A series of novels written by Ridley Pearson, [[HeAlsoDid otherwise known for writing horror and suspense novels]] as well as another Creator/{{Disney}} series ''Literature/PeterAndTheStarcatchers'', that take place in and around [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]].

Finn Whitman is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who lives in Orlando near Walt Disney World. He and four other teenagers from the area - [[TheChick Willa]], a shy girl with a love for animals, [[TheLancer Maybeck]], a snarky distrusting boy, [[TheBigGuy Charlene]], an athletic girl, and [[TheSmartGuy Philby]], a homework loving boy - are selected to be turned into [=DHIs=], holographic hosts for the Magic Kingdom that would give prerecorded speeches to guests. However, soon after they find themselves being transported into the park at night when they fall asleep. There they learn from an elderly Imagineer named Wayne that they were chosen specifically to stop the plot of the Overtakers, a group of villains apparently led by [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]]. The Overtakers scheme to take over the park and beyond, and since they start out InvisibleToNormals, the Imagineers needed someone to stop them. Along the way, they have to deal with two mysterious girls: Amanda, a schoolmate of Finn's who has an interest in him, and Jez, a {{goth}}-like girl. Both of them appear to be hiding something.

There are seven books in the original series:
# ''Disney After Dark'' (2005)
# ''Disney at Dawn'' (2008)
# ''Disney in Shadow'' (2010)
# ''Power Play'' (2011)
# ''Shell Game'' (2012)
# ''Dark Passage''(2013)
# ''The Insider'' (2014)

In 2015, a Spin-off novella, ''The Syndrome'' was released, followed by the first book of [[SequelSeries ''The Return''.]] The Return will be a trilogy:
# ''Disney Lands'' (2015)
# ''Legacy of Secrets'' (2016)
!!The books provide examples of:

* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Jack Sparrow and Tia Dalma. However, Tia Dalma was always a WildCard and Jack [[AntiHero wasn't exactly a saint to begin with.]]
* AllPartOfTheShow: The final battle in the first book.
** As well as several other confrontations.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Finn's parents.
* AncientConspiracy: [[spoiler: Amery Hollingsworth and his Legacy of Secrets.]]
* AntagonistTitle: Legacy of Secrets refers to [[spoiler: Amery Hollingsworth and his BigScrewedUpFamily]]
* ArtisticLicense:
** Frollo speaks with a French Accent. [[FridgeBrilliance The Hunchback of Notre Dame is set in France so this makes sense.]]
** Chernabog is a cross between [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the Minotaur]] and a Mayan bat god, [[SadlyMythtaken rather than the Slavic god of darkness he is in Fantasia.]]
** None of the animal characters can talk. However Timon and Pumbaa being able to speak in Book 7 suggests that they can talk, but [[InvisibleToNormals Humans aren't able to hear them.]]
* AscendedFanboy: The [=DHIs=].
* {{Asexuality}}: Philby.
* BackForTheDead:
** [[spoiler: Dillard pops back in during book five, but is killed at the end of book 6.]]
** [[spoiler: After being conspicuously absent for most of book 5 and all of book 6, Cruella de Vil reappears mid way through book 7 and is killed a few chapters later.]]
* BackFromTheDead: A lot of villains that were killed in the movies they were in.
** [[spoiler: Tia Dalma resurrects Maleficent at the end of Legacy of Secrets]]
* BareYourMidriff: Amanda is noted to do this, as is Charlene's VMK form.
* BigBad: Chernabog. When he's not present, it's Maleficent, and when ''she's'' not present, the Evil Queen.
** [[spoiler: And now there's the possibility that Maleficent has overthrown Hades after being sent to hell, making her an even greater threat.]]
* BiggerBad: The Return trilogy sets up [[spoiler: Amery Hollingsworth as this, being the one ultimately responsible for both the creation of the Overtakers and Barracks 14.]]
** In the original series, Chernabog often acts as this when he is not present.
** [[spoiler: Maleficent is speculated to be this, now that she has seemingly conquered Hades.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: The Imagineers in the first book.
** Ariel and Mulan in the fourth.
** Stitch and King Triton (By proxy in the latter's case) in the fifth.
* BittersweetEnding:
** Disney At Dawn: [[spoiler: The team has rescued Jess, but Wayne has been captured, Maleficent succeeds in freeing Chernabog, and the two villains escape in a freezer truck.]]
** Power Play: [[spoiler: Maleficent and Chernabog's prison break is successful, but the Disney characters are pitching in to help the Kingdom Keepers in the battle against evil.]]
** Dark Passage: [[spoiler: Maleficent has been KilledOffForReal, Tia Dalma has been captured, and Chernabog is trapped forever in the underground labyrinth. But Finn is tricked into accidentally killing Dillard, leaving him extremely shaken.]]
