Three big dreams, two Mouse Ears and one J-1 visa. What could possibly go wrong in the happiest place on earth?

Travel memoir | Released March 2010 


When Catherine Ryan Howard decides to swap the grey clouds of Ireland for the clear skies of the Sunshine State, she thinks all of her dreams – working in Walt Disney World, living in the United States, seeing a Space Shuttle launch – are about to come true. Ahead of her she sees weekends at the beach, mornings by the pool and an inexplicably skinnier version of herself skipping around Magic Kingdom.

But not long into her first day on Disney soil – and not long after a breakfast of Mickey-shaped pancakes – Catherine’s Disney bubble bursts and soon it seems that among Orlando’s baked highways, monotonous mall clusters and world famous theme parks, pixie dust is hard to find and hair is downright impossible to straighten.

The only memoir about working in Walt Disney World, Space Shuttle launches, the town that Disney built, religious theme parks, Bruce Willis, humidity-challenged hair and the Ebola virus, Mousetrapped is the hilarious story of what happened when one Irish girl went searching for happiness in the happiest place on Earth.



“A unique book by a brilliantly witty, instantly loveable author … I couldn’t put it down.” –, Top 10 Reads of 2010

“[Mousetrapped] is a fun travel memoir that will appeal to anyone who loves Disney, NASA and/or Starbucks. Catherine writes … with a fresh, chatty voice. You end up sympathizing with Catherine’s trying moments, laughing at her funny ones, and celebrating her special triumphs.” –

“[Catherine] writes with wit and humor about her time in Orlando. Thoroughly enjoyable and a great read!” –Talli Roland, author of The Hating Game, Watching Willow Watts and Build a Man

“[A] unique story that proves that dreams really do come true.” –

Mousetrapped is an interesting, quirky tale with a conversationalist tone and a likeable narrator, packed with tales about space shuttle launches, religious theme parks and even a Bruce Willis story.” –

“It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me want to go to Florida (for a looooong holiday). I can’t wait to read what Catherine Ryan Howard writes next.” –Five Minutes Peace Book Blog

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10 Responses to “Mousetrapped”

  1. Sam Millar September 22, 2012 at 10:02 #

    Dear Catherine
    did you do the covers yourself? Or, do you know someone you could recommend? Would like to publish on Createspace, but find their covers limited.
    Thank you.

  2. Penelope Silvers January 19, 2013 at 04:08 #

    Hi Catherine, I was laughing at your description, as I live i Florida–and it is as you described. Only the wildest and wackiest of the bunch actually live here! ;) Penelope


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