By Amanda of Mouze Kateerz.com.
The worst part about a Disney vacation? It’s definitely coming home.
- DDS – Disney Depression Syndrome.
- DVES – Disney Vacation Ending Syndrome
- PDS – Post Disney Depression
Different names- same outcome. You miss Disney and it’s depressing to ponder when you’ll make it back.
My family has been Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members since 2009, and our home base is at Bay Lake Tower in Orlando. Coming home from Bay Lake Tower is rough. I’m going to show and tell you why the DVC has wrecked my home life.
1. No Jet Tub
I wake up before or go to bed after my family, just so I can make time for a soak in the Bay Lake Tower jet tub. A person could totally get used to this. Unfortunately, I don’t live in a house with a floor plan that would allow for instillation of a jet tub. Money for a tub? Nope, I spent that on Disney tickets. So I go back home, no jet tub, no double-extra hot water with bubbles, and I’m relegated back to just a plain old shower. Ugh.
2. No Monorail
There’s no monorail outside my window at home, and jumping in my car pales in comparison to hopping aboard a monorail and zipping to other fabulous resorts or the Magic Kingdom. (Number 2.5 – there are no resorts in my neighborhood either.) There’s no metal pole for my kids to hang onto in my car. There’s no monorail driver at home- gasp- I am now responsible for driving myself again. I have to actually carry a driver’s license. There is no cheerful voice telling me to please stand clear of the doors, just my shrill voice yelling for the kids to get in the car. Don’t get me started on the current price of gas…Ugh, the horror.
My favorite things to do near the monorail?
3. No free shampoo
I have to pay for my own shampoo at home, and it does not usually smell as tropically fabulous as H2O’s Disney Resort shampoos. Remember when Mickey Mouse asked if everyone was clean and pretty? He was talking directly to me, and the answer is no, because the resort shampoo, like Jack Sparrow’s rum, has run dry. Ugh.
4. No Bay Lake
There is no lake within 20 miles of my house, much less right out the back door. There is no shuttle boat to take me to Wilderness Lodge. There is no lodge within eight hours of my house. There are no boat horns to hear in the evening hours when the sun goes down. There are no sounds of children laughing and squealing as they board a Pirate Cruise from the Contemporary dock. Ugh, the horror.
So what’s cheaper than a DVC membership and longer lasting? A Disney tattoo!
5. No Mouse Keeping
I am the maid at Castle Mouze, and the only reason I haven’t been fired for incompetence is that no one more qualified has come along to work for free. Who will wash my sheets? Who will wipe down the bathrooms and kitchen? Who will empty the trash? Me…ugh. I think I have developed a stress headache.
6. My pool isn’t their Pool
I have a pool in my backyard, but it doesn’t look like the one at Bay Lake Tower. Pool bar and café? That’s my kitchen, where dishes are usually piled up high in the sink, and it’s a toss up if there’s enough food for lunch. Cast Member to cook? Nope, it’s just Moi, and my cooking stinks. Ugh, the horror.
Speaking of Disney pools, I don’t have access to one of these cabanas either, and they are amazing. You won’t believe the prices…
7. No Cool Kids Activities
I have a small fire pit from Lowes, but it doesn’t even remotely look like this. I even have to buy my own marshmallows. There is no Community Hall for my sons to relax in on hot summer afternoons. Who is going to entertain my kids while I Facebook from my iPhone? Ugh, me, and the kids are not thrilled about that either.
8. No mural of Space Mountain in the Dining room
I have a dining room table, but there is a painting of a sailboat on the wall. Can you imagine my husband’s expression if I painted a Space Mountain mural and hung it behind his chair? Now picture my kid’s expressions of glee. OK, my teen daughter might not think it’s so cool. Ugh, the horror.
How much will Bay Lake Tower cost you without using DVC points? Make sure you’re sitting down, and then check it out.
9. No fabulous Disney vacation bedding
Now that all this pondering my post-Bay Lake Tower losses has given me that stress headache, I could go take a nap and sleep off my depression. But my sheets and comforter just do not feel like the Bay Lake Tower bedding. And it’s possible to order my own set, but then I probably couldn’t make my car payment this month. Ugh, I might as well take a nap on the couch.
10. No Top of the World Lounge
If I want to watch the 10 p.m. fireworks show or grab a quick adult drink or bite to eat, Bay Lake Tower has their Top of the World Lounge just for Vacation Club Members. The closest facsimile I will get to this at home is to climb a tree stand and throw a bottle rocket out of the tree. More problematic is that I don’t own a tree stand, and current law states I can shoot off fireworks in my yard only on the 4th of July. No lounge, no nightly fireworks show. I can put a sparkler in my hand, but I’m still lacking the 14th floor balcony to watch the sun go down from the highest point on Disney property. Ugh, the horror.
See, the Disney Vacation Club is ruining my home life. Don’t get me wrong- I like my house and adore my family, but the post-Disney Vacation life is depressing. How can I cure it? Start counting the days until my next WDW vacation, of course! Oh, and build some of these…
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