Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida

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"A unique book by a brilliantly witty, instantly loveable author... I couldn't put it down."
--Trashionista.com, Top 10 Reads of 2010

Three big dreams, two Mouse Ears and one J-1 visa. What could possibly go wrong in the happiest place on earth?

When Catherine Ryan Howard decides to swap the grey clouds of Ireland for the clear skies of the Sunshine State, she thinks all of her dreams - working in Walt Disney World, living in the United ...

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Overview

"A unique book by a brilliantly witty, instantly loveable author... I couldn't put it down."
--Trashionista.com, Top 10 Reads of 2010

Three big dreams, two Mouse Ears and one J-1 visa. What could possibly go wrong in the happiest place on earth?

When Catherine Ryan Howard decides to swap the grey clouds of Ireland for the clear skies of the Sunshine State, she thinks all of her dreams - working in Walt Disney World, living in the United States, seeing a Space Shuttle launch - are about to come true.

Ahead of her she sees weekends at the beach, mornings by the pool and an inexplicably skinnier version of herself skipping around Magic Kingdom. But not long into her first day on Disney soil - and not long after a breakfast of Mickey-shaped pancakes - Catherine's bubble bursts and soon it seems that among Orlando's baked highways, monotonous mall clusters and world famous theme parks, pixie dust is hard to find and hair is downright impossible to straighten.

The only memoir about Space Shuttle launches, the town that Disney built, religious theme parks, Bruce Willis, humidity-challenged hair, the Ebola virus and - oh, yeah - working in Walt Disney World, MOUSETRAPPED: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida is the hilarious story of what happened when one Irish girl went searching for happiness in the happiest place on earth.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART 1: An Irish Girl in a Disney World

The Call of the Mouse | Arrival | Mousetrapped | Apartment Living | Orientation | Stop This Train | Into the Kingdom | Not So Happy Holidays

PART 2: Good Morning, America!

Miles in America | Mission Space | The Town That Disney Built | Adventures in Humidity | Coffee Has Two 'f's | Go for Launch | In God We Trust | Farewell

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456559816
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/7/2011
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 1,357,362
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

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    Enjoyable Travel Adventure

    I am about a quarter of the way through this book and so far it is a light interesting travelogue about a young woman traveling from overseas and experiencing the unique world of Orlando Fl and working for Disney. It has been an enjoyable and interesting read. I had a little problem with the e-book formatting on my nook but the author herself saw my review and sent a free voucher to get another download - that's pretty nice! I am now finished with the book and was nicely pleased with it. I share some of the same fascinations with the culture of the area where the story takes place; Disney, NASA etc. We all have some adventures from our youth, (I like to refer to them as times of Ramen noodles and tuna) at the time it seems like that was the hardest of circumstances ever. But as we grow and learn, looking back we appreciate the past struggles more and more and would not trade them for anything. That is what I got from this book. Keep going and keep writing Catherine.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    Beach material

    Author has very readable style. I expected more "dirt" on the Mouse.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Couldn't Put it Down

    Very amusing tale of Disney Orlando as seen through the eyes of a foreigner. I couldn't seem to break away from the book. I worked at Disney for six years, during the time this story takes place, and the author's descriptions hit the nail on the head, from the "Disneyphiles" (a word I thought I'd invented), to the lunacy of The Holy Land experience. The author is an intruiging combination of emotional sappy romantic and tough Irish trouble. Only one point is missing: there is vastly more to Orlando than man-made commercial adventures!

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    VERY enjoyable, fast read!

    I love Disney and am visiting (again) next month, so reading about the author's experiences as a cast member was QUITE fun for me. The author is hilarious and really has a knack for writing in a conversational style; I feel like I know her now and we should hang out the next time she visits the states!

    The long parts about the Kennedy Space Center were kinda boring for me but I still liked hearing about her adventures. I hope she will keep writing!

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Disney the unkown.

    I started this without high expectations, but was pleasntly surprised. I enjoyed the behind the scenes looks as well as Catherine's trials and tribulations. At times I forgot I wasn't reading a novel!, she was very entertaining. I look forward to reading more by her.

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