway in his God references. Though, when you get to the end of this book, you'll see that the main character's belief and profession really had NOTHING to do with the plot. He could easily have been any other profession. God is not a character in this book.I really liked the ride in this one. I enjoyed all the Disney tidbits. It's always fun to have something mentioned where you've actually been, so it was neat to read and think, "I've seen that!" There were a few things in the book that annoyed me. Do we need to have a description of how Hawk inserts the key and turns it one way and it won't move, and then turn the other way and it does move EVERY SINGLE TIME? There were a lot of repetitive instances in the book. In the end, I did enjoy it, but found the ending to be a little scattered. The very last BIG REVEAL was just too silly. I also found the overall reveal in the end to be too unbelievable. But I still very much enjoyed the ride. I understand there's a sequel. I don't think I'd read any more, but I would recommend this to big Disney fans.

  • Deanna
    2018-11-17 00:37

    Key to the Kingdom is full of Walt Disney trivia and talks in detail about many of Disney World’s features. Not having ever been to Disney World nor not knowing many facts about Walt Disney or his amusement parks and other family entertainment, this book was an eye opener for me. I believe the setting of the church in its own village with members who believe and love all-things Disney is definitely unique and a wonderful touch to the story. As the story progresses we find that the pastor Grayson Hawkes ends up on a mission to figure out what the key he was given belongs to. Drawn into believing that the answer lies with Disney World, Hawkes finds himself, a Disney employee, and members of his church surrounded by sinister doings and a mystery and that only they can help him solve. While the story only focused on Disney, I found myself likening the title to the Biblical perspective and thought I would see a parallel to someone searching for the Key to eternal life or at least a reference to the rich young ruler who asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. However, this book focused more on the mystery and those it surrounded rather than putting some emphasis to the Biblical perspective from Hawkes. All in all, it was a good read that I am sure Disney lovers and fans would love to read.I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.

  • Cherie Kasper
    2018-12-06 01:40

    Dr. Grayson Hawkes, affectionately known as Hawk to almost everyone, is thrown headlong into a mysterious treasure hunt by a longtime friend Farren Rales, an Imagineer at Walt Disney Company. From the first page to the last Hawk is sent from one place to another, uncovering clues which he then has to unravel to find the next clue, and a piece of the final puzzle. Danger follows him everywhere as he at first works alone and then brings in his closest friends that worked together at his church in Celebration. And thrown in to the mix is a woman that Hawk begins to trust, but should he? Hawk is the pastor at the church and an unlikely person to get involved with all the intracacies of Walt Disney World, or is he?All through the book the author, Jeff Dixon, has included details that most of the time are hidden in plain sight all throughout Walt Disney World. Hawk, a character, as does the author, Jeff, knows a lot about Walt Disney World after having spent a lot of time there touring and working. Hawk knows so much trivia it’s hard to keep track of though a person who loves trivia, especially Walt Disney trivia, is going to love this book. I knew nothing about it, and now think it would be exciting just to go to Walt Disney World to see all the items written about. I received a copy of the book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.

  • Susan
    2018-11-12 17:31

    I love Disney World. So, when I heard that there was a book out about Disney World, I was anxious to read it.The book is about a pastor, Hawk, who is given a key by a friend. The friend then mysteriously disappears, but not before telling Hawk that he needs to use the key to begin unlocking various clues to a mystery. These clues are all located in the various Disney parks, so along the way you learn Disney trivia as you follow Hawk on some pretty scary adventures.I love that this book is very family friendly. The dialogue has no profanity. It would be fine to read after dinner out loud to your family. I also loved the various Disney World references. Having visited in 2008, I could relate to the descriptions of Main Street, Expedition Everest, and more. It was kind of like a cheap return visit for me :)To improve “Key to the Kingdom,” I’d pare it down a bit as I found it a little over-written. I think the author could have cut it from 260 pages to about 180 and not really lost anything. He also is in desperate need of an editor for the book, which troubled me since I’m a stickler for proper spelling and punctuation. These issues caused me to rate this book 3 stars rather than 4.

