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Publication Date: 2017
When the credits roll and you've left the park, when your Disney day is over, how do you take the magic with you into your everyday work and life?
Jody Jean Dreyer worked for the Walt Disney Company for 30 years and in Beyond the Castle she shares one-of-a-kind stories and insights into what sets the Disney experience apart, as well as secrets to help readers discover their own "happily ever after."
Beginning with her first position as a summer intern at Walt Disney World, through her role leading synergy and special projects for Disney (reporting to former CEO Michael Eisner), to her work with top leadership at Walt Disney Motion Pictures sharing the magic of Disney films around the world, Jody unpacks secrets that can change the way we understand ourselves, our work and relationships, and how we can find our own path to happiness. You will read her stories about working with Walts nephew, Roy E. Disney, her front-line role in the opening of theme parks around the world and her own journey to discovering how to bring some Disney magic into every day.
The wish for happy endings is written in our hearts. Every park guest or movie watcher is looking for their own "happily ever after," as they ask the questions: Whats my story? Does it matter? Will the story end well for me? Jodys personal experiences and her underpinning faith help her to offer practical and sometimes unexpected principles to better appreciate and navigate our own stories.
Jodys entertaining storytelling will satisfy a reader's desire to open the doors and peek inside the castle and more, to unlock and illuminate lifes true treasure.
A 30-year Disney veteran, Jody Jean Dreyer was a member of Disney senior corporate staff. She led worldwide synergy, headed Disneys global outreach initiatives, and held various marketing positions in both the theme park and motion picture units. Among many projects, she performed a major role in the grand opening of Disneyland Paris. In 1986, she traveled the world as the Walt Disney World Ambassador. She met her husband, John, former head of Disneys Corporate Communications, at the Disney company Christmas party. They have been married 25 years and live in South Carolina. Follow Jody at JodyJean.com.
Stacy Windahl, a Phi Beta Kappa economics major with an MBA made a right turn out of corporate marketing to freelance writing. For 16 years she has worked with Young Life Communications. She writes from her home in Bay Village, Ohio, along the Lake Erie shore where she and her family celebrate all things Cleveland. Stacy and Jody share a love of Young Life, pixie dust and happy endings. Read more at StacyWindahl.com
HeidiMarie3 Stars Out Of 5Beyond The CastleNovember 14, 2017HeidiMarieQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Jodi Jean Dreyer is a Disney veteran, having worked for the company for 30 years in 22 different positions. This book is a collection of some of her fondest Disney memories, and her advice for finding your own happily ever after.
This book is all about how to live your life the best way that you can. Dreyer shares her experience on how to live a life full of hope, joy, and magic. She shared fun Disney facts, such as the official criteria for a Disney princess. It is very obvious how much Dreyer loves Disney.
I though Dreyer had great advice for how to live a more happy and fulfilling life. However, I had expected and wanted more of an inside look at Disney. What I got in this book was a self-help book told in Disney metaphors.
Overall, I gave this 3/5 stars. I'd recommend this book if you're looking for a fun book to teach you how to live a happier life.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via BookLook Bloggers as a part of their review program. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
disneymom3 Stars Out Of 5Beyond The CastleOctober 12, 2017disneymomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2This was a fun, lighthearted book to read. Not much in the way of deep spiritual truths, but what would you expect from a former Disney Co. cast member. She is probably a terrific motivational speaker, and I can see why she rose so high in the Disney ranks, but other than her profession of faith, not a lot of biblical insight. HOWEVER, it was very interesting reading about the inner workings of Mouse World. Maybe the title should have been "Inside the Castle" rather than "beyond."
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Beyond the CastleOctober 9, 2017debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2I am an avid Disney fan and was very excited to get this book to read about the daily encounters of a veteran employee to Disney. I was very disappointed to find that it is very basic Disney information of what the company teaches and expects of the employees. I was under the impression that this book would be more detailed and personal. It does not cover much faith as I was looking forward to. It does speak of God, but not as much as the cover would make you believe. If you want a good book on being a good leader, dealing with the corporate world or employers then this is a good read.
I would recommend this book to any person that would want to advance their career and get some pointers on how to be professional and established as a leader. It is a very light and fluffy read, that can be read front to cover or just pick a chapter and read. This book is a very fast read.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Booklook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising