Beyond the Castle: A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After

Beyond the Castle: A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After


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Beyond the Castle: A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After by Jody Jean Dreyer

When the credits roll and you've left the park, when your Disney day is over, how do you take the magic with you into your everyday work and life?

Jody Jean Dreyer worked for the Walt Disney Company for 30 years and in Unpacking the Castle she shares one-of-a-kind stories and insights into what sets the Disney experience apart, as well as secrets to help readers discover their own “happily ever after.”

Beginning with her first position as a summer intern at Walt Disney World, through her role leading synergy and special projects for Disney (reporting to former CEO Michael Eisner), to her work with top leadership at Walt Disney Motion Pictures sharing the magic of Disney films around the world, Jody unpacks secrets that can change the way we understand ourselves, our work and relationships, and how we can find our own path to happiness. You will read her stories about working with Walt’s nephew, Roy E. Disney , her front-line role in the opening of theme parks around the world and her own journey to discovering how to bring some Disney magic into every day.

The wish for happy endings is written in our hearts. Every park guest or movie watcher is looking for their own “happily ever after,” as they ask the questions: What’s my story? Does it matter? Will the story end well for me? Jody’s personal experiences and her underpinning faith help her to offer practical and sometimes unexpected principles to better appreciate and navigate our own stories .

Jody’s entertaining storytelling will satisfy a readers’ desire to open the doors and peek inside the castle – and more, to unlock and illuminate life’s true treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310347057
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 459,614
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A 30-year Disney veteran, Jody Jean Dreyer was a member of Disney senior corporate staff. She led worldwide synergy, headed Disney’s global outreach initiatives, and held various marketing positions in both the theme park and motion picture units. Among many projects, she performed a major role in the grand opening of Disneyland Paris. In 1986, she traveled the world as the Walt Disney World Ambassador. She met her husband, John, former head of Disney’s Corporate Communications, at the Disney company Christmas party. They have been married 25 years and live in South Carolina. Follow Jody at

Stacy Windahl, a Phi Beta Kappa economics major with an MBA made a right turn out of corporate marketing to freelance writing. For 16 years she has worked with Young Life Communications. She writes from her home in Bay Village, Ohio, along the Lake Erie shore where she and her family celebrate all things Cleveland. Stacy and Jody share a love of Young Life, pixie dust and happy endings. Read more at

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Magical Family Vacation
Chapter 2: Boardrooms and Tiaras
Chapter 3: Is your Beast a Prince?
Chapter 4: Tell Your Story

Chapter 5: Characters
Chapter 6: TEAM
Chapter 7: Castle Guests
Chapter 8: Beauty Below

Chapter 9: Enjoy the Ride
Chapter 10: Stuck in the Tower
Chapter 11: Ambassador of Goodwill
Chapter 12: Don’t Forget the Fireworks


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Beyond the Castle: A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Timothy Sesow More than 1 year ago
Fun and easy read, but I just can't get past the glaring error in the beginning when the author says she rode Pirates of the Caribbean in December 1971 when the ride wasn't open in Magic Kingdom (Florida) at that time. A good publisher would have corrected that.
JennGrand More than 1 year ago
If you are a Disney fan, this book is FOR YOU. Jody Dreyer is a 30 year Disney employee, and in her book she gives a behind the scenes look at the company so many of us live for, as well as life lessons she learned along the way. Most young girls grow up playing princess, creating our dream weddings, and dreaming of our very own Prince Charming. This book helps us to look past the dream and create a reality for ourselves that gives us significance, meaning and adventure. It's a good one!
polkadottyplace More than 1 year ago
I just finished a really fun read called Beyond The Castle: A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After by Jody Jean Dreyer a 30 Year Disney Veteran. I have been to Disney World and Disneyland. Both were magical so I was excited to read some behind the scenes stories from Disney. I loved Dreyer's Midwest roots and her stories of working her way up in the ranks at Disney. She had great stories, tales of romance, princess drama, rules and all the collaboration that is required to make things at Disney run smoothly. I loved reading about Walt Disney's vision for his parks and his must have elements in every area. There are tons of great life lessons throughout the book and anyone would enjoy this book. It's a lighthearted read that inspires you to live your best life. Dreyer addresses everything from hospitality to friendship building skills to management tips. There really is something for everyone here. I dare you to read the book and not be eager to visit the parks. The Disney charm is evident in the pages of this book.