/ Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

by Daniel Vickers

As many of our readers have pointed out, I should consider myself lucky living so close to the Parks. It has actually been a couple of weeks since I have made it out to the Kingdom, and I find myself going through withdrawals already.castle

I think back to our last trip in 2010, and the “coming down” period after our vacation. I can recall the dread in going back to work, the dismay associated with leaving the magic, and not knowing when we would be able to visit again. I am certain that this feeling is not unique, and I liken it to being a kid at Christmas, and knowing that the day after would bring with it a certain amount of sadness in knowing that it would be another year before this feeling would return.

One of the things that always helps me through the period after leaving Disney is music. I have several Disney albums on my music player and rely on them to get me through the day. We also try to fit in at least one Disney movie a week as a family. This tradition allows us to reinforce our core family values as well as educate our children in the timeless Disney classics.

Another thing that gets me through the downtime is Lou.  I had been a lurker for a couple of years prior to our moving to Florida, and visiting the website, watching the videos and listening to the podcast definitely allowed me to get back into that Disney spirit. I had so much fun during the D23 Expo through the livecast, hanging out with fellow Box People and just enjoying everything that Lou had to show us. When Kermit sang The Rainbow Connection my heart just melted into a big pile of “awesome sauce” and Orange Harvest made me want to leap for joy and cry in anguish at the same time. I was amazed at the generosity of Noah in donating the artwork for auction, and even more amazed at Beci and others for giving so generously to the Dream Team Project.

As you may have guessed, this week I want to know what you do to get through the downtime.

As always, you can reach me via Twitter (twitter.com/dvickers7982) or Facebook (facebook.com/daniel.vickers2).

Remember, you are a firework! Ignite the Light!




7 thoughts on “Never Grow Up: Disney Withdrawal”

  1. Sandra says:

    I totally agree. People think I am crazy because we go every month {or more} and I have withdrawals since my last visit. Even my 3 year old grandson just said to me “Gigi I am missing the Disney World” so obviously we are headed there this week! lol
    The Adored Home

  2. Tony E (BacksideOfWater) says:

    A couple things I do are watch the Vacation Planning DVDs (I have them all going back to 2009, the year of my first visit to WDW) and watching all the version of Stacey’s Top 7 Must Sees/Must Do Disney

  3. Brian Bernhard says:

    Why I listen to WDW Radio of course! For me, it’s the next best thing to being in the parks! 😀

  4. Chris says:

    Full screen some nice HD attraction ride throughs on Youtube. When I work I put on some park music. I like to plan a Disney vacation every year…even if it’s for just a weekend…that way I have something to look forward to.

  5. Katey says:

    I am a little bit addicted to watching park walthroughs on YouTube to feel like I’m in the parks!

  6. Jim O says:

    Man, what don’t I do?! Listen and follow Lou. Listen to Disney music to and from work. Read Celebrations magazine. Follow FB Disney friends. Start a blog. YouTube Disney rides. Draw “Hidden Mickeys” on everything. Look at pictures from past WDW trips. Read WDW planning books. Watch WDW planning dvd’s. Plan our next WDW trip. Become a “Box person”. The list goes on…

  7. Teresa says:

    I start planning my next trip….even if its 3 years away.