One of the biggest problems that our family inevitably deals with after we return from Disney World is (PDD) or Post Disney Depression.
For the longest time, I used to chuckle at people who said that they had “Post Disney depression”. I mean, whoever heard of such a thing!?
But it’s no joke! In fact, Post Disney depression is very much a real thing!
So what is Post Disney Depression?! Simply put it is that you miss Disney World, but I think that it is best described as that horrible feeling you get once you enter the Magical Express bus to head home from your resort.
Because that’s when it really begins. In fact, many people that I know have dubbed it the “tragical express” when you are on that solemn ride to the airport.
But it doesn’t end there at all! In the weeks, months and potentially years after you arrive home, the sinking (not so magical) feeling can last for some time.
Maybe because you just dropped all that money and had all that fun and now it’s time to go back to the daily grind.
Well, for whatever reason, I decided to write this article about Post Disney depression because it is something that we deal with every single time we get home from Disney.
Here are my top 5 ways to deal with post-Disney depression.
1. Watching ResortTV1 Livestreams
Right out of the gate, this stands out to me as the best way that we found to overcome the post-Disney blues.
ResortTV1 streams live from one of the four parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom) every single Friday Night.
They also somehow get their hands on videos like the one below! Talk about bringing Disney magic home!
We actually talked about them as well as several other Disney Livestreamers in one of our recent articles. So make sure you check that out as well.
For example, Spokesmayne claims to go live every single day from one of the parks. If you are hardcore and really need your Disney fix every day, then he will help you get past that hump.
2. The DPark Radio App
I’m here to tell you, I recently found this wonderful music app called the DPark Radio App and I LOVE it! You can listen to music from the parks anywhere! You can download the app on your phone or you can go to dparkradio.com and listen online.
They also have live webcam’s on their website! Everything from Port Canaveral Florida where Disney Cruises depart to the Disney Springs balloon cam!
If this doesn’t at least help give you a little bit of a Disney fix, then nothing will.
3. Find A Disney Community
Since most people won’t understand what your problem is or why Post Disney depression is affecting you so much it’s very important to find people who do!
Personally, I have found some wonderful groups of people in online social communities. There are literally dozens of Disney Facebook groups, Instagrams and more out there, all you have to do is look around.
4. Make A Scrapbook Of Your Disney Trip
If it’s a rainy day back in New England after a Disney Trip, we have had to try to come up with plenty of inventive ways to get over post Disney depression.
Making a scrapbook of your Disney trip will help for sure.
If you’ve never scrapbooked before, then there really isn’t much to it and you can be as creative as you’d like.
5. Plan Your Next Disney Trip
I know, I know! You just got back!
The fact of the matter is if you have Post Disney depression and are anything like most of us who have dealt with it. Then you will be planning your next trip sooner or later and there’s no better time then when you are depressed about being back in the daily grind to get the ball rolling for your next trip!
Some things to think about as your planning.
- Should I take more family with us next time? (Grandparents, etc.)
- Do I want to try a new Disney Resort?
- Things you didn’t get to eat that you wanted to.
- Rides you didn’t get to ride that you wanted to.
- Should you join Disney Vacation Club?
I know it’s hard to deal with everyday life when you get home. It’s always been hard for us. After our last trip, my husband had the flu the day after we got home! Poor guy! Even though he was lucky to get the flu AFTER getting home. I can’t even imagine dealing with the post-Disney blues and having the flu at the same time!
So just remember our tips for dealing the post-Disney blues the next time you get them and it will make the world a whole lot more magical than it would be otherwise. I promise you.
One thing I should mention as a side note is that in my personal opinion, there is no better way to get past the post Disney blues than writing a blog on the topic and helping others with their Disney travel planning.
That’s what I did!
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