I’m sitting at my desk at my ‘unmagical’ job counting the minutes until 5 pm. I’m frustrated and irritated, people are just getting under my skin and I know that I’m ‘in a mood’. You know that feeling? It’s just overwhelming and you can almost feel the tension under your skin. I hate this feeling… I need an escape from here, and I don’t mean at the end of the day.
Lunch time rolls around and I realize I need to do something to get me out of this head space and get me through the next 5 hours! That’s when I select some of my favorite Disney ‘escape’ activities that I can do at work to make me feel better.
1. I plug in my ear phones and tune in to my favorite Disney music.
Recently I’ve found 8tracks radio on my phone and I’m in love. I can listen to all sorts of Disney music including the background sounds from the parks. They have playlists with the attractions as well! Right now I’m listening to the background music from Tomorrowland as I write this.
2. I sign in to Twitter and Instagram on my phone and follow along with others who are in the parks right now!
The live pictures really make me feel like I’m there with them. While this activity does make me jealous – it’s still fun to see what’s going on in near real time.
3. Periscope – this one is a little new to me.
I have to be honest, I don’t really know how to use it! BUT – I have managed to stumble across some live videos from people in the parks. If I’m totally honest, it’s because I see the link on Twitter and click it, that’s how I get there!
4. Watch YouTube
I think on my next vacation I want to make sure I’m taking videos inside of the attractions! I love ‘riding’ an attraction on YouTube in the middle of the day when I need a fix. My favorites are Soarin, Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain and Spaceship Earth. When I’m feeling a little silly, I ‘ride’ Journey in to Imagination – Figment ALWAYS makes me laugh! Who wants an upside down bubble bath? Of course I also re-watch my own YouTube videos of Castaway Cay, Fireworks and the Kiss Goodnight. I have a small collection now, but hope to grow my channel soon.
5. Read some Disney Inspired Blogs!
I read a lot of the other Disney blogs out there because I find it so interesting to read one person’s perspective or review of an experience. Sometimes we have written about a similar topic with vastly different views, but that’s what I like – seeing things through someone else’s eyes.
6. Log in to Facebook.
I like scrolling through different Facebook Groups as well to see what people are chatting about. I’m a bit of a ‘lurker’ in a lot of these groups, but I’m starting to come out of my shell and get engaged a little more. The great thing is that you don’t have to comment in order to get some great information. There are some groups online that I avoid (that’s a different blog post), but there are quite a few that I really like. I think these groups are managed well, they’re not trying to sell me anything and they really do provide a great place for Disney fans to hang out.
These are my favorite 3 Facebook Groups (in no particular order)
You May Be a Canadian Disney Addict If… – “A place where everything Disney meets the Great White North”. This group has lots of fun things for Canadians as well as Disney Addicts from all over the globe! Conversations are light, family friendly and fun!
Walt Disney World Made Easy for Everyone – This group is for sharing your favorite tips on how to make Disney easy, comfortable, fun and just plain wonderful! If you have any extra challenges (anything – like traveling with children, health challenges, etc.) you can ask questions or share your own tips! It’s terrific information sharing!
A Secret group of Disney’s magical theme park Cast Members & Guests – This group was founded by Christopher Martin as a way to meet cast members and learn about Disney news. Christopher travels the globe and shares his passion for all things Disney with the members of the group. His adventures are exciting to follow! The group has a ton of Disney information and tips and plenty of people contributing their personal experiences.
7. Contact my travel agent and plan my next Disney adventure!!
What things do you do to bring Pixie Dust to your day? Comment below and let us know!