Study Finds That Planning a Disney Trip Will Make You Happier

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If you love visiting Disney Parks around the world as much as the ITM team, the results of a recent study by researcher Michelle Gielan won’t shock you.

According to a Disney Parks Blog post about Gielan’s research, she discovered “that 97 percent of respondents reported having a trip [to a Disney theme park] planned makes them happier. Seventy-one percent of respondents felt greater levels of energy when they had a trip planned in the next six months.”

If you’ve ever seen this magical pop-up on your computer screen after booking a Disney resort trip, you know the surge of excitement you feel when you see Mickey Mouse and “I’m Going to Disneyland Resort!” or “I’m Going to Walt Disney World Resort!”

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Gielan’s research, which can be viewed in full here, was part of the Let’s Go There initiative, which is a travel industry wide effort spearheaded by the U.S. Travel Association:

The Let’s Go There Coalition engaged happiness researcher Michelle Gielan from the Institute for Applied Positive Research to field this study to understand the impact of booking travel on happiness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sample consisted of 263 U.S.-based adults, aged 18 and older. The online survey was conducted August 21-24, 2020.

The Walt Disney Company is proud to be involved with the Let’s Go There campaign. President and Managing Director of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Jill Estorino is a co-chair of the Let’s Go There coalition. Estorino told Disney Parks Blog:

“This campaign is a first step in inspiring Americans to think about planning a vacation, and encouraging them to look forward to experiencing the wonder and joy—and even magic—that only travel can offer.” 

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Although these are strange times for travelers throughout the United States and the world, Disney Parks officials are taking all of the necessary precautions to keep Guests and Cast Members safe in the Disney theme parks.

From enforcing social distancing on even the busiest days to implementing contactless interactions, Disney is doing its part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Josh D’Amaro said, Disney “is ready to make that magic” for families once again.

A planDisney panelist shared D’Amaro and Estorino’s excitement about taking a Disney World vacation right now, telling Disney Parks Blog:

“Quite simply, the world needs more joy. When little ones light up seeing Tiana for the first time or parents witness their children find the courage to ride an attraction, or families finally get everyone together in the reunion t-shirt, that joy inspires me as a panelist.” 

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Although Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California remains temporarily closed, our friends at Academy Travel look forward to helping you and your family plan a Walt Disney World vacation right now. Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney‘s Animal Kingdom, Disney‘s Hollywood Studios, and Disney Springs are all open and ready for you to return “home” to the magic!

They will work with you to choose the right Disney package for your family or even plan a Disney Cruise Line trip when sailings resume. There are so many ways to experience Disney magic.


Do you have a Disney trip planned right now? Tell us your thoughts on just planning a Disney vacation making you happier! Do you agree?

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