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minmate
02-13-2008, 02:57 PM
As your final days of a Disney vacation dwindle, do you become super aware of those around you who seem to be just starting their trip and get a pang of jealousy? I know I do!
You know, when on that last day or two you pass by the check-in line in the lobby or you overhear people in line or on the bus talking about how they've just arrived and have a week of vacation ahead of them yet? I'm happy for them, but at the same time, it makes me envious you know?

What are some strategies you employ to stave off the post-Disney vacation blues?

CanadianGuy
02-13-2008, 03:05 PM
I can tell you I go out of my way to bask in that feeling you have JUST upon arrival.. the world is your oyster.. your entire vacation lays before you and you have just moments before you DIVE into it.

THAT is a great feeling.. I savor that for almost the first 3 days each trip.. till the halfway point for sure.

:)

Knox

TheRustyScupper
02-13-2008, 03:21 PM
1) Nope.
2) However, I did swat a kid once for yelling "I'm going to Disney World".
3) That'll teach him for taunting me as I was leaving!
4) Other than that, i uSWUalLY hANDle ThE JEaLOusY PreTtY wEll.

dreams4disney
02-13-2008, 03:26 PM
I can not tell you how sad it makes me feel when our trip is over. The last two days are awful. I don't know that I would call it jealous. I do my best to talk DH into planning another trip.:wizard: I love the moment and evening after first checking in. For me it is the most Magical. Everyone is happy and excited to be there.

Disney loving Iowan
02-13-2008, 04:03 PM
I know this feeling well! The first couple of days are great especially when you see other people having to check out. I feel bad that they have to leave but then I'm so glad it's not me. Then about halfway thru is when I start to be jealous of people who are checking in. Now how bad is this? I am going May 27 thru June 3 and I even now am jealous of the people on the boards who are going after me! I know after I am home they will still have their trip to look forward to! I need help!:rotfl:

kakiegirl
02-13-2008, 04:05 PM
Not really jealous but I do get the Disney Blues when it get time for our trip to be over. I do look at those people checking in and wish I was them. It helped me alot if I know when our next trip will be so I can start planning it as soon as I get home. I hope this year will be better because we will have annual passes for the first time so we will be making some weekend trips.

JoBird
02-13-2008, 04:11 PM
LOL, DH always tells me the night before our flight to go down there, "Enjoy this feeling, I know you are tired from all the planning and packing, but enjoy it. You will never feel as excited and happy on this vacation as you do right now." He says it every trip.

And he is so right...

Jo

CoachBagFanatic
02-13-2008, 04:17 PM
1) Nope.
2) However, I did swat a kid once for yelling "I'm going to Disney World".
3) That'll teach him for taunting me as I was leaving!
4) Other than that, i uSWUalLY hANDle ThE JEaLOusY PreTtY wEll.

This is too funny.

We start planning our next trip while we are down there. Gives us something to look forward to. Although when we are leaving the resort I start to cry as I don't want to go but we have our next trip in the works. So it makes me feel a bit better.

Stacy's a freak
02-13-2008, 04:19 PM
I am SO jealous of all of you right now! For the past 2 days I've been quoting packages and getting teary because I just don't think I can afford one right now. I have to say that I have been very fortunate to go to a lot of very cool places this year, but I miss me some DISNEY!

So now I'm trolling to codes boards and ordering planning DVDs in the hopes of being one of the lucky few that gets a code. *sigh* I just keep telling myself that I need to just relax for a year and save up some money for OTHER things!! Argh - I'm so hopeless.

So if anyone wants to throw some charity my way to enable (and I use this word full-well knowing it's true meaning) for a solo trip in 2008, I'd be your best friend *said in a sing-songy way*! :hug:

Karmel96
02-13-2008, 04:39 PM
I'm TOTALLY feelin' the blues right now- we just got back last night! :sad1: I had to keep it together b/c my DD was all tears on the DME back to the airport, saying how she just wanted to stay one more day.
It doesn't help one bit that I left beautiful weather (well, it did thunderstorm as we left yesterday, but all the days of our vacation were quite nice!) and came home to about 10 degrees and lots of snow- it took forever to warm the van up last night from the airport lot and to scrape all the snow/ice off of it (I was the lucky one to do that job since DH didn't even have a coat! My feet were soaked b/c all I had on were my sneakers!)
I'm already having Disney withdrawal and there is no end in sight for me; my DH made it quite clear that we won't be going back for at least another 2 to 3 YEARS!:scared1: (So, if anyone has any insight on how to convince your loved one that a Disney trip is needed before that, please share!) I guess I'll just continue to hang out here in DIS world for now...

minmate
02-13-2008, 04:54 PM
I guess I'll just try to look at it as a sign of a good vacation, when there's that sadness attached to it being over.

