When people think of Disney World, they usually think of going on rollercoasters like Space Mountain or meeting Minnie Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle. While these are highlights of any trip, that might not be what you find yourself missing when you get home.
There’s not doubt that ‘post Disney-depression’ can make you feel a little down when you return back home after a perfect holiday. Here are some of the little things that you miss from time playing in the parks and soaking up the magic.
- Everyone waves at everyone – no matter if they’re on a bridge, a boat, or the other side of the PeopleMover. I remember getting off the Disney Cruise and being genuinely surprised that people didn’t wave at me! Those high fives with the merchandise Cast Members as you walk down Main Street may seem like a tiny part of day, but all those moments add up.
- The smells. My favourite smell of all time might just be freshly popped corn and turkey legs (even though I’d never attempt to eat the latter). Then there’s the explosive smell of fireworks at the end of the night as you’re heading home, or the smell of ice cream and cookies as you step into the Main Street Bakery. Yum!
- The jolly automated welcome messages. No matter if they’re on the resort buses welcoming you to the parks every morning, or if you’re trying to learn how to say ‘please stand clear from the doors’ in Spanish. For the record, it’s ‘por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas’. Classic.
- Seeing your favourite childhood movie characters pop out from behind the corner. It gets fairly commonplace to see Donald Duck walking to and from his meet and greet location, but it’s not like he strolls by your house back home!
- Minnie ears are the ultimate fashion accessory. From the second you get on that plane to the moment that you step back on the Magical Express, the Minnie ears are never too far from your head. But back home, people tend to give you funny looks if you wear them while walking down the street.
- Likewise with the Goofy hats, cheesey t-shirts, and Mickey mitts. The real world is a sad place.
- Your MagicBand is glued to your arm. And why wouldn’t it be? With it functioning as a park ticket, memory maker, Fastpass+ holder and credit card, as well as being waterproof, there’s no reason to take it off. Your wrist will certainly look bare without that flash of colour.
- Being excited to get up in the morning. A 6:30am start? No problem, because you’re off to see the Magic Kingdom welcome show at Extra Magic Hours. Early mornings don’t quite have the same appeal back home.
- The fast walk-that-isn’t-quite-a-run whenever you go to rope drop at a park. You really need to be first in line to Tower of Terror, but there are always some handy Cast Members on stand-by to make sure people don’t sprint through the park. I know safety comes first, but that would be so much fun. It takes a lot more to motivate me to run back home!
- Adorable kids dressing up as princesses and pirates in the parks. I got so used to saying ‘hello princess’ to little girls who were in Cinderella costumes that I had to stop myself from saying the same to kids on the street. Somehow it’s not creepy in the slightest at Disney!
- Endless smiles of people having the time of their lives. It’s not quite as easy to muster a grin on the tube at rush hour, but in Disney everyone is so thankful that they’ve been able to make their trip.
What are your favourite little Disney things? I’d love to read them, so do leave a comment!