Combating the Florida BluesWalt Disney World: Any tips for dealing with Lack-of-Disney Depression?
From Lauren HayhurstDoes anyone have any tips for combating the Florida Blues?
Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM
I have just come back from 3 weeks in Florida and am really starting to feel the blues. Irrational thoughts are beginning to plague my mind, such as: 'Why did it have to end...Was does time have to pass...Did I enjoy it as much as I could...Did everyone have fun...Why didn't I go back on that ride...?!'
So all I've tried so far is looking at our photos, and that was okay while it lasted... but does anyone have any other advice for dealing with Lack-of-Disney Depression?!
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From Brian EmeryYes…. There is this drink I use to help..Van Gogh Dutch Carmel Vodka…
Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:12 AM
(Assuming you are at least 21) Follow these instructions.
Buy said bottle of Van Gogh… Put several ice cubes in a glass, Fill glass with Van Gogh, stir
Repeat of necessary..
From Terri PierceUnder 21 suggestion.
Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:39 AM
Lots of disney movies.
LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS!
And forums. lots and lots of them.
From Robert NilesReading a certain theme park website? ;^)
Posted April 19, 2011 at 1:14 PM
Hey, writing up a trip report, submitting a bunch of photos and ride reviews and hanging out on the discussion board each day can help extend the vacation feeling!
That's why we're here.
From Anthony MurphyVisiting a more local theme park or going on a "staycation"
Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:53 PM
From Terri PierceVisiting local parks make me miss the big parks even more!
Posted April 19, 2011 at 10:27 PM
From Lauren HayhurstThanks for the suggestions guys. We did watch Aladdin the other night, and it was hilarious, a lot funnier than I remembered. Abu is a classic character and all of Iago's lines are spot on.
Posted April 20, 2011 at 1:03 AM
We do sometimes go to Alton Tower in England but it really doesn't compare! Some of the rides are good, but there's no consistent attention to detail to hold it all together. It's really not a 'theme' park per say...
And I am in the process of writing Trip Reports, Robert...but my first one hasn't shown up on here yet... I've emailed you seperately :-) But TPI is definitely helping. A Lot.
From Lauren HayhurstOh yeah, and the good ol' vino is playing it's part in the healing process. When we've run out of Runts and Kisses and Cheetoes and Reeses Pieces...vino will still be there! :-P
Posted April 20, 2011 at 1:06 AM
From James RaoI gotta agree with Terri, visiting the local stationary carnival, Worlds of Fun, adds to my "I wish I was at a Disney park" depression. All I do the whole time I am there is try to re-imagine the park and make it more Disney-like.
Posted April 20, 2011 at 3:27 AM
However, visiting Silver Dollar City down in Branson does help - so I guess it depends on the immersive quality of the local park. Some parks do "Disney" better than others, I guess.
From Lauren HayhurstGood point James. We don't have any carnivals near us, but along that line, could try and get involved with other things on offer. I have recently moved to a new area so I imagine that is increasing my feeling of loss!
Posted April 20, 2011 at 5:50 AM
It's comforting to know that other people feel the same after Disney though! Maybe I jsut need to have a good cry and get it out!
What's everyone's favourite weepies? Might have to stick Bambi on...
From Brian EmeryWell if you charged a lot of things, the bill will bring you back to reality…
Posted April 20, 2011 at 6:32 AM
PS – I am going to Orlando for 8 days starting May 7th…. I bet that does not help though…
From Crystal AMy family calls it the "Mouse Blues". Reading Theme Park forums helps, as well as reading trip reports. Some of the reports are so well written its like you're really there.
Posted April 20, 2011 at 8:23 AM
From James RaoLauren, I call World's of Fun a stationary carnival because I am a Disney-snob and because of its proliferation of carnival style midway rides. WoF does have a few stand out attractions (Prowler, Mamba, Patriot - all coasters), but everything else is a far cry from anything found at a Disney park. Additionally, WoF is a "pitstop park" because an entire circuit of the best attractions WoF has to offer can be completed in about 90 - 120 minutes on an average day.
Posted April 20, 2011 at 9:27 AM
Silver Dollar City, on the other hand, has many of the same immersive, narrative qualities found at a Disney park, but without the state of the art headliners. SDC is a "destination park" because it takes a couple of days to do and see everything the park offers.
