Steps add up quickly when you’re walking around the happiest place on earth – Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. It’s easy to get your exercise in by simply playing in the parks, but for those moms who want to add some extra miles and keep up with their regular walking, running, and training routines there are plenty of safe options to choose.
Jogging Trails Within Disney World
There are several running routes on the pathways within Walt Disney World Resort. The routes vary in length from just under one mile to approximately 2.5 miles. In 2013, Disney announced a strategic partnership with New Balance that includes the creation of running maps for the trails and fitness programs for guests. Printed maps of the routes are available at the concierge in the lobbies of the resorts. You can find more information including a list of the resorts and distances at, www.disneyworld.disney.go.com/recreation/jogging/
Fitness Centers at Disney World
Getting your workout on at one of Walt Disney World Resort’s 11 fitness centers is also an option if you’d prefer to stay indoors. I’ve had the pleasure of releasing some stress and sweat at several of the centers during various visit including the Ship Shape Massage Salon Fitness at the Yacht Club Resort, Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, and most recently Muscles & Bustles Health Club at the BoardWalk Villas when I was there for the TravelingMom writers’ retreat.
As expected, I’ve always had a “Disney” experience in the fitness centers, too. They’re clean, inviting spaces with a plethora of state-of-the-art equipment to choose from. Learn more about the fitness centers and spas at, www.disneyworld.disney.go.com/spas/
What better way to walk, run, and train at Disney World Resort than to take part in a runDisney event. I’ve rocked a tiara for the Princess Half Marathon three times and have also enjoyed the fun and festivities that accompany the Wine and Dine Half Marathon; and can tell you runDisney events are at the top of my list of favorite races.
Planning a visit around one of their popular running events is a great way to get your fitness on and have fun at the same time. Most of the events include a 5K, 10K, a half marathon and kids races so they’re perfect for family vacations or if you want to escape and run with your friends. Details about runDisney can be found at www.runDisney.com.
- Remember the heat and humidity at Disney World can be high. Keep that in mind and consider heading out early in the morning for cooler temps.
- Make sure to stay hydrated and fuel properly during your workout. No getting sick and missing fun time in the parks.
- Pack travel-size clothes detergent so you can hand wash sweaty clothes in your room; or take advantage of the laundry service options available. Also, bring dryer sheets to stick in your shoes to help prevent any odor from all of your hard work lingering in your room.
- If you’re striving for longer distances you’ll have to repeat routes. You can also split up your time between the treadmill and the trails. Start off on the treadmill then go out and hit the trails, or vice versa. Get creative!
- Stick to the designated areas. Disney World Resort is a busy place always bustling with activity. Be mindful of the cars and traffic; and of course the countless number of people there to enjoy the Disney magic, too.