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6 Things I Hate About My Last Day At Walt Disney World

6. Leaving your favorite park

I hate leaving my favorite park (Epcot) because I obviously don’t want to leave, and sometimes you don’t know how long it will be until your next visit. Epcot is my favorite park, but I always go to Magic Kingdom last because I love seeing Happily Ever After one last time before I go home. This always makes leaving Epcot hard though, because I’d love to be able to spend more time there, but I can’t if seeing Happily Ever After is a priority for me on my last day.

5. Last Disney meal

Just to clarify I don’t hate anything really about any meal in Disney, I hate the last one simply because it’s the last one. My favorite restaurants are in Walt Disney World, and I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t miss them when I get home. My last table service meal in Disney is usually somewhere nice that I’ve been looking forward to going to, so it’s always bittersweet to know that it will be the last meal I have like that in Disney for a little while.

4. Magical Express ride

Taking the Magical Express on your last day is the absolute worst. I mean, it’s the best because it’s free, and a free ride to the airport is always nice, but it’s the worst because of the video they play on the bus. The video with the little good-bye message shown on the Magical Express bus gets me every time. I don’t want to say I cry every time I leave Disney on a Magical Express bus, but really I probably do cry every time. It’s just so touching, and makes you want to turn the bus right around and add another week onto your vacation.

3. Riding your favorite attraction one last time

My reasoning for this point is similar to how it feels to leave your favorite park. Even if the wait for Expedition Everest is only ten minutes, and you could easily ride it over and over, sometimes you can’t because it’s your last day and you need to get going home. This is one of the crappiest feelings in the world, when you wish you could just pack up and move to Orlando so this wouldn’t be such a problem.

2. Seeing other guests when it’s not their last day

This point might sound really petty, but I get really jealous when I see other guests who are not experiencing their last day, when I’m experiencing mine. When I’m waiting for the Magical Express bus outside my resort, and other guests walk by me, talking about how they’re on their way to the Magic Kingdom, I can’t help but get a little jealous. They’re all the way back at the beginning of their vacation, and to them going home seems like such a faraway thought. But for me, going home is the harsh reality I’m faced with while waiting for the bus, so hearing all about their plans for the day which is not their last, can be really difficult to deal with sometimes.

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1. Seeing Happily Ever After for the last time

I love seeing Happily Ever After on my last night in the park, however it does come with some heavy emotions. The fireworks show is riddled with emotions on its own, never mind if there’s something happening in your life at the time to make it worse, or if you’re watching it on the last day of your trip. Even worse than Happily Ever After for me, is the Kiss Goodnight. Hearing Mickey Mouse say “See ya real soon!” while Cinderella Castle lights up and glows during the Kiss Goodnight, and I’m heading out of the park either to catch a late flight or to go back to the resort and get some sleep for an early one, is extremely touching, and just makes me not want to leave. The Magic Kingdom is truly a special place, and Happily Ever After and the Kiss Goodnight are great for just piling on all those emotions that are going to make you wish your last day didn’t need to come to an end so soon.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.