Disneylanders, A Novel: Book Review

Today on One Girl’s Dream, we have Barbie from Disney Musings with a great review of a book I am now wanting to read! Check it out…


Have you ever read a book that immediately transports you to the place or time that you are reading about? The sights, the sounds and smells? Has a book ever taken you back to your childhood?
Well, Kate Abbott’s book, Disneylanders, A Novel, published by Theme Park Press, does just that. Not only does the author take me straight to Disneyland, but she has the ability to take me back in time to my own childhood and those oh–so–awkward moments of testing my wings; trying to become an adult. (p.s. this book is geared for the teen audience.)

Kate Abbott’s book is well written and thoughtful; about a thirteen year old girl struggling to figure out who she is. Casey is on vacation with her parents at Disneyland, where through crazy circumstances, she bumps into a fifteen year old boy and they innocently spend their time together with and without their families, touring the parks, enjoying the rides and getting to know one another. There’s a lot of Disney trivia thrown in for good measure.

I found myself completely engrossed in the story, reading aloud descriptive paragraphs to my husband, and quizzing him on the chapter titles. Each chapter named “more or less on a famous Disney slogan, song, attraction, show or spiel.” (The answers were at the end of the book!)

Although the book is written for a specific group, young adults or tweens, I truly enjoyed reading this. It is a fun, heartfelt story, sometimes hitting close to home, it made the tale that much more believable.


Thanks Barbie!!
Since Barbie bought that edition of Disneylanders by Kate Abbott, it has taken on a new cover. I love it!
Disneylanders at Amazon.com 
Do you read any Disney fiction? What are your favorites?

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Surprise Fish Tacos at Paradiso 37 in Downtown Disney


I’ll be the first to admit I’m not much of a seafood fan. And yes, I live on the Chesapeake Bay famous for crabs. It’s just not my thing.

However, there are a few rare times a year I will crave fish. Usually when this happens I am in the mood for the oh-so-yummy but oh-so-bad-for-you fried fish. One of my favorite incarnations of fried fish is fish tacos. My hubby introduced me to these little gems about 6 years ago at a Houlihan’s restaurant. I fell in love with him and the tacos. 😉

On my last trip to Walt Disney World, I decided that at least 1/2 of the restaurants I’d go to were “new to me”. In my line-up I settled on Paradiso 37 for my first on-property meal for lunch. When I saw Baja Fish Tacos, I was in!

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Classic Disney Parks Sweet Treats

One of the best things I have ever heard my husband say is that he wants to go to Disney World for the food. You see, he’s not a huge Disney fan like I am, so for him to have something to look forward to at the parks is a big WIN for me!

Trust me… I milk it as much as I can. 😉

On our first Disney trip together, I convinced him he had to try a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar (a.k.a. Mickey Premium). I was delighted when he loved the dark, rich chocolate coating on the outside, and the yummy, creamy vanilla ice cream on the inside. In fact, he liked it so much, he ate 2 more while we were at Disneyland!

… here’s proof that you are what you eat … LOL

mickey premium

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