Departure day is always the saddest day of a Disney vacation. I never want to leave Walt Disney World, but sadly every Disney vacation does come to an end. But that certainly doesn’t mean the fun has to stop just because it’s departure day.
My family has a tradition of going to a character breakfast at one of the resorts on the last day of our vacation. While we don’t have time to go to a park before heading to the airport, we can experience the Disney magic by dining in a themed restaurant with some of our favorite Disney characters. On our past several trips, we have enjoyed dining with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto at the Polynesian’s ‘Ohana on departure day. Other character breakfast options at the Disney resorts include 1900 Park Faire at the Grand Floridian, Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary, and Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club.
Visiting Downtown Disney is another great way to enjoy the last day of your Disney vacation. Even if you visited these stores previously during your trip, it’s still fun to look at all the Disney merchandise again. If you saw something in the parks earlier in your trip and later decide you would like to purchase it, chances are you will be able to find it at one of the stores in Downtown Disney. The Downtown Disney area also has great food, including my favorite – the Mickey ice cream bars. There’s even a train for little ones to ride at the Marketplace.
Even if you don’t have time to spend time in the parks on departure day, you can see one last view of Magic Kingdom and Epcot with a couple of monorail rides. The monorail is considered to be its own attraction by many Disney guests. So take a ride past the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary, and the Magic Kingdom on the Magic Kingdom monorail. When you arrive at Magic Kingdom, head over to the Epcot monorail for a ride through Future World.
What is your favorite way to add a little Disney magic to your departure day? Let us know in the comments below!