We got back from Walt Disney World on November 2, and already I am being hit with Post Disney Depression! I want a dole whip, I want to ride Space Mountain, and I want to smell Pirates of the Caribbean (have you ever noticed the particular smell?!)
I know I am not the only person who has these feelings immediately after returning from a magical trip. All Disney fans share the struggles of returning to real life (work, house cleaning, and responsibilities) after Disney. The pain is a little different for everyone, but here is my list of the things that happen immediately when I get home from Disney.
Buyer’s Remorse – within a couple of days of returning home I begin to have Disney’s buyer remorse. But not in the way that you are probably thinking. I have buyer’s remorse for all of the things that DIDN’T buy. Why did I talk myself out of that pillow pet? When will I ever find that super cute Minnie Mouse shirt again? How can I get my hands on the perfect picture frame that I saw but didn’t grab?! Luckily, Disney has recently taken note of this shopping affliction and has provided as with the Shop Disney Parks app, which lets guests buy and ship Disney theme park merchandise as well as locate items in Walt Disney World Resort stores. Phew – tantrum avoided!
Scale Avoidance – we all know there are no calories in Disney, right? Yet somehow I always seem to come home a little, well, with a little more than I came with. For a good month I will avoid my bathroom scale at all costs so that I don’t have to see the devastation that all my amazing meals caused to my waistline. If I put it off long enough, I can just blame it on the holidays!
Start Planning My Next Trip – We started talking about our next Disney trip while we were still at Disney! A good chunk of the fun of a Disney vacation is taking the time to plan one! You get to imagine all the things that you are going to do, eat, and see. You can pick your resort, do your research, choose your Fast Passes…really, it’s the next best thing to actually being at Disney.
Picture Obsession – On this most recent trip we purchased Memory Maker as part of our vacation package and I am so happy that we did! The PhotoPass Photographers did an amazing job capturing our memories and whenever I am feeling homesick for Cinderella Castle I can flip through my album and remember everything. After the pictures are printed, I like to scrapbook them or organize them in an album and it helps to make the Disney magic last a little bit longer.
Annoy My Co-Workers – My poor co-workers! First, they had to deal with me talking non-stop about my Disney vacation plans. Now they have to listen to me talk non-stop about how much fun I had. I just can’t help it though!
Post-Disney Depression is totally real and I totally have it. How do you cope with real-life after you return home? Let me know what your struggles are in the comments!
Monica is an Alumna of the Disney College Program. When she is not walking down the middle of Main Street USA you can find her wandering the World Showcase, or enjoying a Dole Whip while racing to her favorite attractions. When she is forced to endure life outside of Walt Disney World, you can find her in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she lives and works. You can visit her Disney lifestyle blog here.