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5 Easy Ways to Cope With Walt Disney World Withdrawal

Mickey and Friends outside castle

We’ve all experienced that dreaded moment…

The fireworks have faded. Magical mountains have been conquered, and the heroes have won the day. You’ve danced, you’ve dined, you’ve dreamed, and your Walt Disney World vacation has come to its close.

It starts slowly—a looming cloud of melancholy hovering in the blue Florida sky above the Magical Express. You find yourself restlessly checking My Disney Experience. You know you don’t need another Fastpass+ reservation—but who knows? What if your plane gets delayed? Maybe you should check dining reservations too. There was that one restaurant you forgot to eat at. A slow twitch works its way into your fingers, your toes, your eyes.

The Disney shakes are upon you.

We all expect the conclusion of a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth to be a little depressing, but many guests are utterly unprepared for the intensity of Walt Disney World vacation withdrawals. The hours and days after a successful trip can feel like a roller coaster of emotion. After all, you did just spend a whole week on the equivalent of a steady endorphin drip courtesy of Mickey Mouse.

What’s a Disneyphile to do? Here are a few tricks to help you cope with and overcome Walt Disney World withdrawals.

1. Relish your trip photos and videos

Cinderella Castle

Image: Jett Farrell-Vega (@mykingdomforamouse Instagram)

Slowly weaning off the magic is probably the best solution for WDWithdrawals. One of the easiest ways to start the process is spend some time enjoying your trip photos and videos. We often recommend bringing a headphones splitter (like this snazzy one with six ports) for passing time in lines, but it’s also a great tool for families who want to watch footage from the vacation together. This is especially nice for kids!

You don’t need to just stare longingly at your photos. Use the days following your vacation to get your photos and videos in order. Delete duplicates and make sure your favorites are backed up to the cloud. Pick up some great video clips during your vacation? You don’t need a film school degree to make seriously sharp home videos anymore. Many tech-savvy teens can clip together YouTube-worthy video compilations using nothing but a cell phone or tablet.

Instagram filters are a great tool if you want a simple way to take your photos to the next level. Have tons to choose from? Take on Disneygramming as a hobby—starting a Disney-specific Instagram account to share with friends, family, and the world.

Oh, and don’t forget to download any Photopass photos you picked up before they expire!

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