How do you handle post disney depression?

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How do you handle post disney depression?

We have been back a week and I'm feeling a little down. While I'd love to plan another trip we just don't have the funds. We're more likely to set off for a road trip to cedar point but I know it won't measure up. How do you all deal with the down times between trips to wdw?

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I HAVE HAVE HAVE to have a WDW trip to plan. Even if it is way far out.

I also need some amusement park fixes, so we head up to this rinky dink cute little place, Lake Winnepesaukah. It is small, and mostly has rides that I don't like, but I enjoy the atmosphere fix.

I also make DH take us all to Chattanooga for a Saturday day trip to take in the Creative Discovery Museum and / or the Aquarium and some lunch.

I have to have some sort of recreational thing to plan and research. Otherwise I would go NUTS!

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Is there ever a school vacation that is reasonable to go during? I can no longer take them out of school and miss any days

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as soon as i get home book my next disney vacation

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I wish I could! It would probably be 2 years away and during a school vacation Sad

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I plan other things. Work around the house (painting), marathon training, make a photo album book of our last trip... or a trip to somewhere else for just me and DH. Smile

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Scrapbook!! I admit I don't do it (no patience) but my sister does. So we get to re-live our Disney times over and over and over again!!

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That's a good idea. We have all these photopass plus photos on cd now. 150 pics!!

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I plan my next trip, even when I don't have firm dates on the next trip, even when the next trip might be two or three years away. Not knowing can make trip planning more interesting because I get to plan for more than one trip - what will the season be, what special events might be happening, who might go along, etc. It takes a while to cover all the possibilities when you don't know when you're going next.

I also read other people's trip reports and check all the blogs and news sites. And yes, other parks aren't Disney, but they do help. Hersheypark opens this weekend for the summer season, and I can have some fun there.

But even with all this, there's no escaping the post-Disney blues. They fade eventually.

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WDWfanatic wrote:
I HAVE HAVE HAVE to have a WDW trip to plan. Even if it is way far out.

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I also read other people's trip reports and check all the blogs and news sites.

This. When we got back from our trip in October I immediately started planning our next trip....for end of 2014/beginning of 2015. It sounds crazy, but it gets me through the blues knowing that I have made a decision on going back there, even if the trip is far out. I also love reading trip reports and Disney World news to remind myself why I love the World so much to begin with.

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When is the best time to go in a year or 2? The kids are hitting the age where I can't really pull them out of school. It starts to look bad for middle school applications. Don't ask! Columbus Day 2014? Rosh hashana 2014? Seems far away Sad

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Planning a Disney trip costs nothing, so I've always got one or two in the works, even if I don't know when I'll be going on them. I spend a lot of time on message boards growing community. Write about Disney, research about Disney, talk about Disney, watch Disney movies, listen to Disney music and podcasts, point our Disney things around town. I Facebook, Tweet, Pin, and Instagram Disney. LoL... more of less my whole life revolves around Disney.

I get the Disney Blues too though. It can be really frustrating when all my internet friends are down there and I'm stuck at home. Last week was especially hard so I tried to really dive into my work so I would have more money for Disney in June.

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Doyouwanna wrote:
When is the best time to go in a year or 2? The kids are hitting the age where I can't really pull them out of school. It starts to look bad for middle school applications. Don't ask!

Even though you said "don't ask", I am exceptionally curious...what are middle school applications?

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I swear alot for the first few weeks back. Then I start thinking about the next trip, even though it might be a year or 2 out.

I also go through all the pictures and pick out the ones I want for a scrapbook. I also go to Michaels and look for scrapbooking paper and stuff, and an album, if I didn't get one at Disney. Then work on organizing and putting it together over a month or 2.

Then I just sit in my Disney room and pout for a loooong time, and listen to my Disney CD and stare at my pins and momentos, put on some ears now and then and pout some more.

Joe won't let me start getting out any Christmas decorations yet (even through they are *right there* in the closet in boxes!! Grrr!) so I sneak a peak every now and then, and start planning where all the decorations will go in the apartment.

I know..but it gets me by Smile

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Joe won't let me start getting out any Christmas decorations yet (even through they are *right there* in the closet in boxes!! Grrr!) so I sneak a peak every now and then, and start planning where all the decorations will go in the apartment.