  • ChrisGA
    2018-11-16 17:51

    This book was a delightful adventure that was part treasure hunt and part personal quest set in the “magic” of Disney World. Hawk is given a key to the kingdom Walt Disney built by a trusted friend who was the last of the Disney “Imagineers” to actual have worked with Walt. From the moment the key is passed to Hawk, he is chased by unknown bad guys and lands in and out of trouble as he follows clues from one area of the theme park to another. A lot is made of the need to keep the values and dreams of Walt Disney alive, and the solution to the giant puzzle appears to be an answer. I have never been to Disneyland or Disney World, so I was dependent on the author’s descriptions in solving the riddles given by an electronic Mickey Mouse toy. Much of the action took place “behind the scenes” in off limits areas, but other clues were found in places readily accessible to tourists today. The entire story is clean, fun, exciting and packed to the rafters with Disney info. Very enjoyable I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are solely mine.

  • Carly
    2018-12-13 23:36

    I haven’t been to Disney World since I was a little girl, so I am not terribly familiar with all the rides and attractions that are there now, so I knew I was going to entertained and interested by the Disney trivia in this book. I’m not even a big Disney fan, but it is a place I would love to visit again, especially after reading The Key to the Kingdom. I had such a good time reading this book, so much better than I had expected. Not only is the story interesting, but all the trivia and the entire mystery of the book kept my attention and made this a fast read. It didn’t take any time at all for me to get into this story. Jeff Dixon really did an excellent job with the pace of the story and with adding interesting elements at just the right times.You don’t have to be a Disney fan to enjoy The Key to the Kingdom, but it does help to have a good imagination and to love a good mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. It is a good nerd book, and I mean that in a most flattering way because I am a nerd and I appreciate books like this and this kind of writing.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-16 18:32

    I couldn't put this book down! Every time I started to, something else would happen! And when I wasn't reading, my mind was twisting the puzzle around trying to guess what might happen next. I've rarely read a book that so completely captured my attention. :)I love how Mr. Dixon incorporated so much Disney trivia throughout the story. I thought I was a big Disney fan until I read this book! I've got nothing on Grayson Hawkes! It wasn't just about Walt Disney, but also about his family, his movies, and the Disney parks. I would’ve given it 5 stars, but I had a hard time keeping up sometimes - probably because I was reading so fast to find out what was going to happen next. Also, maybe because I've never been to Walt Disney World. I believe I would have enjoyed it more had I been there and knew more of where Hawk was during the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good adventure and who is a big fan of all things Disney.I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion, which I have given.

  • Sonya Edwards
    2018-11-27 19:29

    This read like a grown up version of Ridley Pearson's "Kingdom Keepers" series. While the premise is the same - an ordinary person must help a Disney Insider save the Magic of the company and Walt's dream, I was pleased to see that Dixon did remember that his intended audience is adults. I enjoy Pearson's take as a series for children/young adults and when I realized Dixon's novel was heading in the same direction, I nearly put it down. I'm glad I didn't as I did enjoy the story. While the main character is a preacher, I enjoyed the fact that this only made up a part of his character. It drove his actions and his relationships with other people, but his character did not preach or push views on the reading audience. The little details about Disney behind the scenes and after hours are slightly more believable than Pearson's and are fun for Disney fans from novice to expert.

  • Amy
    2018-11-17 20:33

    This book was amazing. I am a huge Disney fan so going on this mystery/scavenger hunt with our main character Hawk was really fun. I loved that this book took place over 7 days, kind of like a vacation itself. There were a lot of twists and turns and I learned so much about Disney and Disney trivia I had not known before. I really want to go to Walt Disney World now and see everything Hawk did. I always knew Disney Imagineers put a lot of detail and imagination in their work. I would like to take a day and just walk around the park and look at all the extra details. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. I look forward to reading his second book. I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.

