This list is for those of you who are truly obsessed with the Happiest Place on Earth. I don’t know about you, but I genuinely miss Disney when I haven’t been in a while. It’s really sad. But when my trip is planned and tickets are bought, I count down every day. I wish all I did was a countdown, but my family and I tend to go to infinity and beyond. Here are my top ten signs that a Disney trip is almost here:
10. Magic Bands arrive in the mail
Once you personalize your Magic Bands online, Disney will ship them to your home! They’re shipped at least a week before your trip, but they usually come long before that. Receiving these little beauties is a tangible indication that soon you will be using them in the parks.
9. FastPasses become available
The FastPass system can be kind of irritating, but it definitely helps to get you excited! 60 days before your trip (if you’re staying in a resort-if not, it’s 30 days prior) you can essentially plan the whole thing out. While this is a great way to pump you up, it can be a huge distraction from real life, but I’ve never minded!
8. You check Be Our Guest dining reservations every day
Let’s be honest. Everyone wants to try this amazing restaurant, but it’s almost impossible to get in! The last time my family and I were getting ready for Disney, my dad called in every day to see if a spot had opened up. If that’s not desperation, I’m not sure what is. But this one is true for all restaurants. Booking reservations is a great way to get psyched and have a more concrete plan for your trip.
7. Your friends start getting mad at you
I hesitate to ever tell my friends that I’m going to Disney because they get so upset. I’ve had some friends who completely stop talking to me because of it. I can hear them already: “You’re going AGAIN?!” Sometimes it’s just easier for them to find out through Facebook pictures..
6. You can check the weather for your trip
I absolutely love doing this. Checking the weather is basically like setting your plans in stone. You can say: “Oh, okay, it’s going to thunderstorm all of Thursday; maybe that should be a Downtown Disney day. And I’ll pack a sweatshirt for then,” or “It’s going to be brutally hot Monday afternoon, let’s do Animal Kingdom in the morning then hit the pool.” Having a “set” forecast just makes the trip seem more real to me.
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5. Your suitcase is waiting
I know it’s almost time when my suitcase has been sitting empty on my bedroom floor for a week. It just sits there, calling to me. I’m one of those people who can’t pack until the night before. But it’s a nice reminder to know that I could be packing. Maybe you even lay out each outfit before it hits the suitcase. Either way, packing is not only fun excitement: it’s productive excitement!
4. The only thing you watch is Disney related
Maybe you wouldn’t be caught dead watching Disney Channel on any other occasion, but when your trip is close, Phineas and Ferb runs on a loop. My family tends to pop in a classic Disney movie after dinner to get psyched. We also have Disney music playing in our house pretty much 24/7. When my dad gets really desperate for the parks, he makes us watch a picture slideshow from past trips. It’s a little sick, but we’re always ready!
3. You start daydreaming
Ever have that moment in work or school where you start thinking productively but you end up on Space Mountain? Or you’re supposed to be preparing for a big presentation, but you’re actually prepping your week’s dinner schedule? It’s okay, it’s okay, you don’t need to seek help-you’re just excited! Walt always encouraged dreaming, didn’t he? I’ll just use that as my excuse for why I didn’t do my homework that week.
2. You’re too excited to sleep
Remember the kid from that old Disney commercial who wriggles around in bed giggling: “I’m too excited to sleep!” then the dad does it too? Yeah, that’s always me. Either I’m going through our whole itinerary in my head, dreaming of riding Soarin’ or my body is simply unable to shut down. I’m not saying it’s healthy, I’m just saying that’s the way it goes.
1. Everything pre-trip seems pointless
I was talking to my college roommate about her upcoming trip to Disney and she slumped on her bed and whined: “What’s the point of doing anything when I know I’m going to be so much happier in a week?” Any really anxious Disney fan can sympathize with my crazy friend. It can be hard to get down to business and focus before a trip! I always feel like Dash: “Well…not that this isn’t fun…” Everybody’s got a laughing place, right? Mine just happens to be Disney.
What are your pre-trip rituals?