Top 11 Things To Do On Your Last Vacation Day At Walt Disney World

The last day of a Walt Disney World vacation is bittersweet. You don’t want to leave, but there is still plenty of fun to be had. Don’t be sad, instead, make sure that you enjoy every last second of the magic. Here are 11 things that you can do on that final day that will help take away some of the pain.

11. Take Lots of Pictures

Of course you will take pictures throughout your trip, but the last day is a great time to get a few that you might have missed. Look for something different than what you already have. Get pictures of Cinderella Castle from a different side, or take photos from the queue of your favorite ride. Once you’re home, you’ll be glad that you have them.

10. Have a Drink

A Walt Disney World vacation usually consists of rushing from one place to another. On your last day, slow down a little bit and have a drink. There are specialty creations in three of the parks for the 21 and up crowd, but there are also many non-alcoholic choices. Take a little bit of time on your last day and sip something cool and refreshing, something that you can’t get back home. Notice your surroundings at the same time and savor the moment.

9. Watch Your Favorite Fireworks Again

Three of the four parks have fireworks each night. Make sure you take the shows in while you are there. On your last evening, watch your favorite again. Stand in a different spot so that you can see things from another angle. Fireworks might signal the end of your last evening at Walt Disney World, but they are a spectacular way for things to end.

8. Buy Souvenirs

The last day of your Walt Disney World vacation is a smart time to buy souvenirs. Take note of what interests you each day during your vacation, but don’t make the purchase until the end. That way you will avoid impulse buys, and you won’t have a hotel room filled with extras during your vacation. This rule does not apply to Mickey Ears, you need to buy those the first day.

7. Character Pictures

Save some of the character pictures for the last day of your vacation. That way, you can hit the rides the first few days, and can have a great time with character interactions. You will find which characters are appearing and where in the My Disney Experience App.

6. Splurge

On the last day of your Walt Disney World vacation, spend a little bit of extra money on something. Maybe it’s something big like a carriage ride, or it might be something smaller like a Butterfinger Cupcake. Just do, buy, or eat something that you wouldn’t have otherwise. Live a little on your last day.

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5. Enjoy One More Mickey Bar

One of the iconic snacks at Walt Disney World is the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar. Technically, it’s just vanilla ice cream covered with chocolate, but since it’s shaped like everyone’s favorite mouse it is extra special. Enjoy it one more time on the last day of your vacation, because the chocolate covered ice cream that you can buy back home isn’t nearly as magical. While you’re at it, have another Mickey Pretzel as well.

4. Take a Tour

There are some fantastic behind the scenes tours at Walt Disney World. The last day of your holiday is a great time to take one! You’ll have already gone on the rides and watched the shows, so learn a little bit about what it takes to make the magic happen. Many of the tours include a lot of walking, so if you have small children you might want to wait until they’re a little bit older.

3. Revisit Favorites

Chances are that there are a couple of rides that you liked more than any of the others. Ride again on your last day! If you can’t get FastPass+, go ahead and wait in the standby line. After all, it’s your last chance. If you have Park Hopper you can hit all of your favorites again on your final day. You’ll leave happy, but exhausted.

2. Book a Character Meal

If possible, book a character meal for the last meal of your trip. Try for a breakfast, but if that won’t work book it for dinner the night before. What better way to end your trip than by eating delicious food and hugging some of your favorite characters? Having your last meal at Walt Disney World be a character meal will mean that you will go out on a high note.

1. Start Planning Your Next Trip

Leaving Walt Disney World is hard, but it will be a little bit easier if you know when you’ll be back. Start planning your next Walt Disney World vacation on your last day. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort see what the bounceback offer is, that will put your plans in motion. Even if you aren’t staying on property, start to plan. If you know that you will be back “home” soon it will make leaving a little less painful.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.