Book Review: The Key To The Kingdom

5 Jul

Every locked door holds something behind it . . .

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. 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. 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 only be opened by an ancient key. His world becomes even more complicated when he is captivated by mysterious woman, causing him to make a series of choices that takes his faith to the brink. 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.

My Impressions:

Born and raised in Central Florida, I grew up with the Disney experience.  My first trip to The Magic Kingdom came on my 12th birthday, 6 months after the park opened. Until I went away to college, I visited at least 3 times a year — from birthday celebrations of friends to after hours concerts and grad night hosted by Disney World.  (It was a lot cheaper then!)  I had friends that were cast members at the park.  My father’s company helped develop the train system for Disney, so he got a behind the scenes tour prior to its opening.  So when when I got a chance to read Jeff Dixon’s new book, The Key To The Kingdom, I was excited and intrigued.  Was there anything new I didn’t already know.  Oh yeah, there was A LOT  to learn!

The Key To The Kingdom is a fast-paced mystery/scavenger hunt set within the Walt Disney World parks.  Pastor Grayson “Hawk” Hawkes receives a golden key from friend and head Imagineer, Farren Rales.  Hawk is told to do what Walt Disney would do and to use the key.  At first, Hawk stumbles around with little direction.  But after finding his own personalized Pal Mickey, he is soon on the right track to solve the mystery of Rales disappearance and to truly hold the key to the kingdom.  Hawk runs into various cast members along the way, but can he really trust anyone with his quest?  Hawk’s search is full of twists and turn, villains and protectors.  And you will NEVER guess the ending.

I really enjoyed all of the Disney trivia and secrets described and revealed within this book’s pages.  The Magic Kingdom came alive for me  — I was that 12 year old birthday girl again seeing the park for the first time.  A good mystery, Dixon’s novel will really appeal to lovers of all things Disney — and who doesn’t love Disney!


I will be sitting down with Jeff next Monday at the International Christian Retail Show. If you have any questions for him about his ministry, The Key To The Kingdom, or his next projects, leave me a comment and I will be sure to ask him.

(I received The Key To The Kingdom from Bring It On! Communications in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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