Let’s just say that we’ve been to Disney World more than a “few” times. 😉
We pretty much consider ourselves theme park experts at this point, and if you’ve reached that milestone as well, then we may have some things in common. There are quite a few Disney-centric habits we’ve picked up over our years of visiting the theme parks, and sometimes they carry over into the real world!
You Forget That The Real World Doesn’t Have MagicBands
When you get used to wearing a MagicBand on your wrist all day in the theme parks, it’s easy to forget that you’re NOT wearing one when you leave. We’ve been known to accidentally try and tap our wrists outside our front door at home or attempt to pay via MagicBand at the grocery store.
We get so adjusted to the convenience of having a MagicBand that it’s sometimes strange to go back to the real world. Thankfully, smartwatch technology has been advancing in recent years…so it’s kinda like wearing a MagicBand!
You’re Looking for Hidden Mickeys Everywhere
This is DEFINITELY a common habit of the dedicated Disney fan. Once you get on that hidden Mickey search, you won’t be able to stop — spotting them at home, at work, at school, and everywhere you go.
You know that they’re not specifically designed to be hidden Mickeys, but you can’t help it. Every time you see that three-circle pattern your mind is immediately drawn to your favorite mouse. You may have never noticed it before, but after visiting Disney World 100 times, it’s an unspoken habit.
You’re Surprised by the Cost of Eating Out
If you’re used to the price of dining in Disney World, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you head back home and eat out in those less touristy areas. You may even feel like you’re saving a significant chunk of change!
It may end up shocking you to go to your local fast food restaurant and not have to pay $10-$15 per person for burgers and fries. If you’re driving, you might even hit this realization on the way home from the parks! This usually sinks in when we’re at the airport before we even get home. Those inflated airport prices still seem like a downright bargain after a week in Disney World! WHOA!
Parking Will Suddenly Become More Confusing
When you’re at Disney World, parking is surprisingly straightforward…as long as you remember where you parked. In the real world, it’s not as simple, and you’ll probably find yourself looking for landmarks to help you remember where you parked your car at the mall.
The grocery store doesn’t have parking lot names based on Disney characters or row numbers on the ground that you can take a picture of. And the true downside of parking outside of Disney World? There aren’t any trams to take you to the front!
You Become a Line-Watcher
Those who visit Disney World often develop a special skill, a skill we’ll call “line watching.” Basically, if you’re given the choice of a variety of lines (like at security or the park entrance), you’ll be able to scan them and tell which one offers the shortest wait time.
When in Disney World, you probably know to avoid the lines that are closest (newer guests tend to jump in the first line once they get off the monorail or bus) and those that look like they’ll move slowly (a family with a bunch of kids may take longer since the kids sometimes have trouble scanning into the parks). Hopefully, you’ll be able to apply this skill when you leave the parks as well — you’ll make it through checkout at the grocery store in no time!
You’ll Keep the MDE App On Your Phone
If you’re a frequent visitor at Disney World, then you’re likely familiar with the very helpful (and at times frustrating) My Disney Experience app. It shows wait times, park maps, park hours, showtimes, Mobile Order, dining reservations, and so much more. And if you know you’re coming back soon, you probably won’t delete it after your trip.
In fact, you may find yourself checking it habitually to look at the wait times, look at menus, or scroll through various offerings like the festival guides. And if you look at those wait times and debate planning a last-minute trip to the parks…don’t worry, you’re not alone. Something about peeking in on how Disney World is doing on any given day just feels nice, doesn’t it?
You’ll Want to Listen to Disney Music More Often
When you’re in the parks often and Disney music is the soundtrack of your life for multiple days, it just becomes natural. You may even find yourself pulling up those Disney Parks playlists on Spotify when you get home.
We’re incredibly productive when we’re in Disney World, so maybe it’s the songs we’re listening to! (At least, that’s what we’ll tell ourselves while we listen to the EPCOT entrance loop for the 45th time today.) Singing a “happy little working song” seems to work for Disney characters and we’re NGL, it sure helps us get through the days too!
You’ll Start “Rope Dropping” Things
For those who aren’t familiar, “rope drop” is what Disney fans call it when they arrive at the parks before they open. And if you make that a habit on vacation, you’ll continue the trend when you get home, rope dropping the grocery store, the doctor’s office, you name it.
But let us warn you — at Disney World, it’s normal to arrive 30-45 minutes before opening, but if you do this in the real world, you’ll be sitting in the parking lot for a while. Sounds like a great time to listen to MORE Disney music! But hey, your dentist will likely thank you for your promptness!
You’ll Start Expecting Posted Wait Times
In Disney World, there are wait times for EVERYTHING. Restaurant check-in, rides, character meets, fireworks, etc. Just ask the nearest Cast Member and they can usually predict how long you’ll have to wait. But in the real world, it’s pretty much a guessing game.
Anytime you’re waiting in a line, you’ll be wondering what the posted wait time is. It’s easy to get antsy when you don’t know exactly HOW long you’ll be standing around. And if you’re a true Disney fanatic, you may even try to guess the “wait time,” even going as far as setting a timer on your phone. We’ve definitely done that one in a ride queue once or twice.
You’ll Start Calling Everything by Disney Names
When you’re in the parks a lot, there’s definitely a jargon that you pick up on. And if you visit often enough, that “proper nomenclature” (as Disney calls it) will start to seep into your daily vocabulary as well.
What do we mean? Well, employees anywhere will forever be “Cast Members” in your mind, and words like backstage, FastPass, Mobile Order, and queue will start to join the regular rotation as well. Call something an “attraction” or a person at the parks a “guest.” It’ll be a dead giveaway that you’re a “Disney adult.”
You’ll Start Using Acronyms for Everyday Things
And speaking of changing up your speech, let’s talk about acronyms — Disney uses them for everything! MDE is My Disney Experience, ADR is Advance Dining Reservation, DAK is Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and there are about a hundred other ones that you’ll learn throughout your many vacations.
And even though it takes a bit to get the hang of all those acronyms, you’ll start to realize that it’s easier than saying the full names for things. All of a sudden, you find that you’re GGS (going grocery shopping) before you PKFS (pick up the kids from school) and then you’ll DLL (do a load of laundry) when you get home. And then no one will understand what you’re saying…trust us, we’ve been there. 😂
No matter how Disney World vacations start to affect you in the long run, they’re definitely a blast! And if you’re looking for all the up-to-date Disney World information and news, then you’re in the right place. We’ve got you covered with the latest advice and tips here at DFB!
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What’s the weirdest Disney Habit that you have? Let us know in the comments!