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It’s been several weeks since I’ve reviewed any books from Theme Park Press. Fortunately, though, I had lots of time for reading in the car during our recent trip to Florida; so I’ve got a new Theme Park Press offering to share with you today.
About the Book
Double Shot of the Disney College Program
Elly and Caroline Collins aren’t just sisters; they’re best friends, too. So when Elly suggested that they join the Disney College Program together, Caroline went right along. They left their family and boyfriends in Colorado for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live, work, and play with Mickey Mouse.
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale is both diary and tutorial. It offers essential advice on how to get accepted into the Disney College Program, and how to avoid the pitfalls of working for Disney and living in its pressure-cooker environment. But mostly it provides a fun, witty, intimate account of a year spent in the pixie dust trenches of Walt Disney World, taking you behind the scenes, through the theme parks, and out the front gate into the dorm-like Disney apartments and the warts-and-all College Program community.
Caroline and Elly open their diaries and share:
- What you absolutely must do to get accepted into the Disney College Program, and what you absolutely must never do
- How to pick the best Disney apartment complex, what to pack, whether to enroll in Disney University, and everything else you need to start the program right
- Disney roommate stories, including the notorious “Walk of Shame” and the girl who thought Brillo pads worked in the dishwasher
- The pure joy of creating “Magical Moments” for park guests
- An entire chapter about backstage tours of attractions like Haunted Mansion and Expedition Everest, with trivia only Cast Members know
- Plus, glimpses into every aspect of DCP life, from Traditions and training to merchantaining and private Cast Member parties
These two girls really do have a mouse tale to tell. You’ll love their honesty, their humor, and most of all their enthusiasm for the happiest place on earth.
About the Authors
Elly recently completed her Masters in Communications at Colorado State University. Her main motivation for doing the Disney College Program was the promise of unlimited pin trading! She plans to work in communications for a Fortune 500 company.
Caroline is studying history and secondary education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her love for all things Disney, and her desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is why she applied to the Disney College Program. She plans to become a middle school social studies teacher in 2015.
We decided to do the DCP together because we saw this as our chance to spend a year living and traveling together, while sharing some amazing experiences as sisters and as best friends!
Heidi Says . . .
I’m going to preface my thoughts on this book by saying that the editor within me did a lot of cringing as I read this book. It bounces between first and third person a lot. It goes from past tense to present tense, and back again. The order of events skips around enough to make it somewhat confusing.
But, I didn’t stop reading (which is often the case when I’m reading a book with so many editorial “issues”). Why? Because I was interested in the topic. I’ve read (and reviewed) other books about the Disney College Program. This one had some different information and content and I was intrigued. I appreciated the girls’ advice on how someone should approach the College Program, what to expect, how to act, etc. I enjoyed learning about some of the benefits of the program that I wasn’t aware of before.
And I somehow felt a connection to Elly and Caroline because we visited Disney TWICE during their time with the College Program – once in December 2013 and again in May 2014. Who knows? We may have even crossed paths with them! I love how a love of Disney gives a sense of connection to people you’ve never even met!
If you are a young person who is interested in possibly participating in the Disney College Program, I’d definitely recommend this book. It’ll give you some tips and tricks for getting into the program, as well as making the most of it while you’re there.
If you would like to learn more about Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, please visit Theme Park Press. Here, you can read an excerpt of the book, present a question to the authors, and find out how/where to order the book.
***This post made possible by Theme Park Press.***