Soundtrack: Promises Welcome to the Disney Withdrawal Survival Guide See Ya Real Soon! by Tom.Bricker, on Flickr Who hasn't experienced the crushing desperation that overcomes you just as you start the walk of shame luggage in hand towards the "Magical" Express heading back to the Orlando International Airport? This is the earliest and most recognized sign of Disney Withdrawal Syndrome (DWS). Other Signs and symptoms may include: Uncontrollable crying on non-magical forms of public transit Feeling of emptiness when waking up to a regular alarm clock Endless channel surfing in search of "Stacy" unexplainable habit of cutting all food in the shape of a mouse Excessive anger when someone says that Disney is over-rated Asking about Extra Magic Hours at your local quick service restaurant (who don't accept DDP by the way!). You may also recognize the 6 stages of Disney Withdrawal 1. Denial: "Let's just stay here forever" or "I'm sure I wont miss this place" or in the most severe cases "I'm glad to be heading home" 2. Anger:"I SHOULD OF BOOKED LONGER" or "WHY DIDNT I BUY MORE MICKEY SHAPED RICE KRISPIES!!" 3. Bargaining: This often takes place with a partner: "We could afford to return if we slept in the car and only ate PB&J sandwhiches" or "If we don't use toilet paper for one year we could cover half the price of a value resort" 4. Depression: During this phase the DWS sufferer tends to avoid all cues and reminders about WDW. They don't see the point of thinking about Disney if they aren't there. 5. Acceptance: In this phase, the DWS patient convinces themselves that everything will be ok and that they can wait a couple more years before returning to WDW. This also marks the point where the DWS patient returns to their normal Disney routine, visiting such sites as Disboards, Disneyfoodblog and the official WDW website. 6. Reality: The DWS patient finally comes to terms with the fact that life without WDW is not possible and books another trip to WDW within the year. Obsessive behaviours returns and the patient is finally able to fully appreciate the Disney culture. Here are our two test subjects in the early phase of Disney Withdrawal Syndrome: Test Subject #1 OrangeJuice: Author of this trip report. I am a medical student getting through an infinite amount of years of study (But loving every second of it). Disney is my addiction and happy place. Despite trying Disneyholics anonymous and Disney Watchers I am still struggling with severe Disney Withdrawal Syndrome. Test Subject #2 TheKeeper: TS#2 is my wife. She is also a student. Her addiction is more recent then mine and it's origin can probably be traced back to 2011 when she first visited the World of Walt (and got herself a nice diamond ring in the process). Although she claims to be less of an addict then I am, I never have any difficulty convincing her to do anything Disney related. Soundtrack: Fantasmic Intro Don't despair DWS sufferers! There is a cure. All the symptoms of DWS suddenly disappear when you step foot on a Disney Property; which is what we will be doing in October 2013. Please join us as we deal with our Disney Withdrawal Syndrome and prepare for our Food & Wine, Beach Club Villa Eat-yourself-silly Disney World Extravaganza.