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Author: Local Diva

So you’ve just returned from a wonderful Disney World vacation and you’re feeling a little down – here are my top three tips on how to beat those Disney blues!

1. Plan your vacation around a holiday! (But be careful about busy times!!)

We plan all of our trips near a holiday so that when we return, we have something to decorate for and look forward to. Generally we go in October, which means we come home just in time to make costumes, bake cookies, and carve pumpkins.

Traveling in November? Save the Christmas decorating until you return. January? Decorate for Valentine’s day this year! Heck – are you returning in April? How about planning your first family Cinco de Mayo celebration! And as an added treat – pick up some Mickey Mouse themed pumpkin, Christmas tree, or St. Patty’s day rice crispy treats for dessert while you’re still vacationing. Trust me…they WILL have them in stock šŸ™‚

2. Have a Disney party!

This one is self explanatory. Pick up some “Pizza Planet” and pop in “Toy Story”, make someĀ Radiator Springs snacksĀ and watch “Cars”, or heat up some gumbo and watch “The Princess and the Frog”.

Added Bonus: Now would be a great time to sneak out those tiaras or Woody hats that you bought your kids on vacation!

3. Host a Disney memory night

This one is a family favorite! Fight the urge to look again and again and again at the 473,000 photos and videos that you snapped on vacation, and 1 week post trip, host a family memory night. Stick your photos in an album as you pass them around the table, make your best attempt at re-creating your families favorite meal from the trip (many recipes can be found HERE), and come up with a list of questions to draw from a hat. Here are some suggestions:

  • Who was your favorite character that you met?
  • What was your favorite meal?
  • If you went back, what ride would you ride FIRST?
  • What’s your favorite park?
  • What’s your favorite restaurant?
  • If you could work at Disney World, what job would you want?
  • Do you prefer the Mickey waffle, or the Mickey ice cream bar?
  • If you could only buy ONEĀ souvenir, what would you choose?Ā 
  • If you could be in one of the shows, who would you like to play (Sorcerer Mickey in Fantasmic, Indiana Jones in the Stunt Spectacular, Timon or Pumba in Lion King Live, etc.)
  • If you could only go back for ONE day, what would it look like?
  • If you could only take ONE photo at Walt Disney World, where would it be?
Sound off in the comments below, and let us know how YOUR family beats the Disney blues. And for the record, the Mickey Waffle takes the cake!