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Mousecatraz: The Disney College Program
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2009
Ok so as a student interested in doing the college program- I read this book. And I seriously doubt much that this book discusses. As a history major, I really can't take any of what it says as true... because there are NO footnotes. It's all "One student said," and "A 2003 alumna said." The only part that reads well is the history of the park section, that was probably stolen from some other sources. The rest of the book is severely choppy making it difficult to really read into anything. If you really want to read this book, even if you know it will be horrible (like I knew), I would get it through a library. If they don't have it, then search "worldcat" and get it through an interlibrary loan.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2006
I just finished reading this book and while it's not bad, and it did make me laugh a few times, it has a lot of fluff.

At one point the author spends a lot of time describing all the parks at WDW. I'm assuming that most people who read this book have a good idea of the parks and attractions at each of the parks. To me it just seemed as a way to add a few more pages to the total page count.

A lot of the book covers the drinking and sexual adventures of the cast members. But it's really nothing related to Disney other than these people were working at Disney World at the time these stories happened. These stories are nothing new to anyone who has been through the college experience, in a dorm more specifically. I didn't get anything out of them other than the very occasional chuckle. There is definitely room for this in the book, but to me it seemed that these were the longer chapters in the book.

When the author does tell Disney-related stories, she does a good job. A lot of the stories are truly funny and make you wish you could go meet the cast member involved in the story. But sometimes it is because you want more details.

There are also a few grammar and punctuation errors through the book. I'm obviously not a writer, but someone who is writing a book should be aware of those mistakes. Or at least the editor should have been able to fix those. Since the book covers some stories that happened at Expedition Everest, which has just now recently opened, I get the feeling that the book was rushed to printing.

Overall the book was a quick and fun read and I recommend it to those who want a "backstage" look at the life of the cast members. I just wish that the author had spent more time telling us stories that happened in the parks as opposed to drinking stories that could have happened at any college on any given day; after all, this is supposed to be a book about Disney.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2012
I bought this for my Kindle, and am really regretting the purchase. It was a long, hard slog getting through it. The writing is terrible. I tried to give the writers ("authors" is too good a word here) the benefit of the doubt. Maybe English isn't their first language, or something, but they are completely unable to create compelling sentences. Simple things, like subject-verb agreement, seem to be beyond them at times.

Poor writing is only one hurdle in getting through this book. The content itself is another. This book consists mainly of a series of anecdotes that any college student, anywhere, could tell about living on campus. They are nervous about moving in. They try to find reasons to get different roommates. They party. They get drunk. They vomit. They are too tired to work or to function in their classes. They have random hook-ups. They cheat in classes and lie about "sick days." They miss it when they leave.

Each chapter has the same basic format. First, a brief introduction to the subject matter. Then a series of illustrating anecdotes poorly told in the third person. (Ie: One student says... ) Finally, an italicized group of anecdotes directly quoted from the questionnaires or interviews that form the basis of the book. I kept waiting for something truly funny or shocking to show up, but every story just sounds like drunken frat boys laughing over events that seem hilarious through the alcohol haze, but are really just stupid and pathetic.
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VINE VOICEon September 22, 2006
The first thing I want to say: DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!

That may sound like an immature way to start a book review, but bear with me here. Although most likely only past, present, or future College Program students would consider purchasing and reading this book, I am going to copy and paste this review into as many places as possible, because I am extremely frustrated with it and wish to make my opinions known. That's just me, I suppose.

The Walt Disney World College Program is one of those life experiences that arouses different opinions in every one of its participants. There are people who love the CP and Disney so much that they will never speak an ill word about it. There are people who will say that the CP was a complete waste of their time. And of course, there are many, many people who are half-and-half about it. Personally, I'm somewhere in between that person who loves the CP and what it did for me so much, and that half-and-half person. It is hard for me to say anything ill about the CP, yet I will at least admit that it isn't perfect. That said, I now delve into my review of Mousecatraz...

At first, I was excited that someone had, eh-hem, gotten up the balls to publish a book about the College Program. Unfortunately, with every page I read, the more frustrated and annoyed I got. First of all, this "book" reads like a bad research paper. Books should not read like research papers as it is, and the reason I say it reads like a bad one is because of the numerous grammar mistakes (i.e. he obviously does not know anything about comma splices) and the fact that the author basically took as much information as he could off unofficial websites and just updated it. He inserts just enough believable stories along with this information to make the book somewhat credible, while going out of his way to compile and/or make up stories that are obviously false. Beyond that, there are many times where he states "information" that is also completely incorrect.

