6 Ways To Survive When You Can’t Get To Walt Disney World

If you’re as much of a Disney fan as I am, you know that the time you spend waiting for your next trip to the parks can be unbearable. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to get your Disney fix when you can’t get to the parks in person. Read on to see my top six ways to survive when you just can’t get to Walt Disney World.


6. Plan your next trip

Even if you’re next trip is really far away, it doesn’t hurt to start doing some planning. Without having anything set in stone, you can still look at restaurant menus and read about different ways to plan your trip. If you do have a trip booked, and that trip is sometime soon, then that’s even better! You can start planning things like which days you’ll be in which parks, where you’ll be making dining reservations, and maybe you’ll even be able to make Fastpass selections.

5. Books

There are so many books out there about Walt Disney World, and even though reading them might just make you want to get to the parks more, they’re a nice way to learn more about the parks when you’re at home. And by books, I don’t just mean the guidebooks you’ll find in your local Barnes and Noble. There are a lot of Disney books out there that aren’t sold in your typical bookstore. Check out Amazon or Ebay, and you’re bound to find some interesting reads.

4. Crafts

One of my favorite things to do between trips is to make Disney themed crafts. I love making scrapbooks, and it will usually take me the entire time between trips to finish a Disney scrapbook, so it works out perfectly. I’m also really into cross stitching, so you can often find me making Disney themed cross stitches. If you’re not sure what you’d like to make just browse Pinterest. There are plenty of neat Disney crafting ideas out there, so you’re bound to find something you like.

3. Movies

This might seem obvious, but a great way to get your Disney kick while you’re not near the parks is to watch the movies. You’d be surprised at how much more you’ll appreciate certain rides and shows after you’ve recently seen the movies. Re-watching your favorite Disney movies is not only fun, but it prepares you for your next visit to the parks in that you’ll be able to notice even more details in the theming of the parks. Even shows like Fantasmic! or Happily Ever After are more meaningful when you’re familiar with all of the movies mentioned in the performances.

2. Shopping

This might not be the best habit to get into, but I’ll be the first to admit that I use shopping for Disney items as a way to survive between Disney trips. The Disney parks section of the Disney store’s website is my weakness. When something new comes out in the parks and it’s sold online, I pretty much have to have it. I also will admit that I have a problem with pins, and I’m always looking for specific ones on Ebay when I can’t physically be in the park trading them. If shopping is one of the ways you cope with being away from Walt Disney World, make sure you’re on the email list for the Disney store’s website. It’s easy to remember to get event-specific or limited edition park merchandise online that way, as I always get an email reminder when new items come out.


1. The internet

This might seem like a given, since you’re on the internet right now reading this article, but the internet is so useful to get your Disney fix between trips. Just by browsing the internet you can ready blogs, from people who are there now, or maybe people working there, or about very specific things like Disney food for instance. You can browse Disney fan sites, just like this one, or read up and talk to other fans on forums and Facebook groups. You can look for nice pictures of Walt Disney World, other articles, or memes on Pinterest, and maybe even find some home décor on Etsy.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."