Between the two parks, WoF and SDC, I can get a coaster fix and a themed entertainment fix... at least enough to hold me over until my next Disney trip!
From Scott BSometimes I listen to some DTunes radio to get me out of a funk. Nothing like hearing some 'on ride' audio while sitting in my cubicle to make the blues go away.
Posted April 20, 2011 at 9:58 AM
Also, has this been mentioned? Start planning your next vacation to the Mouse....duh!!! ;)
From Lauren HayhurstThanks guys, those last messages made me :-) It's 23.30 here in England and thought I'd check forum before calling it a night and glad I did! TPI defo helping calm the Mouse Blues...
Posted April 20, 2011 at 3:33 PM
Good idea planning next trip Scott...unfortunately I've got a husband who's plugging for next holiday to be Vietnam (will be awesome but SO different...) and the same old budget issues, but we're all blue-skying here so what the hey... you know I'm already planning in my head (who isn't?!)
Brian, I actually love hearing about other peoples' next trips, whenever I meet someone over here who's a Disney-goer you can't stop me talking about it! Who are you going with, what are you looking forward to most, where are you staying and how long is it since you last went?!
And James, thanks for explaining about your local parks - you are lucky to have them at least! We've got two little ones near London that I guess I could try out (but once you start comparing cost to Disney tickets...). I'm sure I could get an adrenaline fix to last a while!
Maybe I could try reading those Kingdom Keeper novels, anyone think they're any good?
From Anthony MurphyIf you can afford it, I would plan your next Disney Vacaton. I found that I am less sad when I know that I will return in a year or two!
Posted April 20, 2011 at 7:18 PM
From Kelly MuggletonYou should definitely write a trip report Lauren! Tie all those fab pics you have into the memories and re-live it.
Posted April 21, 2011 at 5:15 AM
I hate to say it but I have had Florida blues for over a year now and I just put down the phone and said... 'I'm going to see Mickey!' 28th August (I know it will still be busy but needs must).
From Terri PierceI have a feeling they would come to your house and hunt you down if you don't go Kelly. It's only right that you prevent them from having to do such extreme measures and go willingly. ;)
Posted April 21, 2011 at 5:36 AM
From Kelly MuggletonHaha you're so right!! The Disney Police! Armed with confetti guns and ears on their helmets! :-)
Posted April 21, 2011 at 6:27 AM
I am a total Seaworld addict too and I have said - they'll wonder what they've done wrong if I don't make an appearance at the new Orca show!!
From TH CreativeGet your drink on ... go to Youtube and watch ANY of these:
Posted April 21, 2011 at 6:49 AM
The Wolfs Dance Orlando
Hurst Family Disney World Vacation 2009
Epcot in 5,151 Photographs
A Model Day at Magic Kingdom - Exclusive Disney Parks Tilt-Shift Video
Disney Music Video 2009
Those will take you back!
From Shari LockyerHey Lauren, I'm missing WWOHP in a similar way. I think we were in Florida about the same time. I'd love to read how your trip went. I had my last pumpkin juice on the weekend & have one more chocolate frog saved for Easter - I knew I'd be considering selling everything I own & moving south by about now.
Posted April 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM
From Lauren HayhurstThanks for all your kind words and empathy guys
Posted April 26, 2011 at 4:19 AM
I did actually write a trip report, just for my first park, and tried twice to get it up here, but it didn't appear. Stupidly I didn't save it, so will write again.
Shari - I've just finished some sweets I got in Honeydukes :-( And the only choc frog I bought was for my friend's birthday present which isn't until August! (I hope I can resist that long!)
And thanks TH - I'll check out those vids - when Im not at work!
It would certainly be nice to go to every 5 year anniversary too. Well done for booking August, Kelly! Enjoy the countdown! It doesn't help that my mum's already going back in September (and she came with us in April)...I wish I could be a kid again so my parents would pay for my holidays!!!!
From Lauren Hayhurst'kay, first Trip Report is up guys and I do feel better!! Thanks for all your suggestions! Just know that I'm here for you when you return from your next holiday of a lifetime :-)
Posted April 27, 2011 at 1:05 AM
From duncan hennystart planning your next trip an watch loads and loads of you tube videos from all the parks :)
Posted April 27, 2011 at 8:13 AM
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