Living in Central Florida and having an obsession for all things theme park, this book intrigued me. Centered around an Irish woman who can't seem to find direction in her life, she decides to apply for and work at Walt Disney World. This book chronicles her 18 months in Orlando and how she deals with not having a license, not having a car, an apartment, friends, money, or anything else vital to moving across the world. The book was a fast, smooth read but left a few sour tastes in my literary mouth.
One thing that she does often in this book is make fun of Floridians and tourists for being dumb. However, it seems pretty stupid of her to have done zero research. Personally if I were going to be moving across the world, I'd investigate things such as living arrangements, visa requirements, and transportation but it appears that she did none of this as she ends up walking an hour to work each day for most of the book.
Another thing that I didn't care for is that she is a self-proclaimed atheist. And she tells you that. Countless times. I wanted to scream at her through the pages and say "Okay Catherine! I get it! On with the story!" She decided to visit The Holy Land Experience, Orlando's religious theme park, and guess what? She hated it. It would be the equivalent of a vegan visiting MeatLand.
But its not all bad as there were countless times I literally laughed out loud and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out how she would get out of each predicament. One such instance was her living arrangements with countless people of different nationalities that would party every night. I also found myself cheering for her along the way, hoping she'd eventually fall in love with this city I call home.
The book mostly flows nicely and is full of funny, quirky chapters, but for some reason in the middle of this story, she goes on a 10 page historical explanation of the Apollo program. Not really sure why. Regardless one of the more interesting aspects of the book were her countless trips out to Kennedy Space Center and her unending quest to see a shuttle launch. (I won't spoil the book for you by letting you know if she actually gets to see one).
Overall this was a fun book to read especially if you're from the area. She never actually worked for WDW, but rather for the Swan and Dolphin resorts, a privately owned resort on the property of WDW. Being an avid WDW fan, there were a few "stretches-of-the-truth" but besides that, I'd recommend this book.
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