** The Insider: [[spoiler: Disneyland is saved, Mickey has returned, and peace has been restored to the kingdom. But the Overtakers' leadership [[VillainExitStageLeft remains at large]] and [[AndTheAdventureContinues Wayne left the Keepers more mysteries to solve.]]]]
** Legacy of Secrets: [[spoiler: In the past, the Keepers have solved the mystery and temporarily thwarted Hollingsworth's schemes, and Finn is reunited with Amanda when she comes back into the past. But now they have to wrestle with the question of whether to change the past and prevent the Overtakers from ever existing, while in the present Maleficent has come BackFromTheDead.]]
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Finn's only "borrowing" Creator/WaltDisney's pen.
* BlowYouAway: Maleficent, briefly.
* BoundAndGagged: Maybeck when he's kidnapped in the first book. Also, Finn attempts this in the fourth book.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Jez, or Jess, as her real name is. [[Disney/LiloandStitch Stitch]] is this way at the beginning of the third book, but is back to normal by the fifth.
* TheCameo: For a series taking place inside the Disney theme parks, several of these are to be expected.
* CassandraGambit: How Disney and the DHIs uphold TheMasquerade. Who would believe that a bunch of fictional characters are trying to TakeOverTheWorld?
* ChickMagnet: Nearly every female teenager is attracted to Finn. Maybeck claims to be this trope as well.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Deconstructed. The entire reason the world's in danger is because enough people believe in the Overtakers to let them come alive.
* CreepyMonotone: The Crash-test dummies speak in this manner.
* CurseCutShort: In ''Shell Game'' Maleficent was in the middle of calling Ariel the B-word before being attacked by a legion of crabs.
* CutHimselfShaving: Finn explaining his injuries to his mother.
* DamselInDistress:
** [[spoiler: Jess]] for most of the second book.
*** [[spoiler: Willa]] becomes this when she gets captured while trying to rescue [[spoiler: Jess]]
** [[spoiler: [[IHaveYourWife Finn's mom]]]] in book 5. Played with, however: [[spoiler: she isn't captured, but spends most of the book BrainwashedAndCrazy, forcing Finn to figure out how to free her.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Dark Passage
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** Dark Passage gives readers insight into Greg Luowski's point of view.
** The Insider shows Tia Dalma's efforts to rescue Chernabog and the Evil Queen from her perspective, as opposed to the readers (and heroes) finding out about it after the fact.
*** Book 7 also features a chapter from the point of view of [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Violet]] in the aftermath of the final battle as she reflects on what just happened.
** The Syndrome puts the focus solely on Amanda, Jess, and Mattie.
* DeadpanSnarker: Maybeck.
* DeadlyDodging: Against the T-Rex at ''Big Thunder Mountain Railroad''.
* DemBones: The T-Rex skeleton at ''Big Thunder Mountain Railroad'' (the train goes through this right before the final set of brakes).
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: Ursula was doing this to Storey Ming all along]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: When [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsa]] shows up in Book 5, Philby is ''immediately'' distracted by her beauty and barely able to form a coherent sentence together, while Finn finds himself, to his confusion, getting envious on how she talks to Philby first.
* DistressedDude:
** [[spoiler: Maybeck]] in book 1.
** [[spoiler: Philby]] in book 2.
** [[spoiler: Wayne]] for the end of book 2 and most of book 3.
** [[spoiler: Dillard]] in the last third of book 6.
* DoesNotLikeShoes[=/=]BarefootSage[=/=]MagicalBarefooter: Tia Dalma is described as perpetually barefoot; it is also said that despite her AdaptationalVillainy, she still gave the feel of ageless wisdom.
* TheDragon: Maleficent for Chernabog, Frollo for the Evil Queen.
** DragonInChief: Maleficent. She does so much more than any of the other villains, Chernabog included, and it's obvious that Chernabog would never have been freed without her. And while Wayne said that she was a pawn, [[spoiler: after her death, this may not be true anymore, supposedly taking control of hell from behind the scenes.]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Wayne.
* DrowningPit: ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' under Maleficent's control.
* EccentricMentor: Wayne
* EldritchAbomination: Chernabog
* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler: the seventh book reveals that the increasingly public actions of the Overtakers that led to the creation of the team in the first place was the result of a power struggle between Maleficent and Ursula.]]
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Thanks to Maleficent.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: A pair appears in the beginning of ''Disney at Dawn'', foreshadowing the book taking place in The Animal Kingdom.
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: Storey Ming. [[DemonicPossession It wasn't exactly willing, though.]]]]
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: Maleficent, oh so much.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Storey Ming is a appears in the heroes' lives unexpectedly in Book 5. The male characters are all immediately attracted to her despite having just met her and not knowing if they can really trust her. This makes sense considering how [[spoiler: Ursula essentially pulled the exact same thing with Prince Eric in Disney/TheLittleMermaid, providing a subtle clue to who Storey Ming [[DemonicPossession really is.]]]]
