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Today I’m continuing the trend of posting about a new book from Theme Park Press each Monday (it’ll end today, though, as this is the last book on my pile). If you missed my past reviews, you can see them here:
- The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit by Dave Shute & Josh Humphrey
- Life in the Mouse House by Homer Brightman
- Who’s the Leader of the Club? by Jim Korkis
About the Book
What’s It Like to Work for Mickey Mouse?
Amber Sewell dreamed of working for Disney. Her dream came true when Disney accepted her into its College Program and gave her a job as a Cast Member at Walt Disney World. For Amber, it was her first real job, her first time living away from home. But working at the “Happiest Place on Earth” is not a vacation. It’s a job.
You MUST Have a Magical Day
As part of her job, Amber not only had to flash a smile and chat with awestruck kids, but also deal with amorous Imagineers, drunks in Downtown Disney, bleeding kids and hysterical parents, screaming roommates, conceited Cast Members, and power-hungry supervisors. Throughout, she keeps her cool, chronicling in Amber Earns Her Ears what it’s like to work for the Mouse, and how Disney keeps its millions of guests coming back for more.
Amber pulls no punches. She shares the magic of private, after-hours tours on foot through the Haunted Mansion as well as the misery of hauling sacks of rotting food to a grease pit behind the Electric Umbrella in Epcot. Even though the pay is low, the rules rigid, and the experience at times disillusioning, Amber still finds her job magical. Her book is just as much a coming-of-age story as it is a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of Walt Disney World.
Sunny, with a Chance of Pixie Dust
Working for Disney may be a real job, but it’s a job with benefits: you’re often in the parks after the guests have gone home, or before they arrive; you can pass through the doors that say “Cast Members Only”; and you can learn a lot about how Disney operates its parks and makes so many people happy. Amber did that, and more. And she put it all in her diary, including:
- Insider strategies for getting accepted into the College Program yourself
- What Disney teaches in Traditions, its Cast Member orientation program
- How to deal with guests who don’t want you to have a magical day
- Roommates from hell, and preparing for Disney’s room inspection stormtroopers
- Behind the scenes at Disney World restaurants and shops
In forty-two chapters, Amber takes you from her home in Knoxville, Tennessee, to her Disney apartment, and then back again, with enlightening, entertaining stories of everything that happened to her in-between. All the people in the book are real. (Even WDW Radio’s Lou Mongello makes an appearance.) Amber also shares tips about how to successfully enroll in the Disney College Program and what to expect when you show up at dawn in a big tent with hundreds of fellow enrollees to learn the Disney Way.
Let’s put on some ears, punch the timeclock, and get to work.
About the Author
Amber Sewell lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her first visit to Walt Disney World was in 1998; since then, her trips number well over 50. She participated in the Disney CareerStart Program in 2010 and then in the Disney College Program in 2011. She has written articles for DisneyDispatch.com and for Celebrations Magazine.
Amber graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee in 2013.
Heidi Says . . .
Sometimes I really wish that time didn’t pass so quickly and I wouldn’t be 44 already. Seriously. After reading this book, it’s so tempting to sign up for some college classes just so I can also sign up for the College Program at Disney! It’s been my long-time dream to work at Disney also, and so much about this program appeals to me.
Of course, I really appreciated Amber’s honest portrayal of the program, because there are things about the program that I know that I, too, wouldn’t like. Such as being assigned to roommates that might not be the best match. Or getting assigned to a job that might not be my favorite or one of my top choices. Or being away from home for so long (even though it IS at Disney!) And I know I would have absolutely NO tolerance for the kids who are there simply to get out of school for a few months and party. Grrr!
Amber’s diary was just that . . . I felt like I actually WAS reading her diary, and it was fun! I enjoyed learning where she was assigned to work and the various tasks that were included in the different positions. Being pretty familiar with the Disney parks, I could picture all her assignments and found myself wondering if we crossed paths with her during any of our visits to the World during her 2 stints at Disney.
I am disappointed that Disney decided to cancel the CareerStart program, as that one was a good opportunity for young people who weren’t necessarily planning to enter college to get a taste of Disney and what working there would be like. That would have been a better fit for my own daughter. But, I digress.
Thanks, Amber, for sharing your experiences with the world! It was a fun read. I look forward to more books in The Earning Your Ears series.
If you’re interested in this book, you can find out more about it (and read a sample) at Theme Park Press. While you’re there, be sure to check out the growing list of titles from this publisher!
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