Ten Stages of Disneyland Withdrawal

Visiting the Disneyland Resort is a pure joy. We can’t think of many things that bring us as much happiness and delight as heading to Anaheim, skipping right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A. and chomping down on a churro between riding our favorite attractions. If we could, we would ideally like to leave behind our “real life” nine to five jobs, pesky bills, and responsibilities, and trade them in for days filled with the sweet, sweet serenades of the Dapper Dans, endless pictures with Mickey and Minnie, and trips through the cosmos whenever we please. Every time we leave Disneyland we feel the sadness and gloom that only a true Disney fan can understand. As Disney Insider editor Drew said,

“When I leave Disneyland, I feel like Jack in the fourth season of LOST: I have to go back to the island.”

We understand that sentiment, and did our best to describe it via the many stages of Disneyland withdrawal. See if you feel these feels like we do:



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1The parting ride from the escalator to the parking garage induces utter despair.

2You find yourself daydreaming about eating a Dole Whip.

3You start a Disney fund.

4You start crafting a new pair of Mickey ears.

5You find yourself listening to the music from your favorite Disneyland rides over, and over again.

6You find yourself doing dance moves from Disneyland shows.

7You consume as many Disney-related quizzes and articles as humanly possible.

8You see your friends’ Disneyland and Disney California Adventure pictures on social media and experience critical levels of FOMO.

9You take an inventory of your pin collection.

10You start drafting your packing and to-do lists for your next trip immediately.

One day your bank will be full, and so will your heart! It will be time to start strategizing for your next trip to Disneyland, or even, dare we say it, Walt Disney World?

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