Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird
What a fun experience I just had reading this series! As I read it I couldn’t stop thinking how this is the exact type of story that would make a great live action family film for Disney. Disney has struggled recently to make these types of films successful but this could be done for 80 million so there is little risk. Let me go back to the beginning.
The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland had a lot of up and downs. You can watch a great video about the history of the Haunted Mansion on Fresh Baked Disney’s YouTube channel. After that you should watch all their history videos they are top notch!
There were a lot of different versions of The Haunted Mansion planned but the final version of which we have today was supposed to have an addition to complement the experience. A walk through attraction called The Museum of the Weird. It was even announced in 1965 by Walt Disney himself and was being designed by Rolly Crump a legendary Imagineer.
That brings us to today where Marvel and Disney started producing a comic series called Disney Kingdoms. They currently have 2 completed titles (Seekers of the Weird and Figment) and 1 currently being released monthly (Big Thunder Mountain Railroad).
I recommend picking up the hardcover collection for Seekers of the Weird. It has a great introduction by Rolly Crump and he talks about working with Walt Disney and his process for creating attractions.
The story follows a brother, a sister and their uncle who have to rescue their parents from The Shadow Society. This takes them on a magical adventure through The Museum of the Weird and they have to do it without having much trust for their uncle.
What I liked about this story was the fast pace, the new world it created and how you really don’t have any idea what is going on until the very end. I highly recommend this book and here’s hoping it gets made into a movie!