** After an earthquake in Book 7, Overtaker {{Mooks}} are seen putting out fires that started because of the damage to natural gas lines. [[spoiler: this is later revealed to be because they're waiting for the gases released by the earthquake to collect inside Disneyland before [[SetTheWorldOnFire igniting it all at once with a jury-rigged lightning rod.]]]]
* FrickinLaserBeams: The ''Space Ranger Spin'' becomes a lot more real after you cross over.
* GoodCostumeSwitch: Jez[[spoiler: /Jess]]
* GrandFinale: The Return
* GrumpyBear: Maybeck
* HalfHumanHybrid: Fairlies are human/fairy offspring.
* HazardousWater: Splash Mountain.
* HeroSecretService: The Disney employees who aren't [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Obstructive Bureaucrats]] are usually this trope.
** [[spoiler: Violet and Elsa serve as Mickey Mouse's bodyguards while he and the Keepers get into position for the final battle with Chernabog in the seventh book.]]
** [[spoiler: Mulan also serves as a getaway driver for the Keepers in book 4.]]
* IdiotBall: In the first book, Finn and Philby explore ''Splash Mountain'' without a log car or any plan to survive the big drop.
* ISurrenderSuckers: The plan for defeating Maleficent.
* InvisibleToNormals: The Overtakers and other Disney characters.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: When Ursula is defeated in Book 7, [[DemonicPossession Storey Ming]] loses all memory of everything that happened after Ursula took her as a host.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Jez is brainwashed, she's Amanda's sister, and they're both magic.
* LegionOfDoom: The Overtakers.
* LetMeGetThisStraight
* LowerDeckEpisode: The Syndrome. While Amanda and Jess are just as much part of the main characters as the rest of the Kingdom Keepers, The Syndrome is entirely from their perspective, along with their friend and fellow Fairly Mattie, introduced in Dark Passage.
* TheMasquerade: The Overtakers hide behind one to avoid attracting attention, knowing that [[CassandraTruth nobody outside of those who already know would believe that a bunch of fictional bad guys are trying to]] TakeOverTheWorld
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover
* MechaMooks: The Audio-Animatronics used in the rides are brought to life and used by the Overtakers.
* MuggleBestFriend: Dillard, though the best friend part is lost once Finn becomes a DHI.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "I'm Jez. Short for Jezebel. It's from Literature/TheBible."
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Audio-Animatronic Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean riding [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Buzz Lightyear's]] Space Ranger Spin cars!
* NoodleIncident: How Maybeck's aunt Jelly got her nickname.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Higher up Disney employees and Imagineers tend to be this in later books. Particularly in The Return trilogy. Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] given that they have to deal with megalomaniacal villains on top of running the company on a day to day basis, so the Obstructive part only comes when their way of handling a situation conflicts with the heroes' way of doing it.
* ObviouslyEvil: Jez wears black, has pale skin, and that name...
** Subverted in the end though; she's not really evil, just brainwashed by Maleficent.
* Official Couple: Finn and Amanda appear to be this, although despite acknowledging their feelings for each other in [[SequelSeries The Return]], they still haven't officially gotten together yet.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: The Keepers.
* ParentalAbandonment: Maybeck's parents "aren't around". Also, Amanda and Jez live alone with no supervision.
* PerkyGoth: Jez, with good reason.
* PlayingWithFire: Maleficent can throw fireballs.
* PosthumousCharacter: WaltDisney himself.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Invoked on the "it's a small world" ride.
* PunnyName: Fairlies are "fairly human".
* ResignedToTheCall: Some of the kids aren't too happy with their new position, but as Finn points out they're going to cross over every night anyway.
* RenegadeSplinterFaction: The Insider reveals that [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Urusla]] and an unspecified number of others are part of one.
** Before that, Power Play indicates that Jafar and Shan-Yu are each working independently of the Overtakers.
* RhymesOnADime: There's a scene in the first book where Finn's thoughts become this way.
* RogerRabbitEffect
* RomanticFalseLead: Storey Ming for all major pairings from Book 5 to Book 6. [[spoiler: Revealed in Book 7 to be a weaponized version of this trope so [[DemonicPossession Ursula]] could manipulate the Keepers into destroying Maleficent for her.]]
* SecretWar: the conflict between the Kingdom Keepers and the Overtakers.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Finn in the first book.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Creator/WaltDisney's first pen.
** And an actual sword in the third book, stolen from Maelstrom.
* VillainEpisode: Dark Passage and The Insider contain several chapters from the point of view of Greg Luowski and Tia Dalma, respectively.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Now part of Maleficent's bag of tricks.
* YouAreGrounded: Finn in the first book, though this only allows him to go to bed early without suspicion.
** A constant worry for some of the Keepers.
* YourMindMakesItReal: The rule of the DHI form seems to be that you're as solid as you believe yourself to be. Somewhat averted in version 2.0
** Arguably all the Disney characters who are coming to life because everyone believes in them so much.
* YoureInsane: Philby's parents think this whenever he mentioned the DHI crossover.