September 10, 2022
Are you experiencing a Walt Disney World hangover after just returning to the real world after a Disney vacation? Leaving Walt Disney World Resort is always sad but can be downright tough when you don’t know when you’ll be returning. You are not alone; all Disney fans have experienced the Disney blues at one time or another. We are here with some ideas to help you bridge the gap between Disney vacations.
Follow these tips to make a little bit of Disney magic at home.
Wish you could enjoy the sights and sounds of the parks without a ticket? Hop on Disney TikTok for a fast and free Disney World fix! Walt Disney World Resort fans gather on TikTok to interact around Park content. See Disney POVs of ride queues complete with music and remember the details about your favorite Parks and Resorts. Virtually stroll through Harambe in Animal Kingdom or down Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom.
Enjoy clips of attractions at Hollywood Studios and plan what eats you are going to snag on your next visit to EPCOT. Check out my favorite Disney TikTok content creators here, and don’t forget to follow disneydining on TikTok!
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Walking into a Disney Resort or Park brings immediate goosebumps for Disney lovers. The smells, sounds, and ambiance trigger a surge of wonderful memories. Lucky for you, you do not have to purchase a Park ticket or hop on a flight to Orlando to experience the sounds of Disney.
Disney-up your workday by streaming Sounds of Disney Podcast while you work. Each episode begins with a brief Disney news update before launching into music from a certain Park area. Episodes include clips from both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, as well as holiday clips. If listening to the New Orleans Square soundtrack, Beach Club Resort lobby background music, or EPCOT World Showcase music sounds like your perfect playlist — do not miss this podcast. Close your eyes and pretend you are on a Disney trip.
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Planning Park day outfits and sleuthing out Disney home goods, accessories, and clothes that feature favorite Disney characters is one of my hobbies. Most people think of shopDisney.com as the place to go for Disney merchandise; while it’s certainly a great place to shop, there are even more options.
Shopping online or in-store at Box Lunch Gifts or Hot Topic is a great idea for those on the hunt for Disney jewelry, accessories, and outfits. If you are craving a specific product from the parks, marked down Disney merch, or a unique vintage product — do not forget to check out Poshmark, Mercari, eBay, and Etsy. After all, the thrill of the hunt is half the fun!
Custom Disney merchandise, vintage Park buttons and tickets, throwback Christmas ornaments, and custom t-shirts are just a few of the things I’ve snagged from shopping these sellers. You can even snag vintage Disney Resort merchandise on these sites to prep for your next trip to the most magical place on earth!
Nothing beats kicking back and watching your favorite Disney movie. Even if you have seen it dozens of times, the nostalgia and familiarity of a Disney movie night is a great way to beat the blues. Disney+ is full of Disney animated and live-action films. We bet you will find a forgotten favorite movie to enjoy on Disney+ during your next family movie night. Snag some character-shaped food — (grocery store Mickey Premium Bars, anyone?) or cook up your own favorite Disney trip foods, then kick back to have a family movie night.
Obviously, Disney dining is a huge part of the vacation magic for many of us. You likely have a favorite Disney meal, cocktail, or snack that you dream about between vacations. Cure the post-Disney blues and learn a new recipe. Make a copycat S’mores Shake from D-Luxe Burger or channel Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom by making your own Dole Whip!
Why not hit the internet to learn how to recreate your favorite Disney recipes at home?! TikTok, Pinterest, and fan blogs are full of copycat Disney Resort recipes. Recreating Polynesian Village Resort’s Lapu Lapu pineapple cocktail at home or 1900 Park Fare’s Strawberry Bisque makes an ordinary day at home a bit more magical.
The more you know about the Walt Disney Company history and Disney Park history, the more you can appreciate the little details of your next Disney vacation. Do some reading to brush up on Disney history; there are so many great books to choose from that range from Walt Disney’s life story to background on Imagineering and books about the history of Disney animation. Do not miss the Disney+ series Behind the Attraction or The Imagineering Story. We promise you will have a new appreciation for your favorite parks and attractions after learning more about them in these shows.
Enlist your whole family or friend group to have a Disney-themed night. Choose a Park, Disney restaurant, Disney movie, or any other Disney detail you love, and go all out. Print menus, cook themed food, dress the part, stream Park music and share the magic with your loved ones as you celebrate.
My family got into the spirit without a Disney dining reservation on a Lady & The Tramp-themed night. We recreated iconic dishes and cocktails from Magic Kingdom Main Street U.S.A. restaurant Tony’s Town Square. After getting in the Bella Notte mood and serving up heaping plates of spaghetti, we settled down to watch the live-action Lady and The Tramp movie.
If you can’t ride Disney attractions in person, why not ride them virtually? Relive the magic through the eyes of vloggers on YouTube. When I miss the parks, I look up vintage ride videos online, Disney dining reviews, and vlogger day-by-day vacation diaries. You can virtually “ride” long-lost attractions like Horizons and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride on YouTube. For a Disney fan, Disney vlogs are where it’s at!
Bring out those photo albums or open your camera role, Disney fan, it’s time to flip through vacation memories. Regardless of if you are flipping through vacation photos from a week ago or twenty years ago, reminiscing about the details of a Disney vacation is an excellent way to reflect on all the great memories made on your trip.
If you haven’t taken the time to make a tangible album, consider printing photos to make a photo album or scrapbook. If digital scrapbooking is more your style, use a website like Shutterfly to print a custom digital scrapbook so you can routinely flip through your memories. Chat with your family about memories, attraction favorites, highlights, and funny memories, so you can add photo captions and details to your album.
Sure, you might not be booking a Disney vacation any time soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dream up your next vacation. Research Disney Resorts, restaurants, and activities, so you have an idea of what you want to do on your next vacation. Check ride wait times, so you can make informed Park plans. Research crowd trends and Resort prices to inform your next vacation, and read about dining options and Disney extras like parties and events.
We hope these tips will make your time away from Walt Disney World Resort a bit more bearable. Hopefully, you’ll be planning your next Disney vacation soon!
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