How To Cope With Post-Disney Depression

4 August 2015

Only when you leave the Magic Kingdom do you realise how good you had it. The repetitive jingles and grinning characters might get a little tired while you're there, but put some space between you and Sleeping Beauty's Castle and suddenly you'll be pining for parades and pretzels.

You'll be seeing Hidden Mickeys in the carpet of your workplace hallways. You'll weep into your muesli, purely because it's not a Mickey Waffle and it wasn't served to you by Winnie The Pooh. There are no fireworks displays in the evening to cap off your magical days – just Grant Denyer all over the dial.

All the signs are there. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you have post-Disney depression. It's okay – we'll get through this together. Here are some coping mechanisms that might aid in the process of recovery. Or make it worse, either way.

 At least you won't lose me in a crowd!

1. Wear mouse ears for every occasion

Weddings, birthdays, weekends... at work? It's called corporate casual. Duh.

 Oh, a line? The parade must be starting in three hours. (Image: Ashton Rigg)

2. Find a long line of people; stand there for an hour

Just like old times! If there's a long line there's bound to be something good at the end of it. Probably food. Sadly there's no FastPass+ in the real world.

 A well-balanced breakfast at the Disneyland Hotel (Image: Ashton Rigg)

3. Turn every meal into Character Dining

Breakfast is just better when Mickey and the crew come to visit. True love is dressing up like the Mad Hatter and serving tea to your special someone.

 Hmm... this seems like the perfect opportunity for an IMPROMPTU SONG

4. Make a playlist of Disney tunes; burst into song

Let it go, let it goooo, can't hold it back anymooore... (Well, maybe try to hold it back a little. Especially on public transportation).

 Buzz Lightyear would be proud (Image: Kylie Hershberger)

5. Make your Disney love permanent

Now THAT'S commitment. It's not easy to adjust back into a world beyond Downtown Disney, so don't adjust. Stand out instead!

 Cars. An instant classic! (Image: Ashton Rigg)

6. Have a Disney movie marathon

We recommend following the timeline. For example: Snow White (1937), Fantastia (1940), Cinderella (1950), The Jungle Book (1967), The Little Mermaid (1989), The Lion King (1994), Toy Story (1995), Finding Nemo (2003), Up (2009).

 Mmmm... Mickey chocolate... (Image: Ashton Rigg)

7. Dip everything in chocolate

Toast? Yep. Carrots? In they go. Bar of chocolate? Yeah... you know where this is going.

 We heart Disney. We heart it so hard. (Image: Ashton Rigg)

8. Book another Disney holiday!

Done Disneyland Anaheim? What about Tokyo Disney? Disneyland Paris? Hong Kong Disneyland?? Just book it. Book it all.


Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to the Disney theme parks.


Ashton Rigg

When I'm not at home in Brisbane, you’ll find me wanderlusting around hipster bars, eclectic boutiques and arty nooks. From bagels in Brooklyn to strudel in Salzburg, I believe the best way to experience a destination is by taking a bite! Tweets & 'grams at @AshtonRigg