Ok, so I could be the president of this topic. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I frequently whine about my desire to get back to The Happiest Place on Earth, and how life honestly (no sarcasm here) is harder without Disneyland being a constant in it. When I read the suggestion for #letsLEARNfriday that said, “How to cope with Disneyland Being Closed,” I not only felt a boatload of sympathy for this person, but also knew I’d have to jump on this quickly. I’m not 100% sure that it was a serious suggestion or not, but if its an excuse for me to talk about Disneyland, then heck ya I’m on board.
Its also occurring to me that I’m not sure how much we’ll really be learning here today, but hey, maybe you’ll be able to learn some new coping mechanisms to navigate the world without Disneyland. Also, I feel pretty hopeful that 2021 will bring Disneyland back to us. Lets all hope that thats the case.
Sooo… If you want to learn how to help the sting thats burning within your heart because Disneyland has been closed forever…I mean, since March 2020, keep on reading. Here are my go-to ways to help my heart when I’m missing my happy place particularly badly.
HOW TO COPE WITH DISNEYLAND STILL BEING CLOSED
- Look at your Disney pictures. The ones your parents took of you in front of the castle when you were 1 to the ones you took on your latest visit. Look at all of them and feel all the emotions. Cry, laugh, reminisce, then hang your head and allow yourself to feel some sorrow for you are not in a Disney Park. Its ok to admit you’re sad without it. Then end that thought on thinking back to some of your favorite Disneyland memories.
- YouTube all the Disney things. Our personal favorite things to YouTube are: Fantasmic , most Disney parades but I’m particularly fond of the Paint the Night and Soundsational currently. Watch peoples Vlogs from the park.
- Wear your Disney apparel. It doesn’t matter if its a shirt with Mickey Mouse on it, socks with the castle, sweat pants with DISNEYLAND going down the leg or maybe its even your favorite pair of ears – wear them. Also encourage your family to do the same. Dress your baby in all his/her Disney clothes. Inform your spouse how much you’d love if they followed suit. Tell your friends to join in. Then, feel a little more magical in your outfit.
- Hang up another Disney picture somewhere in your house/room. You know, if there is room. Because if you can’t be there its only natural to have every nook and cranny in your home remind you of the place you longed to be. Then stare at those pictures and text your spouse about when your next trip will be – because you aren’t there and you need to be, pronto.
- Change your wallpaper on your phone to a Disney Park picture. Or, if you’re like us, switch from one Disney Park picture to another. That way each time you look at your phone you will be greeted by some Disney magic.
- Listen to all the Disney Park music 24/7. It is crucial to your happiness/misery that you never have a moment without the magical melody of a Disney tune playing in your ear. Close your eyes and imagine you’re there. Think of your beautiful memories from The Happiest Place on Earth. Feel the joy swell in your heart. Smell the smells. Then open your eyes. Shoot, you aren’t there. But instead of getting too sad – plan your next trip – whenever that will be. Just start planning.
- Get online and start surfing shopdisney.com, I mean, you probably need some new Disney stuff in your life. Aaaaaand, technically Disney merch is cheaper than tickets to Disney, so, you’re basically saving money on this one. You’re welcome.
- Cry. Because lets me honest. Its kind of impossible to cope with not being in Disney and sometimes crying can solve a problem or two — and it feels good. I cry about Disney all the time, just ask my kids.