I certainly don't claim to know everything about the college program, as it is an experience that constantly changes with the times. However, I do know enough to know when someone did not do the correct amount of research before writing a book on the subject. To top it all off, my "beef" with this book is not only because of its bad grammar and pages upon pages of misinformation--truthfully, I believe that it cheapens the College Program experience. A lot of boring information and a few amusing quotes and stories (I say "few" because I cannot count the "many" that were obviously false) does not a College Program make. In fact, I'm not sure any website or book could ever truly capture the Walt Disney World College Program. It is different for every person that experiences it--whether you go for the work experience, the partying, just to "get away" from the real world for a while, or a combination of those things. My advice? If you did the CP, write your own memoir of your experience, because that will help you relive it more than a random collection made up of some true and untrue stories. If you have yet to do the CP, don't read this book. Go and experience it the way you want to experience it, decide for yourself how you feel about it. Just please, please, don't waste your time, energy, or for God's sake, MONEY, on this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2007
It makes me sad that this seems to be the only book available that deals exclusively with the Walt Disney World College Program. The author, it seems, tries to compensate for a lack of substance with pointless (and often crude) stories and middle school quality grammar. I have spoken with a number of people who also participated in the program, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed their time in the College Program and did not hesitate to recommend it to others. Wesley Jones' account, on the other hand, likens the experience to an extended prison lockup. In the book, he recounts his own participation in the program, which ends when he quits the program in frustration (big surprise). While the book contains some useful information for those interested in the program, much more of it is filler material. If College Program truly interests you, I recommend you seek the opinion of several former participants, and not Mouscatraz. You may just be pleasantly surprised.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
I bought this book to read during my Disney College Program run earlier this year (from February to August - Spring Advantage 2011). I never found the time during my busy and chaotic life in "the World", however. When I came home and unpacked my stuff, I somehow lost track of the book. I just found it yesterday while going through boxes in my closet. I finished the book today.

I'm not saying the book is an amazing read or anything, but once I got started, I couldn't put it down. I hadn't realized just how much I miss the College Program and Walt Disney World. My life's been pretty chaotic since my program ended with a surgery and finishing up school and moving to a different state to live with my boyfriend. All the memories came rushing back (most of them good).

As someone who took several folklore classes at university, I am used to reading material written in this manner - a collection of directly quoted stories from several people - and I enjoy it. Be warned there are no actual names listed, and some of the stories may be hard to believe. However, after working as a College Program Cast Member myself, and after working with customers ("guests") in general for over ten years, I believe anything is possible, and I know that human stupidity knows no bounds.

I don't know what a person who has never been through the program would think of this book. To me, this book is like a friend from the College Program. It knows the inside details. It knows the stories we try to explain to outsiders who just don't "get it" or don't believe it. I'm surprised there's no mention of the SOP (Sex on Property) Club or the name I heard for Orlando more than O-Town - "Whorelando", but there are plenty of other inside jokes and references. I definitely recommend the book to all DCP alumni wanting to relive their experience.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
As a former college program intern at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, I can say with confidence that I believe most of the stories, if not all, ARE true! There a lot of crazy things that happen on the college program and this book gives different people's perspectives and memories.

However, if you're looking for a formal style of writing with a cohesive story, this isn't the book for you. It's mainly a listing of memories, but that's what I love so much about it. There are too many books about being a Disney cast member that are written from one biased perspective, which could really negatively or positively sway Disney lover's opinions of the company and Disney brand. So this is very refreshing to read about the fun memories that college students have during their 6 months away from college, friends, and family.

These are the experiences of Disney interns ONLY, which is a MUCH different experience than the full time cast members, so please keep that in mind! These students go to Disney to have fun and essentially take a semester off of college, and since the majority of their time off is like a college kegger, don't let their antics reflect poorly on the Disney Company! It's a great one to work for.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2010
Mousecatraz provides readers with a funny look at working for Disney. The book covers everything from the application and interview process, first days in the program, working for Disney, being 'schooled' at Disney, and living on Disney property. The book doesn't focus on improvement like a "how to" book, but on topics that provides an enlightening look at the comedy, setbacks, and successes of the Disney College program and working for Disney. I recommend this book to any Disney fan, College program student, and potential Disney employee.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon March 7, 2013
I had thought that a book on college student antics and Disney would be exciting. Unfortunately I was wrong. The author's purpose is interesting- to take a systematic look at the Disney College Program. The College Program recruits thousands of students to do internships at Disney, often doing rather undesirable jobs like fast food service and cleaning "protein spills." The author interviewed numerous alumni from the program. The result is a series of anecdotes which are....deathly dull. We hear endless tales of how students who don't like their roommates try and move, or they show up at the wrong time to start their training. Seriously- not interesting. Getting through the prose is like cutting through cement with a plastic knife.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2010
This is a great look into life as a Disney cast member. Mousecatraz features great stories about the internship program and what interns experience on a daily basis in the happiest place on earth. The book is an easy read that covers a lot of information in 250 pages. Good use of notations that provide some clarification into where the interns are from. I would have liked names associated with the stories but understand the privacy and confidentiality of the interns.
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