The worst feeling of all in Disney

eleven24

DVC AKV 2007
Joined
Jan 5, 2008
So there we are, my son and I all sprayed with sunscreen & our gameplan set to get in as many things as we can. Grab something to eat, a couple bottles of water out of the refrig, and we're ready to go.

Twist the handle, open the door. Hear that familiar click followed by the sound of air rushing in and... wait, what just fluttered in my peripheral vision? What is this magical, fluttering piece of paper twirling in the breeze of the opening door?

It is in that moment, before the white envelope on a string returns to rest against the door that reality sets in. Through my head ran the images of a man dressed in a cloak who moved with the stealthiness of a ninja through the hallway to our door as we slept. My son, standing there as if every bit of air escaped his lungs almost begs me without speaking to not look at it. Ignore it.

But we both know what it is.

In an instant I slid it off the handle, took a stride into the room and left it on the counter. No need to look at the envelope's contents. No need to verify what it says. Let's just go enjoy our last day at the park.

As we walked down the hall of BLT not a word was said. It wasn't until after we heard our door latch click as it closed behind us that my 16 year old son turned to me and said "I hate that envelope".

"Me too", I say. "Me too".
 
  • Sunshine22

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Oct 25, 2008
    So there we are, my son and I all sprayed with sunscreen & our gameplan set to get in as many things as we can. Grab something to eat, a couple bottles of water out of the refrig, and we're ready to go.

    Twist the handle, open the door. Hear that familiar click followed by the sound of air rushing in and... wait, what just fluttered in my peripheral vision? What is this magical, fluttering piece of paper twirling in the breeze of the opening door?

    It is in that moment, before the white envelope on a string returns to rest against the door that reality sets in. Through my head ran the images of a man dressed in a cloak who moved with the stealthiness of a ninja through the hallway to our door as we slept. My son, standing there as if every bit of air escaped his lungs almost begs me without speaking to not look at it. Ignore it.

    But we both know what it is.

    In an instant I slid it off the handle, took a stride into the room and left it on the counter. No need to look at the envelope's contents. No need to verify what it says. Let's just go enjoy our last day at the park.

    As we walked down the hall of BLT not a word was said. It wasn't until after we heard our door latch click as it closed behind us that my 16 year old son turned to me and said "I hate that envelope".

    "Me too", I say. "Me too".
    Well put! That's exactly how I felt a few weeks ago when on our last day at Grand Floridian!
     

    jerseyduke

    Home is just where you stay when not at WDW
    Joined
    Jan 19, 2013
    It's the Circle of "Disney" Life, I guess. But in that moment it's certainly not Hakuna Matata.
    At the end of the trip it is never Hakuna Matata, but usually Mehava Nodollas

    One of the greatest things about DVD to me is that when that day comes, instead of wondering "when will I be back", i usually have my next 2 trips booked!
     

    TammyLynn33

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Oct 8, 2008
    I honestly thought if a lot worse reading the title , a lost child , sickness etc..
    Yes it totally sucks for lack of no better word but we are all so blessed to be able to be on vacation in the first place and even more so as DVC members because we all know we will be back :)
     

    ToddyLu

    Welcome aboard explorers- I love Mr. Ray
    Joined
    Jun 6, 2008
    This is how I feel too. But, I do replace my CPAP filter before I go. It absorbs the AKV smells and when I plug it in my first night back home, I close my eyes and.....Nants ingonyama bagithi baba.
     

    BLTtinkerbell

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jun 15, 2009
    Thanks for sharing! Very well written. That’s exactly how my family feels too. We call it “the dreaded envelope” and we call the bus back to MCO “unmagical depress”
    At least we can start planning our next vacation......
    Have a magical day
     

    E2ME2

    ET
    Joined
    Oct 17, 2011
    At the end of the trip it is never Hakuna Matata, but usually Mehava Nodollas

    One of the greatest things about DVD to me is that when that day comes, instead of wondering "when will I be back", i usually have my next 2 trips booked!
    We all share that depressing moment at the end of a perfectly good vacation. We, too, are already planning our next trip by that point. I really enjoyed the OP's phrasing; I was preparing myself for a tragic mishap, not the tragical express :) I also really like the "Mehava NoDollas" - This whole thread made me laugh - Thanks all!:goodvibes
     

    Lori Duck

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    May 12, 2018
    My youngest son, age 14 and taller than Mom, actually tears up and needs a moment when that envelope is spied. WDW is in his heart ❤
     

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