Disney Depression ~ Can You Relate?



*I wrote this one back when we still lived in Michigan. It struck a chord with me because it’s really so true, and I thought it was worth re-posting! Enjoy! ~M

I’m sure you’ve heard people talking who have “Disney Depression.” You know these people….. you may be one of them. Folks who haven’t had a Disney Fix in a long time, and are itching to get back to the Magic of being on Disney Property. I know I get this way, especially this time of year. If you live in the North, then you know we’re kind of stuck at the in between phase, Winter “should” be over, Spring “should” be here, and we’re experiencing unpredictable weather. It’s rough. It’s depressing. What can cure the blues, besides dreaming of Disney? Not much!

So, being that we’re blue and missing Disney, what do we do about it? Do we plan a Disney trip, or just go hang out in the local Disney Store for awhile and pretend? Going to the Disney Store is cheaper, but it’s a temporary band-aid on what we’re longing for. In a perfect world, we could just visit Disney whenever we wanted to, and get that happy fix on a regular basis. I wish that were the case. Isn’t is funny how Disney can do that to us, make us long to be there like we do? Is it that “magic” that I’m always talking about? Maybe so!

Sometimes, looking at vacation photos or watching Disney specials on tv makes that Disney Depression worse. I know for me, when I catch Disney shows on Destination America, it makes me long to be there even more. I’m telling you, the people who do the marketing for Disney are brilliant, because it works! I don’t know any other destination that can make you truly miss being there, from deep inside your heart. Disney tugs at your heartstrings, it makes you “homesick” when you can’t be there. Yes, it’s depressing when you can’t visit your favorite Disney destination, but it’s almost magical too. The Magic that is Disney keeps us coming back for more. It makes us plan our next Disney vacation when we’re just getting home from one. It makes us long to be there, and do whatever we need to do to save up and get back to the Parks asap. Heck, that magic makes us want to pack up and move there, people do it all the time!

Even though it’s that time of year, where we’re longing for warm weather and Mickey Mouse, we can still hold out hope that we’ll get to see that beautiful Castle at the end of Main Street USA soon. Part of the Disney life is to keep dreaming, and not lose hope of our hearts desires, even if it’s just a magical vacation that we’re longing for. So, we can all dream together, share memories, and fight that Disney Depression with others who get where we’re coming from. You’re not alone if you have the Disney “blues” right now, you’re in good company! Here’s to looking forward to achieving our goal of visiting the Main Mouse this year, and keeping that magical hope alive!


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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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One thought on “Disney Depression ~ Can You Relate?

  • March 20, 2014 at 1:58 am

    It feels as though you’ve read my mind…and my heart! I have a major case of the Disney blues right now and your article articulated what I’m feeling so perfectly. I live in the Pacific Northwest and the winter blues are common here and getting to Disney is no small feat. Thankfully I am planning a trip to DL for the Health & Fitness Expo this summer. I can’t wait to feel the magic again!

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