The last day at Disney is definitely among the worst since you have the sad ending when you have to leave looming over the last day. The only thing that helps bring me out of it is to start planning our next Disney vacation. Here are the top 11 things that we absolutely hate about our last day at Disney:
11. Getting all packed up to leave.
It’s much more exciting to get packed when you are packing up to go on vacation, but packing up to leave is always the worst. Once it is time to go, packing up is just sad and seems like work. You also have to diligently search everywhere to make sure that you get everything, too!
10. Preparing yourself for the end of trip bill.
At the end of your trip, you will receive and envelope with your final expenses for the resort stay and what will be charged to your card on file. If you have been charging purchases to your room, then you may be in for a shock if you haven’t been keeping a close eye on all of the purchases.
9. Getting the bags to the front of the resort.
Depending on how far away your room is from the front of the resort, then it could be challenging to get everything up the front to leave. You can call a bell hop to come and help, but definitely plan ahead in case it takes a little bit of time for them to get there. You will also want to have a little cash on hand to tip them, too.
8. Checking out of the resort by 11AM.
The checkout time at most of the resorts at Walt Disney World is around 11AM. Hopefully you don’t actually have to leave at that time to catch your flight and get on the road, but you will have to be out of the room unless you have been able to get approved for late checkout from the front desk. If you plan to hit the parks before you leave, you can leave all of your bags with the bell stand at the resort.
7. The last trip to the park of choice.
It is always sad to say goodbye to the parks. Many guests pick their favorite park to visit on the last day so that they can experience some of their favorite things right before they leave. I always like to head over to Magic Kingdom so that I can say goodbye to the Castle one last time. It is always so sad, though.
6. The Magical Express ride to the airport.
The Magical Express is so exciting when it is bringing you to the resort for drop-off, but it is an extremely sad ride when it is taking you back to the airport. The departure on the bus is your final dose of Disney. It carries a nickname as “The Tragical Express” since so many guests are so sad to leave and have to get back to reality.
5. Unable to send packages back to the resort.
Once you have reached the last couple days of your trip, you are unable to send packages back to the resort since they won’t get there in time before you leave. If you make any last minute purchases, you will have to carry them with you through the park and then back with you to leave.
4. No more Disney Dining credits (or trying to use up the ones remaining before you go).
If you have used up all of your Dining credits, you will be sad to have to start paying for your remaining meals. Some guests have the alternate problem and end up with dining credits remaining that they are scrambling to use on the last day. If you do run into this problem, you can convert meal entitlements to snack entitlements and then use these to buy snacks that you can carry with you. There are tons of great Disney pre-packaged items that can be purchased and taken home using the snack credits.
3. Knowing that the last Disney treat will actually be the last.
Unless you buy snacks to bring home with you, the last Disney meal and treats you enjoy will be the last of the vacation. Disney food is amazing and a huge part of the vacation, so it is extremely sad to say goodbye to all of the delicious food!
2. Watching other guests arrive to start their vacation.
It is always tough to watch all of the guests pouring off of the Magical Express, excitedly ready to start their vacation. Try not to be too jealous of them since you were just in a their shoes a few days prior as other guests sadly watched as they waited for their bus to take them away from the magic and fun. Unfortunately it is the vicious “circle of life” for Disney vacations.
1. That last look at the resort and Walt Disney World.
As you pull away in the Magical Express or your vehicle, that last look you get of your amazing resort and all of Walt Disney World, you can’t help but feel the sadness take over. It is hard to leave such a magical place behind and go back to work and daily life. Take it all in and try to enjoy and remember that last look.