Does anyone else out there tear up on their final walk down Main Street? I know that when I hit that flag pole, I turn around for one last look at the castle and to say good bye to the happiest place on earth. The pure sense of melancholy that sets in on the day I depart Disney World usually lasts a week or more. When a place as special as Walt Disney World touches you, you will inevitably suffer from what I have termed, "Disney Depression." (DISCLAIMER: If you or someone you love is suffering from actual depression, please seek help from a doctor.)
So, how do you get over your "Disney Depression"? I have found in my years of Disney obsession, there are three ways to help stop the suffering:
1. Incorporate Disney Into Your Everyday Life
There are many people out there who live and breath Disney all day, every day. Their rooms are Disney-fied, they only watch Disney movies, and frequently are "Disney bounding" to work. Those people are awesome! But you don't need to go all out for the full on Disneyfication of your life, but merely incorporat a few Disney touches. Here are my favorites!
2. Watch a Disney Movie
3. BOOK YOUR NEXT TRIP!
If you have tried #1 and #2 and still are suffering from Disney Depression, then the fail-proof way to get over it is to channel it into excitement! Book that next trip! Whether it is with us at Adventureland Villa or to stay on property at Walt Disney World, you can quickly overcome the sadness by looking forward to the new experiences you are going to have or the new restaurants you are going to try or maybe its looking forward to revisiting your old favorites. If you have a future trip in mind, your Disney Depression will be a thing of the past!
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Sometimes the cost of souvenirs in the Disney parks can give some serious sticker shock. So if you are looking for alternative places to pick up a few things for the kids during your trip or maybe just need a bit of Disney magic while you're not on vacation, here are my top spots to look:
1. Kohls - Kohl's carries several Disney lines of clothing and toys! If you wait and catch their deals, they can be a real $ saver! I particularly like their line with Lauren Conrad which features a new Disney theme every season.
2.Dollar Tree - This is the perfect spot to find a few happies for your kids through their trip: tiny toys, washcloths, Disney crayons/markers.
3. Disney Character Outlet - There are two of these located near Orlando. They carry last season Disney merchandise, but really isn't Disney seasonless? We've have picked up some serious great loot including artwork for a fraction of the cost! (See my favorite find below!)
4. Walmart - Not everyone's favorite place to shop, but this is probably lowest cost place to find t-shirts and toys. The Walmart in Davenport Florida is stocked with Disney merchandise!
5. Ebay - If you are on the hunt for a particular character or collectible, this is definitely the go-to spot!
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!