Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.
Written by: Jeff Dixon
Publication Date: November 20, 2012
About this Book
Unlock what never was…to protect what is yet to be… Uncanny knowledge about Walt Disney and the worlds he created has granted Grayson Hawkes the key to the kingdom. His meteoric rise to the top of the most innovative company on the planet has thrust him into the spotlight—and the future holds unlimited possibilities.
In this sequel to The Key to the Kingdom, Dixon intertwines mystery and history. This time, Hawkes must protect the kingdom he has been given from those who desire to have it as their own—because, even in Walt Disney World, there are those who want to take what is not theirs.
He’ll discover more secrets, recall more fascinating Disney trivia, and remember that the art of telling a great story is sometimes found in the details.
Being a busy mother allows me little time to read for pleasure anymore. That is, outside of the princess and fairy chapter books that I often share with my daughter. However, when I heard about Unlocking the Kingdom, I knew that this was one book I needed to find time for.
The book is set in my favorite place– Walt Disney World. It follows the crazy life of Grayson Hawkes– a local preacher turned guy in charge at the most Magical Place on Earth. His story is almost surreal yet completely infatuating. Grayson lives above the old fire station on Main Street, walks through the park after it closes at night, and has an office in the beautiful Bay Lake Towers. It’s a life that I can only imagine.
Through a series of circumstances and events orchestrated by Walt Disney himself, Hawkes oversees Walt Disney World while striving to unlock all the magic that it encompasses. The story contains so much trivia and so many details that it was easy to picture Grayson Hawkes running through my favorite Magic Kingdom attractions. It made me wish that I was back there, running right alongside him.
Unlocking the Kingdom was truly a fascinating read. If nothing else, it reminded me of what a great storyteller Walt Disney was. Storytelling was an element that he carefully wove into every attraction and experience at Walt Disney World. This is something that I am proud to see carried out by the Cast Members that work in the parks today.
It also made me appreciate all the little details even more. After all, the details are often what makes a good story really great.
Unlocking the Kingdom is definitely a worthwhile read. Fair warning, though– it just might make you start planning your next trip to the Happiest Place on Earth.