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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1. Refillable Water Bottle – A bottle of water at Disney can cost around $2, but you are absolutely allowed to bring in your own water bottle and refill them with the free cups of water at the counter service restaurants or the water fountains. Staying hydrated is so key to spending a full day a park!
2. Cooling Towel – These small towels that cool when wet can be a life saver in the heat of day. Whether your have a hot toddler or a cranky husband, these are worth every penny!
3. Glow Sticks/Light Up Toys – Once the sun starts to set the street vendors with the bright glow toys and the spinning toys are EVERYWHERE. And every child wants one. Do yourself a favor and already have on handy in your bag.
4. Ponchos – In Florida a rain storm is to be expected at least once during your trip. Grab some ponchos from the Dollar Tree before you leave home. The ones in the park are usually about $6!
5. Apparel/Costumes – Inside the park these are going to cost major $$$. But if you scope out your local Wal-Marts, Targets, and even Etsy, you can grab Disney apparel and costumes for way less!
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!
So many guests and friends of mine have asked, “So is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Worth It?” Spoiler Alert: YES. You can stop reading right here…but why not keep going...
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a special ticket event in the Magic Kingdom that takes place between September 2nd and October 31st on select nights of the week. The ticket costs start at $72 per person depending on the night of the party and if you buy them advance. If you don’t go to the park before 4pm, you don’t need park admission to enter the park. We usually use this day to relax by the pool or sleep in to save up energy (and that park ticket!) for the party!
What’s so special about it??
First off, COSTUMES! Ok, so maybe this one doesn’t just grab everyone, but for me this is a biggy. On any normal day in Magic Kingdom adults are not allowed to dress up for fear of confusion with characters, but not so during MNSSHP!
There are some rules of course for the safety of everyone, but in general adults can dress up as their favorite Disney character and enjoy Halloween like a kid again! I also just love to see all the other families in their costumes and themes. Some of them rival the characters is authentic details and creativity! So get ready for some people watching!
Second, trick-or-treating! All over the Magic Kingdom Cast Members (CMs) are stationed handing out gobs of treats. The quality of candy has also gone up in the recent years and theres just something about trick-or-treating near that castle that is more magical that wondering who is at home on your street.
Boo To You Parade!
Third, the “Boo to You” Parade is not to be missed! Headlined by the Headless Horseman, and followed by your favorite ghools and villans, this parade is fun and catchy and really not scary at all. The parade also features really rare characters such as Wreck-it Ralph! The parade is performed 2x each night and the crowds get intense, so I highly recommend finding your seats EARLY in the night.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!
The list keeps going! So next up is the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. Now this is not a normal stop for me, but people have raved about the recently revamped show featuring the characters from Hocus Pocus, an older Disney Halloween film resurging in popularity. If you or your kids like shows, definitely check this one out!
On the nights of the MNSSHP the normal fireworks show, Wishes, is replaced with Hallowishes. Hallowishes is truly awesome. It is 12 minutes of awestruck as Disney has perfectly coordinated their fireworks to Villains theme songs. Its creepy and fun! There are several great locations to catch this show from inside the park, but usually I recommend watching from the main center in front of the castle, but just a bit to the right (close to Tomorrowland) so that you can disperse from the crowds easily after the show is over.
Low Wait Times!
Exclusive Merchandise and Snacks!
If you are one of the thousands of people that collect anything Disney (limited edition pins, mugs, shirts, whatever!), then the exclusive merchandise may be a big draw for you!
This is one my FAVORITE events of the year at Disney and I cannot recommend it enough! Have you been?? Let us know!
These are the party dates for 2016:
September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!