What We Despise About Our Last Day at Walt Disney World

Disney's Magical Express
Disney's Magical Express

People often ask us: “Well, what’s the worst part about Walt Disney World? The crowds? The weather? The cost” Honestly, no, none of those things. The worst part about Walt Disney World is having to leave it. And that last day of the trip is the absolute worst. Here are some things that we despise about our last day at Walt Disney World:

1. Packing

There’s nothing more depressing than realizing you need to pack to go home. During vacation, the resort room is our home away from home. It’s where we can’t wait to rest our heads for the night after a long day in the parks. But on the last day, the room suddenly becomes very sad. We hate putting all of our things back in our suitcases. Although we don’t hate sneaking in any shampoo, conditioner, or soaps we can find…

2. The “See You Real Soon” Sign

One of the happiest signs in all of Disney is the welcome sign as you drive onto property for the first time. Mickey, Minnie, and the whole gang are there to greet you so joyfully. But on the other side…is doom. The reverse side says a sobering: “See You Real Soon!” There is nothing happy about this sign. Passing underneath is just a grumpy time all around.

3. Luggage Tags

If you’re staying on property with transportation to the airport, you’ll get luggage tags. This applies for being on a Disney Cruise, too. On your last night you will most likely find that luggage tags have been placed in your room. These are to make sure your luggage goes where you go. However, these little tags are deceiving. They have cute pictures of Disney characters on them to trick us into thinking it’s a nice thing to have. They are not nice. They are bad.

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4. The Tragical Express

Speaking of transportation, if you’re staying in one of the Disney resorts, you take the Magical Express when you first arrive at the airport. This is such a fun beginning. It’s all happy and magical and “yay, your adventure is about to begin!” The bus ride back? Not so much. Instead, you have to haul yourself into the bus and away from paradise, only for that bus to drive under that dang sign. Disney fanatics have dubbed this: “The Tragical Express.” We concur.

5. Having to Tell Cast Members It’s Our Last Day

Don’t you just love cast members? We do. We love striking up conversations with cast members wherever we are. It’s fun to learn where they’re from and what they like about working at Disney. But they almost always ask how long your vacation is. And the worst is when we have to tell them: “We go home today…” We always get a look of pity. They try to be nice about it. But it’s just a depressing conversation.

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6. Final Meal

Whether it’s the last supper or breakfast on our travel day, the final meal at Disney is a tough one. The trouble is the meal is always going to be fantastic. We always love it. But then we realize it’s the last time we’ll eat this food for who knows how long. It’s such a bittersweet moment. We never know whether we should laugh or cry. We usually do both. Especially if the waiter or waitress says: “Come back and see us soon!” WE WISH.

7. Boarding Passes

Boarding passes. Online check-in. Reserving seats. Whatever we have to do to get ready for travel the next day is disgusting. It’s pretty much the worst part of vacation and we hate when we have to stare it in the eye and do things. It’s incredibly difficult to find a silver lining to this one.

8. Waving Goodbye to the Characters

Oh, just stab us in the heart, why don’t you? Back when you could interact with characters, hugging them goodbye was the worst. But we’ll take what we can get. We despise that last moment, that last look. It’s so awful to have to wave goodbye to our favorite characters and steal one final glance of the most magical place on earth. That’s it! We’re booking a trip right now!

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About Molly Elias

Molly Elias has been a dedicated Disney fan since she was 18-months old. She has grown up with and learned from Disney her whole life. As her family's main vacation spot, Disney World is a place of love and laughter and magic for her. Her family also prides themselves on their Disney Cruise Line knowledge and would rather be on the high seas with Mickey than anywhere else in the world. Molly plans to keep Disney in her life forever, while also pursuing a writing career. She recently completed a master's program in creative writing in the hopes that someday she will be able to be a writer for the Happiest Company on Earth. Molly keeps Walt's famous quote at the forefront of her life: "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."