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- no_soprano - When the Disney theme parks installed the holographic hosts, which are known as DHIs (Dayling Hologram Imagining) and (Disney Host Interactive), they had no idea what was in store. Finn, Maybeck, Willa, Charlene, and Philby are the five DHIs, and they are also high schoolers. Sometimes when the kids go to sleep, they wake up in one of the Disney parks, as their holograms. In book 1 they wake up in WDW. When they go on these visits, there is trouble brewing caused by the Overtakers, also known as the Disney villains. The Overtakers are trying to take over the Disney parks. With the help of an old imagineer, who personally knew Walt Disney, two powerful sisters, and the help of each other, they try to overcome the Overtakers. I highly recommend all seven books in the series.
October 10, 2005
This far-fetched, high-concept story will find an audience despite its fuzzy premise and the creaky workings of its plot. Finn Whitman, 13, is one of five "hologram hosts," middle-school students whose likenesses have been digitally captured so they can appear constantly, guiding visitors around Disney's Magic Kingdom. Finn awakens one night, inside the park, as his hologram self. He's met by Wayne, one of the original "Imagineers," who tells Finn that all five hosts are needed to solve a riddle left by Walt to prevent the villainous "Overtakers" from wreaking havoc inside the gates and throughout the world. Their mission to solve the puzzle, which involves 3-D glasses and trips inside rides such as It's a Small World and Splash Mountain is enough fun that most readers will set aside some nagging questions (e.g., how did Walt, who died five years before the park opened, leave clues inside structures that hadn't been built yet, and why are a bunch of seventh-graders the only ones who can save the place?). The threat rings hollow anyway. Only one "Overtaker" materializes—Maleficent, the witch from Disney's Sleeping Beauty
. Finn is the sole fleshed-out character (the two girl hosts are given little to do and seem indistinguishable), and some passages read like an ad (as when Wayne catologues the Disney empire: "the Disney parks, the cruise line, the Broadway shows, the Web sites, Disney on Ice"). Still, with Finn and friends traversing tunnels and battling the creepy Audio-Animatronic characters, readers will likely line up for this ride. Ages 10-up.
January 1, 2006
Gr 5-8 -Using cutting-edge technology, five Florida teens have been transformed into Holographic Hosts at Disney World. Their images appear throughout the Magic Kingdom, giving visitors information about the various attractions. It all seems to be going well, until the participants begin having disturbing dreams that start affecting their everyday lives. They sneak in after the park has closed, and Wayne, a retired -Imagineer, - directs them in their fight against the Dark Side, embodied by Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Audio-animatronic pirates from "The Pirates of the Caribbean" travel through the Magic Kingdom in the little cars from the Buzz Lightyear ride. The dolls from -It's a Small World - clamber into the boats and start biting the occupants. Cinderella's Castle is filled with an eye-popping array of staircases, à la Escher. There's a certain coolness factor for the notion that people could be both human and hologram at the same time, and the illicit thrill of seeing all the things you don't normally get to see (both real and imaginary) makes this a must-read for serious Disney fans. However, readers never really get to know any of the characters well, except for Finn, the narrator, and the mystery is so convoluted that it's hard to follow, and even harder to care about. Additional." -Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library"
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