I love what a PP's dh says about enjoying the moment as the vacation begins. It's so true. And maybe, this sounds weird, but I really love the anticipation, the sense of all the possibilities of how the time will unfold... there are literally millions of different ways Disney vacations unfold for people, whether they go as planned or not!

I wish I could say that I could come home and immediately start planning another vacation back but despite our recent string of going (nearly) every year it hasn't and might not always be that way.

I do think Disney should pay a commission to the DIS b/c while we're much like a "support group" I find the DIS to be a Trip Enabling Group too. I'd probably not have the "itch" to go back so intensely if I didn't have the Dis... and I don't mean that in a bad way at all!

BrerRabbit_fan
02-13-2008, 05:05 PM
The last night is awful, otherwise I don't think of it. I'm more jealous now (I recently returned) because I don't have another trip in the works.

wyoears
02-13-2008, 05:05 PM
I just planned a last minute trip for next week, I am kind of feeling cheated out of all the anticipation.

going2disney
02-13-2008, 05:12 PM
The feeling really hits me when I see everyone checking in and I'm checking out, and the feeling at MCO Airport as I sit and await my plane home and see others just landing with the excitement on their faces is almost unbearable. I have to admit though when I arrive in Orlando I'm doing my own "I'm going to Disney strut" and I'm so glad I'm not in those seats waiting to go home!

MomofCKJ
02-13-2008, 05:17 PM
Oh I totally know what you mean! I love the anticipation of things, the wondering what it will be like, planning, dreaming,etc. I love seeing my ticker go down (it started this trip at like 400 days!). But at the same time, this is the sick part, as the ticker gets smaller, I know my trip is almost over. And it hasn't even begun! :lmao: So sad and twisted that way of thinking.

I feel good till the halfway mark. Then I start counting down. The night before departure is awful, packing up, seeing people just arriving and yes feeling very jealous. The last trip I had several days of real sadness when we got home. I remember crying in my kitchen.:sad1:

The solution? I think having another trip on the horizon will be helpful. We have a January 2009 trip for the Half Marathon and an August 2009 Mom and Me trip for my oldest and I on the horizon so I hope those will curb some of the PDD, Post Disney Depression.

Allyson

Finally08
02-13-2008, 05:21 PM
I can't say that really bothers me, but I'll tell you what did. DD was 39 1/2" during our trip last week, which meant she got measured and turned away from lots of rides. If one more CM said something to me along the lines of "oh sorry, looks like next year will be your year!" I swear I was going to deck them. I think so many people at Disney just assume that people go yearly, or more often than that, but that's not the case for us. This was our family's first trip, and the last time I was there was 5 years ago when just ds and I went along with my family. We aren't all blessed enough to afford such vacations every year, so please don't get my kids to thinking we have another trip around the corner. :mad:

minmate
02-13-2008, 05:29 PM
I can't say that really bothers me, but I'll tell you what did. DD was 39 1/2" during our trip last week, which meant she got measured and turned away from lots of rides. If one more CM said something to me along the lines of "oh sorry, looks like next year will be your year!" I swear I was going to deck them. I think so many people at Disney just assume that people go yearly, or more often than that, but that's not the case for us. This was our family's first trip, and the last time I was there was 5 years ago when just ds and I went along with my family. We aren't all blessed enough to afford such vacations every year, so please don't get my kids to thinking we have another trip around the corner. :mad:


Ooh, that's a tough one! I presume by the photo of her that she was old enough to more or less "get" that comment. Frustrating! Nice that they're trying to look on the bright side of things but unless that guarantee of "next year being your next year" comes with tickets, room and airfare, it's a bittersweet comment huh?

the Fidge
02-13-2008, 05:53 PM
ON dpearture day DH is outta here attitude as he really hates to leave. Me on the other hand have no problem with gettting thrown out of the resort or the park.

Sadly, he is ready to head back in the am. I on the other hand want to squeeze every lat drop out of vacation!

SnwflkCts
02-13-2008, 06:45 PM
I was determined not to be sad as our two trips were ending & I made sure I wasn't. But I was somewhat jealous at the airport when I saw people just arriving and I knew they were going to WDW. (And I was just a wee bit blue when we arrived home).

But made a concious effort NOT to let it get me down while I was still in the Park!

Lynn5700
02-13-2008, 06:52 PM
As your final days of a Disney vacation dwindle, do you become super aware of those around you who seem to be just starting their trip and get a pang of jealousy? I know I do!
You know, when on that last day or two you pass by the check-in line in the lobby or you overhear people in line or on the bus talking about how they've just arrived and have a week of vacation ahead of them yet? I'm happy for them, but at the same time, it makes me envious you know?

What are some strategies you employ to stave off the post-Disney vacation blues?

