10. Being together
Vacation is a special time where everyone is able to actually be together for longer than an hour or two. When we’re not on vacation, we’re often busy with school, work, activities, and sometimes even just trying to get some sleep. But on vacation, the other pressures of the outside world don’t exist—you’re in Walt Disney World simply to have fun with your family and friends, and no one will need to miss out on anything because of something like school or work.
The Disney parks and resorts are the only places where you can see the Disney characters. If you had so much fun for the past week or so hanging out with people like Minnie Mouse, Peter Pan, or even Gaston, you’re bound to miss seeing characters all the time when you get home.
8. Free transportation
Walt Disney World is one of the few places where you don’t need to pay for transportation. If staying at a Disney Resort, transportation to and from the theme parks, Disney Springs, and water parks is available for free! That definitely beats paying around $25 per day to park at a theme park. We will say however, if you plan to bring a car, you should budget for the overnight resort parking fee. At least when you stay at a Disney resort, the Disney buses, boats, and monorails are all free of charge to use.
For a Disney fan, shopping at Walt Disney World is unlike any other shopping experience in the world. I can think of so many places I love to shop, the Emporium, World of Disney, all of World Showcase, the monorail resorts, attraction gift shops… Shopping at Walt Disney World simply does not compare with shopping at the Disney store at home, which is the only kind of Disney shopping you have to look forward to the day after your vacation.
6. Live entertainment
Not only is the live entertainment at Walt Disney World spectacular, but it’s also everywhere! Chances are when you get home, you won’t just be walking down the street and happen upon street performers, live bands, and dancers. At Disney, performers fill all the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs, making each turn down a new street filled with exciting live entertainment that you’ll surely miss after your vacation ends.
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One thing I always miss after my Disney vacation ends is seeing the fireworks. Even if I’m not going out of my way to watch the fireworks, I just like knowing that they’re there. If I can see or hear them from my resort, or while I’m entering the Magic Kingdom for the last couple of hours of evening Extra Magic Hours, the fireworks just bring this feeling that can really only be understood while you’re in Disney with the fireworks. Once I come home, and the night hits but Happily Ever After doesn’t start, things just don’t feel the same.
4. The weather
If you’re like a lot of people who visit the sunshine state, you’re coming from somewhere much colder than Florida. The day after your Disney vacation ends, and you arrive back home somewhere snowy and cold, you’ll without a doubt be missing that Florida weather.
3. Disney food
Disney has some of the best food I’ve ever had in my entire life. I could easily make a whole separate list of all the wonderful Disney food I’d miss after my last day of vacation—the chicken wings from Kona Café, ribs from Flame Tree Barbecue, filet mignon from Le Cellier, churros, turkey legs, funnel cakes, Dole whips…
2. “Have a magical day!”
After your last day in Walt Disney World you’re going to miss how friendly and helpful all the cast members were. Chances are you’ll walk into some other business once you’re home, and be met with customer service that Disney would simply not stand for in its parks and resorts. There’s something special about being around Disney cast members who take such pride in their jobs and love going to work every day to make guests happy. And this kind of devotion to the service industry is something that is difficult to come by once you’re home from vacation.
1. Your favorite memories
There will be some experiences from your vacation that you’ll just want to keep reliving over and over. You’ll talk about them the whole way home, and tell family and friends about it who weren’t there in person. These are the moments you have pictures of, and that you’ll remember years down the road to tell your children and grandchildren about. And for obvious reasons, it’s moments like these that will be the things you miss most once you return home from a Disney vacation.