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7 Things I Hate About the Day I’m Leaving Disney World

As anticipation builds for our next Disney trip, we know in the back of our mind that eventually, our trip will come to an end. However, the excitement we feel drowns out those negative thoughts. Still they lurk, like a Monday after the weekend, waiting for that inevitable moment all Disney fans hate…departure day! Here are 7 things I hate about leaving Disney World.

1. Seeing other families just arriving

Arguably the most brutal part of ending your Disney vacation is seeing other families who are just arriving, with their entire vacation in front of them. You can see the excitement on their faces! Then you remember, that was me, just a week ago… We should be happy for them, but all we are is jealous.

2. When will I be back?

The best way to end your trip is to already have your next trip booked. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. Not knowing when you will return makes departure day that much more sad.

3. Packing my bags

One of the things I love about arrival day at my Disney resort is unpacking my bags. It feels like I’m “moving in”. On the other hand, re-packing never works as well. After all, I didn’t plan on all these bags of Disney souvenirs!

4. Leaving my beautifully themed Disney resort

A big regret when departing is wishing I had spent more time enjoying my Disney resort. “I only got to swim once…” “I was going to take a picture of that…” “I never got to try that cupcake from the food court…”

5. Seeing the park and knowing I can’t go in

If you stay at a Magic Kingdom resort, you can see the park as you are leaving. You think of all those lucky people having fun, and you can’t go in. Your trip is over…


6. Back to reality

One of the reasons we love Disney is the customer service. Leaving Disney property is like a punch in the face! In the real world, outside the Disney bubble, not everyone is nice.

7. Magical Express

It’s no so “magical” on the way back to the airport!

About Jimmie Jones

Jimmie is a retired school teacher from Texas, who has been going to Disney World for 25 years. He has experience in taking large groups to Disney, in addition to taking his own children and grandchildren. Jimmie and his wife Rhonda make annual trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and sail on the Disney Cruise Line.