North Carolina is a beautiful, wonderful state. From mountains to beaches, to UNC to Duke, there is nothing mediocre about the great Tar Heel state. If you were raised in North Carolina, you should be able to identify with the following:
14. NASCAR is a big deal.
18. "Wagon Wheel" (by Old Crow Medicine Show) is a very important song to you and you knew it way before Darius Rucker covered it.
Walt Disney World is indeed the land where dreams come true, and it is a safe haven where adults can unwind and become kiddos in their own right. At twenty years old, I recently went to WDW for the fourth time in my life. And it never gets old. I looked at every attraction as if it were my first time seeing it. It was magical.
But, one thing certainly changed after this trip to WDW that I did not experience after my previous trips. Almost nearly four months after my excursion, I still have what I like to call a “Disney hangover."
I miss the magic of Disney, and I crave the feeling of having nothing to do but park hop all day long. I've been hopelessly coping through my post-Disney woes. Here are a few survival tips:
- Take tons of pictures and print them all out at your local pharmacy or superstore. Compare memories from past trips with those of your latest trip. You'll be surprised at how much you and the parks have changed. Looking back on fun-filled pictures may ease your throbbing post-Disney migraine after a long day at work.
- Buy something meaningful in WDW. No, I don't mean a cheesy tee with the year or park on it. But, instead, purchase something you will cherish and use after your trip. Unlike my previous trips to Disney, I bought such meaningful souvenirs: Starbucks Collectible mugs from each park and three charms for my Pandora bracelet. Life seems just a little sweeter while drinking out of a WDW coffee mug and slipping my cherished Pandora travel bracelet on my wrist amidst the daily grind of adulthood.
- Eat your heart out while you're in the parks. It's true, memories of food oozing in calories and goodness will make your Disney hangover a bit worse by the time you make it home; however, it's worth it.
- If you're like me, and you only travel to WDW about every eight to ten years, don't hesitate to park hop until you drop. You may be a little grouchy and tired by the time you reach your hotel each evening, but it's worth it if you don't plan on going back to the land of pixie dust anytime soon. However, be sure to know your limits. There is a fine line between exhaustion and suffering, so don't push it! The key to handling your Disney hangover after returning home includes fun-filled memories with family and friends: no tears and temper tantrums allowed.
- Buy those legendary mouse ears before you head to the parks. I heard rumors that Mickey Mouse ears were cheaper on Etsy. And, boy, were those rumors true. I was hesitant to hop on the pre-ordering ears trend: I wasn't sure how the accessories would turn out, and I thought it would be more sentimental to purchase them in the parks. I ended up ordering my Mickey Mouse ears a few weeks before my trip from CaSales on Etsy. I spent roughly $20 on both pairs. I ordered Minnie Mouse-themed ears and Belle-themed ears. Saving money on basic purchases leads to ease while in Disney. You already have your WDW spirit and essential accessories in tow when you're off to the parks on day one. My Disney hangover has been lessened thanks to my cherished mouse ears. I had a ton of fun wearing them, and I saved money too.
Are you a WDW superfan? Take to Instagram and follow Jenna, a good friend of mine, @pixiedustoffyourears for park hoppin' vibes and WDW inspiration.