The last day at Disney is without a doubt the worst part of a Disney vacation. No one ever wants to leave, but unfortunately it has to be done. While we all dread the last day of our Disney vacation, I think there are certain things that we should all make sure we get done on that day. Here are my picks for the top six things you need to do before you tell Mickey to “see ya real soon!”
The last day of your trip is the perfect time to do some shopping. The one problem I have with this, is that I like to spend my last little bit of time in the parks going back to my favorite attractions. If you have the willpower though, this is the perfect time to go shopping. By shopping on your last day, you can make sure you have gifts for everyone back home, and you’ve had your whole trip to look around and see what kind of merchandise there is, so you’re making sure that you’re buying only the stuff you really want at that point.
5. Last Minute Photos
If you’ve been putting off taking a family photo in front of the castle all week, this is the time to do it, because well… it’s really your last chance to do it. If there’s any photo ops that you keep saying you’ll get to on the way out of the park, but then they never actually happen, make sure you get them on your last day, otherwise you’ll regret not stopping later.
4. Have A Nice Meal
I like to have one nice meal on my last day, usually for breakfast so we can eat somewhere nice but kind of get it out of the way early. Because I generally spend my last day in the Magic Kingdom, I like to have an early breakfast either in the park at the Crystal Palace or somewhere at one of the monorail resorts so I can quickly and easily get into the park right after we eat.
3. Ride Your Favorite Attraction
If you’re already in the parks on your last day, you can’t skip out on what last ride on your favorite attraction. Even if your favorite attraction is something like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, you bet you’ll be at the park for rope drop heading right for it to avoid the lines. If you know you’re really going to miss your favorite attraction, you’ll probably be riding it multiple times. (So let’s just hope you’re favorite attraction isn’t Peter Pan’s Flight, because with those lines you’ll never get home!)
2. Meet Your Favorite Characters
Meeting my favorite characters is such an important part of my trips to Walt Disney World, and I can’t imagine not saying good-bye to them! For me this would be Rapunzel, so I would definitely make a point to stop by Princess Fairytale Hall for one last meet and greet with her before I leave the Magic Kingdom. Even if you don’t get to this on the very last day of your trip, it’s usually pretty easy to squeeze it into your schedule somewhere towards the end.
1. See Happily Ever After
Fireworks have always been the perfect way to wrap up a Disney vacation! Happily Ever After Fireworks has replaced Wishes, but has thankfully lived up to the beautiful display of fireworks, lasers, projection, music, and storytelling Magic Kingdom is known for. With 18-minutes of “heart, heroism, and humor”, Happily Ever After will send you on your way with your own “happily ever after” ending to an unforgettable Magic Kingdom day!