HAHAHAHAHA!!! I do lol. I am always like awww they are just starting thier vacation and I am leaving :(

metsfan11
02-13-2008, 07:11 PM
I have to say that I'm the same way. It was brutal sitting in the lobby waiting to check out and watching all of the DME buses come in a unload happy vacationers! I must admit, when I arrive on the first day I usually think to myself "I'll be wishing its this moment!".

Gosh, leaving Disney stinks. :sad1:

Connor&Cody'sMom
02-13-2008, 07:52 PM
When we arrive at MCO to begin our trip, I always feel bad for all the people leaving - you can always pick out the ones leaving Disney because they are carrying Disney World bags and wearing new Disney hats, shirts and carrying Mickey, Pooh, etc. It seems like in no time at all we're the ones back at the airport with the Disney souvenirs, heading home again. I think that is when it really hits me, when I am the one back at MCO with my Disney shopping bags with a new Mickey tucked under my arm, waiting to board the plane home. :sad1:
I also seem to notice near the end of my trip the people on the buses saying things like "oh, we just got here yesterday, we're staying two weeks". That makes me sad :sad2:

chrismb22
02-13-2008, 07:58 PM
Ok, I'm in tears just thinking about when I left last month. I have been having Disney anxiety BAD and I just don't know how I'm going to wait at least 2 years to go back. The ME ride back to the airport is the worst. I keep my sunglasses on the entire time because I cry like a baby. I was just composing myself this year when the video came on and they started with "M.I.C ..." and I lost it.

I NEED ANOTHER TRIP!!

photobob
02-13-2008, 08:45 PM
There is nothing quite like the feeling of walking in the lobby preparing to check in at Disney. I don't begrudge those who are coming in as our trip is winding down though. I had the joy of walking wide eyed, grinning from ear to ear, just 10 days ago at Wilderness Lodge. I will be doing the same thing in 108 days at Boardwalk Villas!

kaabost
02-13-2008, 09:49 PM
I totally understand you guys. I cannot even LOOK at the check-in counter as we're leaving. DH always has to usher me through the lobby with a calming yet slightly sarcastic "Come on Baby,....don't look that way." When I get home, I am always depressed for a week. I just get SO spoiled by being in a fantasy fun world! It is particularly troublesome because I can't really talk about my "depression." Really, who is going to understand that I am ssssooooo upset because I am home from vacation. The whole thing sounds pretty trivial to a non-Disney nut. And.........I agree. It is trivial. Obviously, I have a pretty decent life to be so upset about something as simple as a vacation being over. So then, I get irritated at myself for letting it affect me so badly. Nonetheless, as much as I may think and try to rationalize the situation, the fact is that I do experience a quite emotional Disney World separation anxiety. I'm glad that you guys understand!!!!!!!

minmate
02-13-2008, 09:59 PM
I totally understand you guys. I cannot even LOOK at the check-in counter as we're leaving. DH always has to usher me through the lobby with a calming yet slightly sarcastic "Come on Baby,....don't look that way." When I get home, I am always depressed for a week. I just get SO spoiled by being in a fantasy fun world! It is particularly troublesome because I can't really talk about my "depression." Really, who is going to understand that I am ssssooooo upset because I am home from vacation. The whole thing sounds pretty trivial to a non-Disney nut. And.........I agree. It is trivial. Obviously, I have a pretty decent life to be so upset about something as simple as a vacation being over. So then, I get irritated at myself for letting it affect me so badly. Nonetheless, as much as I may think and try to rationalize the situation, the fact is that I do experience a quite emotional Disney World separation anxiety. I'm glad that you guys understand!!!!!!!

Glad you understand too! But I sduppose the cliche of "Absence makes the heart grow Fonder"

And I agree, we're lucky to have something like having to leave behind a fabulous vacation as something that gives us the blues! Things could be a whole lot bluer... that kind of thinking does help get on, doesn't it?

Teacher510
02-13-2008, 10:18 PM
DD and I are exactly the same when we see people arriving while we sadly wait for the ME bus.:sad2: Our next trip in August should be a bit better since we're doing a Land/Sea and will be waiting for the DCL bus to take us to the port for a different Disney experience.:wizard: :beach:

KorieDWnut
02-13-2008, 10:26 PM
My next trip is 6 months away and it feels like FOREVER. Just today I was thinking about it and saying ommmggg it's so far away!! August is NEVER going to come!! This is brutal!!
Yes, I am so jealous of everyone who is going very soon.

When we are at WDW, I don't get sad until I see that DME tag hanging on my hotel room. I will be smiling and having a great time, then turn the corner and see that tag. It is like a knock back into reality. It is really sad. lol
Then the day we leave I actually just want to hurry up and leave because lingering in the lobby just makes it harder on me.

*Dreamin'Dad*
02-13-2008, 10:30 PM
Our next trip is not for another year yet, but this feeling you all shared made me remember. I started to feel sad about having to go home from our next trip....LOL!

