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Last year, I reviewed a book from Theme Park Press called Amber Earns Her Ears. That book chronicled one girl’s journey through the Disney College Program. And, it inspired a whole series of books based on the same thing. I haven’t had opportunity to read Volumes 2 & 3 (or the latest in the series – Volumes 5 & 6); but I did recently have a chance to read the 4th book in this series – Katie Earns Her Ears.
About the Book
FROM TEXAS TO TOMORROWLAND
In this Disney College Program diary, Texas girl Katie Hudson leaves behind her small town for a new life in Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland, experiences rogue roommate drama you won’t believe, and realizes that most pixie dust is bittersweet.
The “Earning Your Ears” series chronicles the experiences of young people from around the country and around the world who leave home, often for the first time, to live and work in Walt Disney World or Disneyland for several months, or even longer.
They are given “roles” to perform, from working in a Disney restaurant or shop to donning a costume and becoming one of the Disney characters who appear in the parks.
Each book in the “EARS” series makes you an honorary cast member as the author takes you behind Disney’s pixie dust curtain to learn things the Mouse would prefer you didn’t know, and what no guidebook will tell you, including how the theme parks operate from the inside out and what Disney employees do when they’re not wishing you a magical day.
In Katie Earns Her Ears, former Disney World cast member Katie Hudson shares:
- The most vivid, detailed look at cast member training and the iconic Traditions class ever put into print
- The highs and low of working at the biggest restaurant in Disney World, including uncomfortably amorous coworkers, cockroaches, fighting kids, and impromptu song-and-dance routines
- The tragic results of a nefarious plot hatched by a vengeful roommate who came to the Disney College Program armed with a Taser
- The epiphany that Disney is not where Katie will ever work again—but how, despite that, the college program became her rite of passage and how its “magic” changed an adolescent into an adult
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like not just to visit a Disney theme park but to work in one, the “Earning Your Ears” series is your E-ticket!
About the Author
Katie Hudson spent her childhood exploring her small town on her bike with her best friend, turning old abandoned houses into castles, creeks into rivers, and hills into mountains. She always loved to write, but her dreams of becoming a writer happened when she was fourteen, after reading the Harry Potter series for the first time.
Katie currently attends Texas A&M University where she is studying English and working in the archive library. In her spare time, she watches too much Netflix, drinks too many Sonic drinks, and watches too many Christmas movies at times when it isn’t Christmas.
This is her first book.
Heidi Says . . .
I’ve read several book about the Disney College Program now and this one was unique to me in one way – it was quite clear that Katie didn’t totally love the experience. And, the truth is, I found that refreshingly honest.
I think the Disney College Program sounds like a great opportunity. I wish I had been able to participate in it, or that my kids would have the opportunity or the desire to do so. But, I’ve always wondered how wonderful it really is. I mean, surely there are times when you just want to pack it all up and run home (I know I would!) There’s got to be times when you have roommate problems (it’s especially hard for girls to coexist for that long). And how much fun are the jobs – really?
In Katie Earns Her Ears, she shares her experiences – both good AND bad. I’m glad she stuck it out ’til the end and was able to use her time with the DCP as a learning experience and a stepping stone. But, like college isn’t for everyone, neither is the DCP.
I’d definitely recommend this book and will be looking forward to reading others’ experiences in the other volumes in this series.
Head on over to Theme Park Press’s website to find out more about this book and read an excerpt. While you’re there, be sure to look around because Theme Park Press is adding more and more books to their ever-expanding collection. I’m finding it hard to keep up!
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