Beating the Post Disney Blues – Part 2

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You planned what to do before your trip – how to tell the kids, what to pack, book the flight, or chart the roadmap course. You definitely planned what to do during your trip – where to stay, what to visit, where and what to eat. Did you plan what to do after the trip? After vacationing at the happiest place on earth, it is hard to come back to reality when your vacation is finished. To make your return home a little less “blue”, you may want to organize a plan for your return home from your trip.

Jedi Training Certificate
Jedi Training Certificate

1) Plan time with friends: Before you leave for vacation, make plans within the first week or two of your return with someone fun. That’s what friends are for – to lift your spirits. Our kids usually miss their friends by the time we get back, so we invite a whole family over. If you know someone else who is planning a trip to Disney, even better. You can share all of your tips while they are still fresh in your mind.

2) Frame the souvenir: Did you pick up any certificates or autographs while in the park? Frame it with a photo of the event happening. My son trained as a Jedi and fought Darth Vader. Now he has the certificate and photo to prove it.

3) Clean: Clean your house before you leave. I think I heard a simultaneous groan from everyone who read this tip, but I got this tip from my Mom, so it must be good motherly advice. I know cleaning is the last thing you want to do while you are packing and trying to get to bed early so you can have a fresh start on departure day. You do not need to clean the day before you leave, but maybe within the week before you leave. As my Mom always says, it feels so much nicer to come home to a clean house rather than a messy one.

4) Listen to Music from the Parks: Listen to music from attractions at the parks. You can close your eyes and almost image you are there riding the Pirates of the Caribbean. Disney sells music from both Disneyland and Disney World resorts. Although some songs overlap both albums. You may find more about these albums at New Official Music Albums Releasing at Disney Parks

5) Keep Walking: How many miles did you walk while you were at Disneyland or Disney World? Without even knowing it, you started a training program. Keep it up. As an added bonus, walking can lift your mood.

6) Spread Good Fortune: Give your time or a donation to a charity. More specifically, make a gift to Give Kids the World (GKTW). GKTW is a non-profit organization that gives children with life-threatening illnesses (and their families) a cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions. GKTW is highly ranked on Charity Navigator, siting it as a highly reputable charity. They also accept volunteers to assist them in achieving their goals.

7) Write about it: On the return trip, write about your favorite moments of the trip. Have the kids create a top ten list of their favorite moments. If they are not old enough to write, they can draw pictures of their favorite moments.

8) Scrapbook it: Did you get any free souvenirs, like maps, special event pamphlets, confetti, celebration pins, stickers, or Kidcot crafts? If they are flat, you can arrange them onto a placemat sized paper and have them laminated. This may not match your fine china, but it goes pretty well under a bowl of cereal. For bulkier items, purchase a shadow box at a craft store and arrange the items inside for display.

9) Purchase a souvenir to use every day:

Brush your teeth with Disney
Brush your teeth with Disney

While at Disney, pick up something that you can use every day once you return home. Each night my kids brush their teeth with their plastic Disney cups from the Pirates of the Caribbean gift shop. When I need a break at work, I love glancing down at my Disney mug and thinking about my favorite moments of our trip. For more ideas, please read Incorporating Disney into Everyday Life by Angela Dahlgren, fellow blogger.

10) Postcards: Send postcards to friends, family, and yourself! Sometimes I like to see who gets home first – the postcard or me. Postage is available at the parks in various gift shops, but only at certain locations, so it may be easiest to take stamps with you. In the age of email and Facebook messages, it is a delight to receive handwritten correspondence in the “snail mail”.

For more ideas, be sure to visit the original, Beating the Post Disney Blues, by fellow blogger, Daisy Lauren.

 

 

KimT

Kim has been visiting Disney since the mid-1970s and can sing “If You Had Wings”, the song from the defunct ride, to prove it. She still gets excited every time she sees Cinderella’s castle, but now she shares the joy with her children.

8 thoughts on “Beating the Post Disney Blues – Part 2

  • October 8, 2014 at 11:20 am
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    I would love to elaborate on number 4. There is an album collection out there called Musical History of Disneyland. It has the complete rides and shows on there. We transferred it to the iPod and love to “ride” on the Haunted Mansion, Pirates, Mark Twain, Train, Tiki Room (full show), Country Bear Jamboree, etc. You get to hear more of what is said at these things to and the nuances of the jokes are hysterical. It is Disneyland but you can relate a lot to the Magic Kingdom. It is amazing. It is expensive but perhaps you can find the set used on Ebay or the individual recordings somewhere else.

    • October 8, 2014 at 10:30 pm
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      Sounds like a lot of fun to listen to. Thanks for the information.

  • October 8, 2014 at 11:46 am
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    Also in regards to #4, I actually find just the opposite. Listening to music from the parks makes me even sadder it’s over. 🙁

    • October 8, 2014 at 10:34 pm
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      Hopefully one of the other tips will help. 🙂

  • October 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm
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    I really agree with #9. We just got home from our “Big Disney Blow Out Trip” on Monday night and I have used my Tinker Bell coffee mug the past 2 mornings as well as my Mickey wine glass! It was really hard to wake up 13 hours away from Disney World in my own bed yesterday morning, but I’ve found that starting to plan for our next trip in 2 years, to be a big mood booster. Doing it now, just after our trip, everything is fresh in our minds of what we would do and would not do again next time, as well as things we just couldn’t squeeze into our 7-days there this time around. We also had a big picture viewing “party” for just the 4 of us last night to relive some of the memories. We had taken a couple videos of the parades and character meetings, too, which were great to watch! Thanks for a very helpful article in helping to beat those post-Disney blues!

    • October 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm
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      Sounds like you had a fantastic trip! I love the Mickey wine glass.

  • October 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm
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    My favorite way to beat the post Disney blues is to plan my next trip!

    • October 8, 2014 at 10:39 pm
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      Definitely!

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