I'm on a Disney World high. I just got back from my home away from home and I am up on my cloud—can't nobody get me down! If you are anything like me, then you've probably gone through the crazy re-entry process after a Disney trip. The stages follow a predictable pattern:
Stage One: Denial—"I'm not going home!!!!"
Stage Two: Sadness—"Why am I home????"
Stage Three: Delirium—"I'll just check hotel availability for oh say ... a few months from now (it never hurts to just look)!"
Stage Four: Insanity—"So ... I booked another trip!"
Stage Five: Planning!!!! (booking, reservations, FastPass+...)
Any of this sounding familiar to you? If you're a diehard Disney fan, you've probably found yourself along this continuum. I know I have and it just so happens that I may or may not currently be at stage five already. That's right! I'm going to Disney (yes, again). The struggle is real.
Today I'm sharing my top five tips to get you through the stages of Disney withdrawal. If there's anything I can do to ease the pain and anguish of Disney separation, I'm willing to do it! Let's jump right in and keep the magic going!
Stage One Strategy: Acceptance
Accepting the fact that your trip is over is hard, but it is indeed necessary in order to progress through the stages of Disney withdrawal. My fiance and I always say, "You have to work in order to go to Disney World." That's right, look for the positives upon your return. Think of all the memories you'll be able to share, the photos you'll be able to post, the scrapbooking, oh my! I recommend checking out the Crafts and Fun Stuff section of our blog to find cool crafts, DIYs, and more to ease you back into reality! Why not keep the magic mindset?
Strategy Two: Choose Happy
I know it is hard to kick away the gloom of the afterglow of a Disney trip. I think you have to choose happiness. Use your Disney Resort mug on your daily commute, frame one of your magical PhotoPass pictures, write with a Disney pen at your desk, listen to music from the parks on your run, and surf the web for Disney articles, photos and videos. Life is good when you sprinkle in some pixie dust throughout your day!
Strategy Three: Indulge
Go ahead and browse hotels and ticket prices. That's right, even if a trip can't happen right away, you can get in the habit of checking out resorts, events and tickets. It really is a good idea! It doesn't hurt to just look ... right?
Strategy Four: Be a Dreamer
Okay, so if you've made it just about full circle in this withdrawal continuum, then you've probably found yourself clicking the only little button between you and happiness. That's right, you've put those tickets and hotel room in your cart. It's okay. It's just you being a memory maker. You see the world half full, every moment is an opportunity, and you're probably happier than the average Joe. Brush off those feelings of fleeting regret. You're going to Disney World!
Strategy Five: Get on it!
Planning is half the fun! I love mapping out every detail and you can bet that Undercover Tourist has got you covered! From special events like FerryTale Wishes! to tips, tricks and DIYs, you have got plenty to inspire you to create a wonderful trip to the most magical place on earth!
I hope these tips will help you to get through your own Disney withdrawals. Let us know what you do to fight the Disney blues in comment below!
Until next time, keep it magical!