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Mouseschawitz - My Summer Job of Concentrated Fun (Tales of a Disney Cast Member)

3.06 of 5 stars 3.06  ·  rating details  ·  175 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Though set at Disney World, this collection is far from Disneyesque (as if the title wasn't a giveaway.) Mouseschawitz - My Summer Job of Concentrated Fun - is Part 1 of a short collection of essays from an ex theme park employee and the unbelievable feats she witnessed one summer. From deadly wildlife to celebrity encounters, to guests attempting makeshift abortions on ri ...more
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Published March 21st 2011 by (first published March 20th 2011)
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This was a quick read. It felt gossipy and fun. I enjoyed a small glimpse of the dark side of the mouse without feeling like it was negative or judgemental.
2-1/2 Stars

I enjoyed the beginning of this mini-book of short essays, but I was disappointed by the somewhat gruesome turn it took towards the end. I love to "people watch" whenever I am at Disney and hearing some of the customer stories she observed was hilarious. If the book had more of those experiences, I would have rated it much higher. It was the addition of two stories in particular that soured my enjoyment of this piece. While the story about the cast member injury in Mr. Toad's Wild Rid
Bruce Sarte
Disney fans come together! Grab Mouseschawitz and you’ll learn a thing or two about the “Happiest Place on Earth” that you never thought you’d read!

Mouseshawitz is the recounting of one person’s experience during her summer job working for The Mouse. Her style is entertaining and informative in this straight forward and to the point collection of anecdotes. Through her detailed retelling of her summer experiences, you’ll feel like you are going with her in the uniformly cut “butch, colorless cow
I had fun reading these essays, because it's always fun to hear the different stories of "Cast Members" (since I was one at a Disney store and I know shenanigans happen). It's true, some of the stories are horrifying...but that's what makes it interesting. This is the stuff people never get to hear...and the title IS "Mouseschawitz", after all. I also thought it was interesting to hear the performer's point of view while going through the stressful audition process and hearing of the different t ...more
As a theme park alumnus as well, I laughed outright reading this book. I had the fortunate position of being a park employee but not have to wear the park uniform, so I could do whatever I wanted as I was in plain clothes, yet all my friends were in the uniform/character outfits that demanded a certain weight/appearance/behavior/etc. Short story of her experience in the most magical place on earth, it's a quick read that is worth the insight to a day in the life.
Cheshire Cat
I honestly thought the book was pretty interesting. Mouseschawitz is a short book (only 18 pages) filled with quick anecdotes mostly about the things in the park that you don't hear about but should probably know. I read it while I rode to Disneyworld with my family. It proved that although it is the happiest place on Earth, craziness does go down in Disney. It was a quick read and I recommend it for anyone who's skeptical about the "magic" of disney
The title is definitely clever, and this short bit of fluff is reasonably well written, but none of the stories weer comedically horrific enough to really be considered as hellaciously soul sucking as the Holocaust-evoking title would suggest. Still, it's a pleasant enough book to kill half an hour with.
Jane Doe
This is one of the best in-your-face satires I've read lately. Fast-paced and funny, a little gruesome, a lot irreverant, and just plain fun. Not for the politically correct or faint of heart. LOVED it!!
worth the read. I don't think I ever tried to imagine what it was like to work at Disneyland, but now that I know. well, I know and knowing was worth the $2.99 I paid kindle to read it.
Jane Doe
I love dark satire and fearless writers! This is a great combination that spoofs my favorite vacation destination! I loved this!
Artin Safari
Maybe not the most politically correct title, but an extraordinarily great sense of humor and completely worth the 20 minute read.
Debbie Sabol samilenko
It's always interesting to hear some behind the scenes stories from cast members at WDW ... the last story had my jaw dropped!
Donna Nickerson
Very interesting.
Sarah Wright
Very humorous read!
Amelia Chameleon
Recommended by Kindle and impressed with the preview, I bought this book and looked forward to some crazy "behind the ears" stories. What the description failed to say is that this IS NOT a book. It's essentially a 3 part essay, maybe 30 pages. Half of it covers her disappointing auditions which might hold interest for those who are unfamiliar with the 'cattle call' and runway model air of interviewing for Disney (mass interviews where you must actively compete with other people in the room; bei ...more
I'll try to write a review as short as possible because I don't want it to have more words than the book itself. It's actually a collection of short stories. I didn't feel comfortable with the writing style, and I felt the stories were so exaggerated.
I didn't understand very well what she wanted to express... she compares the theme park as a concentration camp but she seemed to have a great time that summer, and she also got paid!
Really, I don't get it...
This was a very quick read. Kind of interesting, definitely a few shocking parts, but I was expecting a little bit more from this. I think if she had written a little less about her auditions and getting the job itself, she could've said more about what it was actually like in the park.
Paul Seneca
I found this book to be sharply written, fairly offensive and a lot of fun. It's short - just a couple of essays - but worth a read. I would probably read anything else this author puts out. She has a unique style and a great sense of humor.
See, THIS was the juicy type of Disney memoir I've been aching for. Hilarious, almost unbelievable stories. My only gripe was that it was so short! I spent 2.99 on only a few minutes of reading. :/
It started a little boring then picks up a bit, had it's funny moments, but at the end it was too short, too sporadic, and at the end it just cuts off in the middle of something.
Most expensive 30 kindle pages ever, outdated (pre-Internet anecdotes?) and not even close to worth it. This should absolutely be a free download. Ripoff.
Alexis Saltzman
This had the potential to be funny and interesting, but didn't quite make it.
Crap. Don't believe a word of it.
Mildly interesting.
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Angela Lovell is an award-winning playwright, director, screenwriter, essayist, podcaster, writing instructor, sex columnist, and critic of film, theatre, and music. Her work has appeared in VICE Magazine, Huffington Post, BUST, High Times, Marie Claire, The L Magazine, Common Ties,, and The New York Press. She's written for MTV, several film studios, and is currently writing her first g ...more
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