A Disney vacation is a total adventure, but most people don’t sit around relaxing on adventures. What’s the number one vacation tip I would give to anyone anticipating or planning a Disney trip? You need to start walking way before your feet ever hit Main Street, U.S.A, to run and grab a Fastpass at Space Mountain.
Walt Disney World is comprised of 92 miles of theme parks, resorts, restaurants, shopping, water parks, and mini-golf. Everything is spread out, so even when you take your own car, you’re still going to do a lot of walking. You’ll walk from the Disney bus to the restaurant to your room. You’ll walk from the monorail to the gate. You’ll walk mile after mile just to get to the rides. And on…and on…and on you walk, propelled sometimes only by Pixie Dust and cupcake sugar.
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If you go in the summer, the Florida heat and humidity can make each step feel like two, especially in direct sun, so you had better start training like you’re going to walk a marathon.
On my last Disney trip, I did walk a marathon. In fact, I walked the mileage equivalent of over 3 marathons: 110 miles in 11 days.
Will you walk that much? Probably not. I wander around day and night taking photos at the parks and touring the resorts, but you can average upwards of five to seven miles a day.
Are you really ready for that much physical activity on vacation? About two months before you leave, start walking every day. You need to get your kids walking with you if they won’t have the privilege of riding in a stroller. Most children are not accustomed to walking 3-7 miles a day, and while they won’t suffer as much as older adults, at least in my experience, all these miles can add up to tired and cranky kids. Exhausted children don’t make the best vacation companions.
Two More Things…Buy some socks with Wicking so you don’t develop blisters. If your socks are loose and your feet get sweaty, you’ll be in big trouble.
And drink lots of water, especially if you’re going to Disney in the summer, because all that walking and heat really take it right out of you.
Disney can be an absolute blast, and you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime. But you will enjoy your trip more if you starting some conditioning now. You can rest when you get back home and unpack, right after the post-Disney depression sets in.
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