I know..but it gets me by Smile

Joe is such a Kill Joy. How do you stand it? Glad to hear from you. I was getting worried that you had disappeared. clapping

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I wasn't really sad about leaving Disney until a couple of days after we got home and then it hit me... But we are starting to come up to the time where we can buy our plane tickets and book our ADR's for our November trip so that is helping

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In NYC you have to apply to middle and high school based on your test scores and they look at absences in 4th and 5th grade!

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Doyouwanna wrote:
In NYC you have to apply to middle and high school based on your test scores and they look at absences in 4th and 5th grade!

That's crazy.... So what happens if you don't get in

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Everyone gets in somewhere but you might go to a crummy school and likely a crummy high school. Its good in a way because the kids have to get serious about school early on but it def adds pressure and makes parents NUTS

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I've shifted the paradigm. I have decided to think of WDW as my primary home. Unfortunately I have to make these extended temporary trips to my second home in NH. So, basically when I have to leave WDW, I know it's only temporary and I will be back home ASAP.

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Buffalo Bill that's a great idea!! WDW is now my first home in my head. mickey

Doyouwanna wrote:
In NYC you have to apply to middle and high school based on your test scores and they look at absences in 4th and 5th grade!

Ugh! No wonder you don't want them to miss school. Unfortunately, I think all the school holidays are busy times to go. But at least it's still Disney!

For Disney Depression, as well as organizing photos and hypothetical trip planning, I like to make disney recipes and eat the types of foods and snacks I had there (ie. granny smith apples with caramel, various types of cupcakes, and frozen cheese pizzas like in the food courts!).

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Joe won't let me start getting out any Christmas decorations yet (even through they are *right there* in the closet in boxes!! Grrr!) so I sneak a peak every now and then, and start planning where all the decorations will go in the apartment.

I know..but it gets me by Smile

By the way JeffC, I got around this by leaving my tree up this year! I have a 6-foot narrow tree that's in an inconspicuous corner in my study, and it's filled with all my WDW decorations!!! It's out of the way so hubby doesn't have to see it everyday, lol. Do you have a private corner in your place? Wink

I guess that also helps with my Disney depression. laugh

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Doyouwanna wrote:
Everyone gets in somewhere but you might go to a crummy school and likely a crummy high school. Its good in a way because the kids have to get serious about school early on but it def adds pressure and makes parents NUTS

Well it's a good thing I don't live in NYC cause I'm the bad parent who took her kids out of school twice this year to go to Disney... Lol

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We went the week of Columbus day in 2012 and it was great. The lines weren't bad at all! It was pretty much a 20 min wait for most rides. The longest wait was 40 min and it wasn't very often. Maybe we were in the right parks at the right time but I thought it was great!

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I'm suffering badly from post Disney depression right now. I want to start planning our next trip but DH says we should not make any decisions until we have more of an idea of our financial situation. He's probably right, but I wanna go back so badly and I just wish I knew when! Have my mouse ears on, working on my trip report/uploading pictures to FB. If nothing else, I'm very excited about Christmas and hopefully we'll get some Disney decorations. x

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For $200 you can get a countdown timer going. That's what we do and it just makes us feel good. When the timer nears 45 days, then we decide to either commit or abort mission.

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If I get Disney post depression, I just get into my car and drive to one of the parks. laugh

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lolastardust, I am always planning a Disney trip. I believe that just because I may not know when I'm going back, I KNOW that I am going back. yay

You know eventually you ARE going back to Disney. Maybe it would help your "Disney Blues" if you started planning your "As Soon As We Can Make it Back To Disney" trip. clapping

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AnnielovesDisney wrote:
lolastardust, I am always planning a Disney trip. I believe that just because I may not know when I'm going back, I KNOW that I am going back. yay

You know eventually you ARE going back to Disney. Maybe it would help your "Disney Blues" if you started planning your "As Soon As We Can Make it Back To Disney" trip. clapping


Heh, thank you! We made a rough estimate for when we are returning and I made a countdown to make myself feel better. I'm going to make a Disney Bucket List of things I want to do. yay

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lolastardust we were at WDW the week of Sept. 15. I think my wife and I are as depressed as you sound, we are more depressed than our kids. We speak about planning a new trip but haven't yet received all the bills of this trip; so we don't know if we can afford another trip in the near future.

Which dates were you at WDW? What recommendation has worked for you to overcome the post-disney depression?

Thanks!

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welcome Black vii!!!