If you’re reading this, I’ll bet you fit into one of the following categories:
- You’re planning a magical Walt Disney World vacation
- You’ve just returned from a magical WDW vacation
- You’re currently at WDW on vacation
Planning is great fun, and actually BEING at Disney World is the best. But when we are in the second group, the Disney fans who have just returned home, life can be hard.
Once we leave the Disney bubble and return home, we are quickly reminded of the harsh realities of life.
There is NO monorail that will take us to work each day.
(Oh, how we long to hear, “Please Stand Clear of the Doors — Por Favor Mantengase Alejado De Las Puretas.”)
People do not say “Welcome Home” each time we enter a store or restaurant.
While there may be some real characters at work, they are NOT the same as the ones found on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom.
Many fans have called this Post Disney Depression (PDD). Take heart: there is a cure! You just have to take some Disney World magic home with you. We actually took an empty suitcase on our last trip just for treasures. Let me tell you, there is never enough suitcase room to bring it all home. So what are we to do? Suffer through until the next magical trip? No, we have great news for you. There are ways to take the magic home that cost next to nothing.
Hidden Mickeys make our family smile and make it easy to remember that great, relaxing time we experienced at Walt Disney World. With the beauty of autumn all around us, we easily turned our fall decorations into a garden of hidden Mickeys. We took a pair of Mickey ears and traced the size onto a piece of paper. Then we drew the shape onto a 1-inch thick piece of plywood. Using a jigsaw, we cut out our ears and spray painted them orange. Then we hammered a long nail into the flat side of each ear. The nail head easily pokes through any pumpkin, changing a normal fall decoration into a Mickey pumpkin.
We have had so many amazing meals at Walt Disney World. On our most recent trip, we just had to know which Fairy Godmother created the amazing Grand Floridian Strawberry Soup at the 1900 Park Fare Breakfast Buffet. When we asked a cast member, we found out we could Google the actual Grand Floridian Strawberry Soup recipe. It is so easy to make in our blender, with only four ingredients: yogurt, sour cream, heavy cream, and strawberries. Now when we crave a little magic, we can whip up a batch of soup at home. One glorious spoonful takes us back to that supercalifragilistic day we had breakfast with Mary Poppins at the Grand Floridian.
We also obtained the recipe for the mouth-watering French bread pudding with pecan praline sauce we enjoyed at Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. One bite and we were awestruck that anything could taste so incredible. Disney does not leave anything out when they share their recipes on the internet.
Yes, Disney does a great job of making us feel special from the moment we board the Magical Express at the Orlando airport. This year we were handed Happy Anniversary buttons upon our arrival. The buttons, which come in all celebration categories, are designed to help cast members know if you are celebrating a special event like a first trip to Disney World, a birthday or anniversary, a honeymoon, or anything special. We met numerous wonderful people on our trip who shared anniversary stories with us, all because we were wearing our free buttons. At home, our buttons are in a special place on the mantel. Recently, at school, I noticed a student with a book bag that had a Disney World “First Disney Trip” button. Naturally, I had to stop and talk Disney with her. Sharing our magical memories made both of us smile!
So when we are in between trips, we just create a little Disney magic at home. “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A, It’s a Wonderful Feeling – Wonderful Day!”
What’s your favorite way to take the Disney magic home with you? Tell us in the comments.
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