With the kids home from school in the summer many families plan a vacation to Walt Disney World. Planning a trip to Disney World can take days, weeks, and months. It is entirely likely you have spent countless hours researching your Disney trip. Finally the day has arrived to go to Disney. Seven glorious days and nights begin when you arrive at Disney. The days go by fast and the nights even faster. It has been the time of your lives when suddenly it’s over. You haven’t even left Disney property and that I miss Disney depression starts to settle in. Now what? I have listed some ideas you can try to avoid the post-Disney trip depression and keep the magic alive until you return again to the place “where dreams come true!”
- Something that I find helps is to start planning your next trip to Walt Disney World before you leave for your current trip. At the very least have a good idea when you would like to go again to Disney World.
- Start planning for the next Disney trip as soon as you get home.
- Take a ton of pictures and videos while on your Disney vacation and scrapbook your latest venture to preserve your memories of the trip.
- Bring home keepsakes that provide special memories of the vacation such as, park guide maps, park tickets/room key, trading pins, or vinylmations.
- Keep up to date with what’s going on in Walt Disney World by frequenting official Disney sites and Disney fan websites like this one, WDW Fan Zone. A few of the best sites around are All Ears and Mouse Planet. These sites and provide many of the tools you need for researching and planning a Disney vacation.
- Listen to Disney podcasts to keep informed and connected to people who are as passionate about Disney as you are. As far as I’m concerned, you will not find a podcast better than Lou Mongello’s WDW Radio Show. It is also one of the very best Disney fan websites around. Other unbelievably great podcasts are the Be Our Guest Podcast, WDW Today Podcast, PassPorter Moms Podcast and the MouseStation Podcast. The list of excellent Disney podcasts goes on and on. So I suggest that you check out our podcast page for other wonderful shows.
- Start your own blog. One of the things you can do to keep the magic alive between Disney trips is to start your a blog. There are several great Disney blogs out there written by passionate Disney fans like yourself. It is easy to start one and/or find the ones you like and enjoy a good read each day. There are so many great Disney blogs out there I’ll just mention a few I absolutely love to read like the Disney Parks Blog, the Disney Food Blog and Disney Shawn.
I must also mention that the writers of WDW Fan Zone are an extremely talented group of people many of whom have their own very awesome blogs and incredible podcasts. If you aren’t already familiar with these extraordinary people then I urge you to read their WDW Fan Zone articles. Discover where else you can find them on the internet because I assure you they will help you keep the Disney magic alive and well.
- Become a member of a Disney website forum where you can communicate with other Disney fans. Two of the very best forums are WDW Radio and the Be Our Guest Podcast.
- Join a social media community. Social Media has become one of the best ways to keep the magic alive between trips. The top social media outlets are Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. In addition to socializing with other Disney fans you can follow people who are currently visiting Disney World and relive your trip through their comments, pictures, and videos that they post while touring the parks.
The simplest way to keep the Disney magic alive is to keep it in your heart and in your dreams.