I find myself thinking on the last couple of days - just 2 days left (thats cool), just 1 day left (make the best of it). We always finish our trip in the MK with an ice cream from Main Street Bakery and find a spot to sit around the square to watch and soak in the last of the magic. On that final walk out it usually sets in hard.

It makes me smile to watch all the other families and kids excitedly entering the park..........there is an inner feeling of wishing that was us :)

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
02-13-2008, 10:33 PM
I always tell myself anyone who checks into a WDW Resort eventually checks out, so the people we see just starting their WDW vacations will also be checking out and their vacations will also be coming to an end.

becca-becca
02-13-2008, 11:01 PM
We have been to Disney for 3 times in the past 2 years. I had the jealous/sad/Disney blues feeling in 2006 and in 2007. It was really bad in 2007 and I didn't get over it until March when I talked DH into another trip. This time, I am great. Why? Because on our trip we went to a DVC open house and by the time we had to leave WDW, we had decided to buy. (We weren't supposed to be coming back to WDW for 4 years, because our next trip is a family cruise in January 2010). I don't know what got into DH, but we bought and now we have enough points to take our extended family to AKV for 6 nights in December (13 people) and pay for their rooms with our points. DH and I are also going on a short cruise in September and the extended family of 13 is going on the cruise in 2010 (we will be using DVC points for the 5 in our family). It is nice to be home from Disney and be happy about it because we know we will be going on average at least once for the NEXT 50 YEARS!!!!!:cool1: :cool1: :cool1:

NikkiMouse
02-13-2008, 11:33 PM
83 days and counting til we get there:cool1: but also 97 days til we are coming home:sad: Think I might need to become in denial about flight home! I'm going to make every moment a memory until next visit to WDW :hippie:

BabyPiglet
02-13-2008, 11:55 PM
After our last trip, I completely went into the Disney 'depression'. I didn't even want to come on the DIS or watch Disney movies! Mostly because we didn't have another trip planned, so I couldn't do any of that cool trip plannin' stuff.

Then we planned one, and now I'm all better. :teeth:

minmate
02-14-2008, 12:02 AM
After our last trip, I completely went into the Disney 'depression'. I didn't even want to come on the DIS or watch Disney movies! Mostly because we didn't have another trip planned, so I couldn't do any of that cool trip plannin' stuff.

Then we planned one, and now I'm all better. :teeth:

Amazing how that works huh? lol...

minmate
02-14-2008, 12:06 AM
We have been to Disney for 3 times in the past 2 years. I had the jealous/sad/Disney blues feeling in 2006 and in 2007. It was really bad in 2007 and I didn't get over it until March when I talked DH into another trip. This time, I am great. Why? Because on our trip we went to a DVC open house and by the time we had to leave WDW, we had decided to buy. (We weren't supposed to be coming back to WDW for 4 years, because our next trip is a family cruise in January 2010). I don't know what got into DH, but we bought and now we have enough points to take our extended family to AKV for 6 nights in December (13 people) and pay for their rooms with our points. DH and I are also going on a short cruise in September and the extended family of 13 is going on the cruise in 2010 (we will be using DVC points for the 5 in our family). It is nice to be home from Disney and be happy about it because we know we will be going on average at least once for the NEXT 50 YEARS!!!!!:cool1: :cool1: :cool1:

When SSR opened and had the discount on points a few yrs ago, I got really close to getting dh to agree to this if my dad would go in on it with us... In the end, I just didn't seal the deal. I went soft and didn't push hard enough.... you are lucky to know you will be there every year. That is not a given for us. Interestingly enough, at the end of our June 05 trip was the only time dh told the kids we'd be back... has left us with the longest WDW-less span since we first took them. (We haven't been back to WDW since then but to be fair, we did manage a trip to DL in 07, for which I was thankful b/c dh had said no more Disney until our youngest turned 5 -- which she did a few months after that trip!).

the Fidge
02-14-2008, 05:55 AM
I am hoping that this April they will have some offer when I am there so then I can book before we leave and feel better knowing I will have another trip on the horizion!

KorieDWnut
02-14-2008, 02:30 PM
After our last trip, I completely went into the Disney 'depression'. I didn't even want to come on the DIS or watch Disney movies! Mostly because we didn't have another trip planned, so I couldn't do any of that cool trip plannin' stuff.

Then we planned one, and now I'm all better. :teeth:

omg I was the same way after last August. I came home and came on DIS here and there but then just stopped for a couple of months. It wasn't until I booked for this coming August that I have started to feel "right" again.

I swear sometimes I am going crazy. I am just not well. lol

Stitchfans
02-14-2008, 02:36 PM
Read this yesterday and didn't answer. Decided to now. I can relate to what you are saying but I wouldn't call it jealousy. Yes, I do wish my trip could continue on, but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. :sad2: