Traci C. (NDM#118) (37 Posts)

Traci was born and raised in Ohio, but has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was 18 months old (in 1974)!! She has always had a special place in her heart for all things Disney, but especially loves Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, and her favorite princess - Cinderella. Traci spent her childhood visiting the Magic Kingdom for just one day every summer (her grandparents lived in Tampa, Fla.). It wasn't until 2003 that she finally was able to stay "on property" .. and now visits at least once a year (more if she's lucky). The family's favorite resort - Beach Club. The love of Disney runs deep in Traci's house - her daughters love all things Disney and are always looking for "hidden Mickeys" (and both been counted as NDKs). And her husband? Well, he's almost as Disney-obsessed as the girls. One of these days the family hopes to make the move south to be closer to The Mouse (and away from the cold, snowy Ohio winters).

You’re winding down a wonderful vacation at Walt Disney World with just one more day to go. So, how do you decide where to spend the last day? I guess that depends on how long your stay is and how you’ve planned out your Walt Disney World vacation. If it’s a short stay or your trips are far and few between you might have everything planned out from the time you arrive until the moment you leave Disney property. A longer stay, let’s say a week or more, might allow you some flexibility in planning and allocating your time. However, a definite “don’t do” is going to Disney without a plan.

Everyone has their own ideas and plans on how they want to spend their last day on Disney property. Some people like to spend their last day there shopping while others try to get in one last round of golf. My wife and I have friends whose family likes to spend the last day at their resort relaxing by the pool and taking a final walk through the hotel grounds. We on the other hand try to squeeze a little more magic in at one of the parks before taking that long, depressing bus ride to the airport but, we don’t really plan out our last day with the exception of breakfast because we all know it’s all about the food.

Part of planning our trip is to leave the last day relatively free so we can decide as a family which park we would like to spend our last hours of vacation in. Everyone in my family agrees that Epcot is our favorite park and that’s where I’m sure you would guess we would spend our last day. Wrong! For some reason we always wind up at the Magic Kingdom. Although my kids are older now the Magic Kingdom has always been our unanimous choice. Maybe it’s the smell of the popcorn, taking that one final leisurely stroll on Main Street USA, the lure of having just one more Dole Whip, riding Pirates of the Caribbean again, or visiting the Haunted Mansion one more time. What ever it is there is something truly special and very magical about ending our vacation in the Magic Kingdom.

There is so much to do on Disney property that it can become overwhelming choosing what’s best for you and your family. Even after your trip itinerary is set there are still so many factors that can cause the very best of plans to go astray. Remember to plan wisely and to give everyone traveling with you time to relax and recharge their batteries. I promise it will make everyone have a happier vacation. The last thing you want is a grumpy group that just can’t go on and whose last day of vacation will be a memorable one but, for the wrong reasons.

Please keep in mind that Disney property is massive and it is impossible to do everything on property in just one visit. What ever you decide to do on your last day, make it magical so your memories will last until you return again one day to the happiest place on earth!

Contributed by: Stuart S. (NDD #47). Stuart is a contributor to the Disney Driven Life and is the author of the Disney Geek Dad blog.

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