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Disney Hangover: How to Cure Post-Vacation Blues

By Megan Jordan |

Vacation is over. Time to go back to work and school. Back to rules and schedules and alarm clocks. No more sleeping in or fireworks or face painting in the shadow of the Tower of Terror.

Wait. Did you think I was talking about holiday break? No. (shakes head) Nothing so pedestrian and non-magical as the holidays.

Right. Yes. So, I’m sad because I miss our Walt Disney World family vacation.

Well. Ugh.

Have you ever trudged through the post-Disney blues? Suffered from a Disney vacation hangover?

Apparently it’s sort of a real thing, as I Googled “Disney hangover” in a research attempt at deciding if it was an inappropriate phrase to use on a parenting site. I am far from alone in my affliction, as you’ll find dozens of posts on blogs and message boards looking for cures for what ails us post-Disney getaway.

Wondering if you have the post-Disney vacation blues? Think you may have had them in the past?
Want to head them off? Symptoms may include:

  • inability to focus on work because you are wondering what time the next parade is
  • wishing you had a FastPass while in line at the grocery store or airport
  • obsessively checking package rates for “just a little weekend getaway, I swear!” when you are supposed to be checking email
  • difficulty sleeping because you know it’s Magic Hours somewhere
  • calculating the cost of every holiday gift as it relates to portions of a Disney vacation package (“That could have bought a day’s Park Hopper pass!”)

Sigh. I’m really guilty of that last one. The moment I finished Christmas shopping, I recalculated the total and sank deeper into my chair with the realization that we could have almost bought a value-resort weekend getaway to WDW with that money if I’d only thought ahead!

Who needs material things? I want memories! (Living within driving distance of Orlando is, let’s say, distracting.)

Before you let the magic of your Disney Vacation dim (throws glitter and twirls), take a look at some of these coping skills tips to help keep your Disney memories feeling warm and cozy, not frown-y and pokey. Because, absolutely, it’s a brilliant wish upon a star to have the opportunity to share a Disney vacation with your family and one we shouldn’t let tarnish after we’ve returned home just because you miss the mouse magic.

How to Cure a Disney Vacation Hangover:

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Disney Hangover: How to Cure Post-Vacation Blues

Always buy your ride photos!

Our favorite part of Walt Disney World was the rides. We probably rode Space Mountain 20 times.
 

What post-vacation Disney hangover symptoms have you noticed? What are your tips for getting over the post-Disney blues? Favorite Disney-related blogs, podcasts, or forums?
Share your symptoms, cures, and tips in the comments!

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More of Megan on Threadbare Theory:

Living in Our Pajamas for the Holidays
Science of Perception: School Style Edition
(or how to avoid the “nerd” label)
Ghost Hunting Moms: Haunted Law Firm
(watch our first episode)

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Megan Jordan parents and writes by the same theory: the beauty is in the threadbare. "Relish the Velveteen. Revel in the Threadbare." underscores her personal blog, Velveteen Mind. Mother to three in Gulfport, Mississippi, Megan infuses her writing with depth as rich as bayou mud and humor bold as blackened shrimp. Read bio and latest posts → Read Megan's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Disney Hangover: How to Cure Post-Vacation Blues

  1. KM says:

    Seriously!?!? I have deemed this PDD – post Disneyland depression. Had no idea about MouseWorld radio but am streaming it live now! Thanks for making this syndrome known!!!!

  2. This is a great article! Awesome tips. I hope you don’t mind, but I am sharing this article with my clients – but with a link to your blog post, no copy/paste.

  3. Mandy says:

    I loved reading this. I am here right now and already getting depressed about leaving in three days!!!

  4. Kim says:

    I hope someday to experience this! I have never been, not even when I was a kid. But, I would LOVE to take my kids so they can experience the magic.

  5. Sara says:

    Downloaded Mouse World, brings me slightly closer to Disney!! So many great tips! I especially love the food one, I didn’t even think to bring some home with me, but I did stock up on all those hotel room goodies (I love our Mickey Soap!)

  6. Megan Jordan says:

    Sara, aren’t those podcasts and park stations great?! Listening to the sounds of the parks while I’m writing is honestly more fun than you’d think.

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