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.
1. Wear mouse ears for every occasion
Weddings, birthdays, weekends... at work? It's called corporate casual. Duh.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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).
7. Dip everything in chocolate
Toast? Yep. Carrots? In they go. Bar of chocolate? Yeah... you know where this is going.