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Entertaining memoir of trip to Orlando that saves me the trouble of going there
on 4 June 2012
Having never been to Disney World Florida and having a vague feeling that perhaps I ought to some day, I picked up this book in the hope that it would persuade me one way or the other - and also hoping for an insight into what it was like to be a "cast member". Had I read the blurb properly, I would have realised that the author wasn't working in Disneyland itself (guess I'll have to look elsewhere for that), but it was still a very enjoyable read, following the exploits of a brave young woman who had followed her dream - and came out of the whole experience with that dream still intact (always uplifting to hear that can happen!)
Her down-to-earth humour, honesty and ever-growing self-knowledge made this an endearing read, even though it didn't actually talk that much about Disney. I learned about a lot of places that I hadn't heard of before, e.g. a town called Celebration, Walt Disney's answer to Lord Leverhulme's Port Sunlight community.
But overall I enjoyed spending time with her enough to buy her next travelogue too, Backpacked, and to be rather hoping that she'll write more in the same vein.
Incidentally, the title and cover were eye-catching and engaging, but maybe it's a bit of a misnomer - Mouse Catherine was very happy to be trapped and I get the feeling she'd be straight back there again given half the chance (oh, and a visa). Full marks for making me buy a book I'd never heard of, though!