It is VERY important to start walking BEFORE your Disney trip! The reason for this is you WILL be doing so much walking while at Disney. It is kind of your training for the marathon. I want you to understand this and how important it is.
1-We are going to be discussing the “walk” of “walk in the park”. Let’s dive into some tips about physically navigating through Disney on foot.and about navigating the Disney parks.
2-Your weeks before your magical adventure begins, I personally recommend that you start walking 30 minutes a day as soon as you make the decision to go to Disney. I think of it as training for a big race like a 5K or a marathon; the sooner you start the more your body will get used to it. You may even want to start walking more than 30 minutes, which is great too! Just don’t over-work yourself (Believe me the hospital is not a fun place to be)!
3–You will be amazed at how much walking you can do at Disney. Disney World is over 40 square miles large! Magic Kingdom is 107 acres, Epcot is 300 acres, Hollywood Studios is 154 acres and Animal Kingdom is 500 acres (the animals need the space). The distance around Epcot’s World Showcase is 1.3 miles!!
4-If you’re traveling with children, keep in mind that they do not go in a straight line from point A to point B, they tend to zigzag. You may think this is obvious but it does mean that they are walking MUCH farther than us. Keep this in mind as you walk and wander through the parks. Your children will get tired faster than you because of this.
5-Walking is a part of your life at Disney. You walk from your resort/hotel to the bus/monorail or to your car. After you park or get off the bus/monorail you walk to the park and through security for bag checks and metal detectors). For the more ambitious runners you have many trails at resorts and otherwise to choose from: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/recreation/jogging/
Congratulations, you now have arrived in the parks!! Even with the best of planning and use of Fastpasses you will be doing some back and forth across the park you are in. This is not to even mention if you decide to Park Hop-more walking. Then at the end of the day you get to reverse all this walking to get you back to your resort/hotel.
Let’s start preparing to have a great time at Disney!