  • Debora Wilder
    2018-11-17 22:32

    This is a magically written treasure hunt.I received a free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.Grayson “Hawk” Hawkes is the senior pastor of a church near Disney World in central Florida. He is given a mysterious key which launches him on an exciting treasure hunt taking him through much of The Magic Kingdom.Many of the areas (both public and behind-the-scenes) are described in great detail. Much of the history of the development of Disney World is given.After reading this book I find myself wishing I had the time and money to go on an extended vacation to Disney World. Instead I am going to have to be satisfied with reading the sequel to this book, “Unlocking the Kingdom.”It was a thoroughly enjoyable book to read and I highly recommend it.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-23 23:29

    It's a fun book with an interesting plot that takes you on a wild romp around the parks that so many people are familiar with already. I know that the next time I visit Disney World I'll think about Hawk's adventures there too. The writing is a little repetitive at times and there were some typos, but not a huge number, which is a feat for a free Kindle book in my experience. The main character is a preacher so that plays into his character development a little bit but the books isn't preachy or heavy-handed about it. I wasn't sure if this was going to be too cheesy to put up with reading, but I found it engaging and perfect for reading a chapter right before bed.

  • Caitlin Chciuk
    2018-11-30 20:24

    This book was just what I needed. I have been in a post-Disney vacation slump for over a month now, and I've been trying to read every book related to Disney World that I could get my hands on. Most of the books have been purely factual, but I loved this blend of fact and fiction. I loved the "I know exactly what you're talking about" moments, especially when Hawk took the Keys to the Kingdom tour (a tour my family took on our recent trip). Overall, I thought it was very well done; I especially liked learning new things about WDW that I didn't know!

  • Mary Host
    2018-11-29 17:49

    I was at Epcot years ago, but otherwise know very little about Disney World or Disney trivia. I was immediately drawn into the story when a friend gives Hawk a key and a clue and then disappears. From then on, I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride. Hawk figures out a clue, receives another one and off he goes again. He hardly has time to sleep because he knows enemies are on his trail and are trying to steal his finds. When the story ends, I'm ready to read the next book!I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.

  • Lesa Neace
    2018-12-03 01:28

    Jeff Dixon’s “The Key to the Kingdom” and “Unlocking the Kingdom” are a pair of books that offer a great read to both mystery buffs and fans of Disney World. Heaped full of Disney trivia and insider views of the Magic Kingdom, the story in both books takes the reader on a whirlwind ride full of mystery, magic and excitement (much like the place itself). The reader can either follow the clues or just sit back and enjoy the ride, or both! I received this book from the publisher and bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.

  • Cynthia Jones
    2018-12-03 01:29

    Must read for Disney fans everywhere!!!As a slightly fanatical fan of all things Disney, I read this book straight through and flipped pages faster and faster as I progressed! What a ride!I especially loved the detail about the parks. Having visited Disney World many times, I found myself walking the streets and seeing the well-researched details provided by the author. Although the ending is a bit beyond believable, you never know with Disney. The characters are well described and developed, and the storyline progresses quickly.Two Ears up!

  • Renee Deleon
    2018-11-24 17:49

    I originally ordered this book for my daughter, but when it arrived and I discovered it is intended more for an adult audience, I read it myself. As a frequent Disney vacationer, I enjoyed the many references to places in the parks that I am very familiar with. My family loves One Man's Dream at HS, so having this as the setting containing one of the main clues was very entertaining. This is a great story leaving the reader to piece clues together while being immersed in the magic of Disney. I do feel some of the editing is weak, thus my reason for only giving a four star rating.

  • Robyn Roberts morris
    2018-11-25 17:34

    As a fan of Disney, I really enjoyed this book. My daughter (11) also read this book. We thought the factual fiction was wonderful, as we went to Disney World shortly after finishing book and were able to spot some of the factual details from the book. It gave us a new way to walk around the parks and pay more attention to the details that the Imagineers put into the parks. I have already recommended this book to several friends.