Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are discussing ways to stay fit on your Disney vacation.
Staying Fit at Walt Disney World
Staying Fit at Walt Disney World is not as hard as it may seem. Walt Disney World resorts have excellent, well kept options to use and enjoy during your Disney vacation.
Every Walt Disney World resort, with the exception of Animal Kingdom Lodge/Kidani Village, has a designated , marked fitness trail for you to run or walk outside around the resort. Most of the trails are roughly a mile or longer. Not only can you get your daily exercise, but the trails are a great way to explore the resort area, too.
My personal favorite is the trail of the Epcot Resorts (Beach & Yacht Club, Boardwalk, Swan, and Dolphin). Circling Crescent Lake, you can appreciate the wonderful architecture of the resorts and smell the coffee and pastries of the Boardwalk Bakery. Take a jaunt down the Boardwalk Canal to the entrance of Hollywood Studios looking for water fowl along the way; or, veer off to the Epcot International Gateway for excellent views of the France pavilion.
Another great tail connects Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness. It is mostly shaded by large pines. You do not feel like you are in Florida (except for the humidity!). It successfully takes you to a National Park setting.
As for Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village, for walking outside you can circle the pools or walk the 1/4 mile between Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village. Otherwise, you have to use the treadmills.
The WDW deluxe and moderate resorts have a well-equipped fitness rooms to help you stay fit at Walt Disney World. Treadmills, elliptical machines, and recumbent bikes are usually available and can used if wish to exercise indoors. There is usually a small amount of weights and resistance equipment for strength training. You must be at least 14 years old to use the equipment, and 14 -17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Unfortunately, value resorts do not offer fitness rooms.
Each Walt Disney World resort has a least one wonderful pool. The main pools start to get crowded by mid-morning. If you get out early, the pools will not be very crowded and you can swim with little disruption. If you wait till later in the day, then good luck. Some resorts have smaller, “quiet” pools that are much less crowded. Swimming or water walking are great, low impact methods for staying fit at Walt Disney World.
The WDW deluxe resorts have tennis courts that are available on a first come/first serve basis. Rental equipment is available if you did not bring your own. The deluxe resorts are Animal Kingdom Lodge/Kidani Village, Beach & Yacht Clubs, Boardwalk, Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower, Grand Floridian, Old Key West, Polynesian, Saratoga Springs, and Wilderness Lodge.
Basketball courts and basketballs are provided at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kidani Village, Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, Fort Wilderness, and the Swan and Dolphin.
Work up a sweat playing sand volleyball at the following resorts: Caribbean Beach, Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower, Coronado Springs, Old Key West, Polynesian, Yacht & Beach Clubs, Fort Wilderness, and Swam and Dolphin.
Bicycles and/or Surrey bikes can be rented and enjoyed on your resorts property at several resorts: Beach & Yacht Club, Boardwalk, Caribbean Beach, Old Key West, Port Orleans Riverside, Saratoga Springs, Fort Wilderness, and Wilderness Lodge.
Canoe and Kayak
Fort Wilderness has canoes and kayaks for rent that are a great way to get in a fun workout.
Is Golf really a way to stay fit? If malt beverages are involved, then certainly not! Otherwise, it is still arguable unless you walk the course. I digress. Walt Disney World has 4 highly regarded golf courses that anyone staying on property can use. You can even be picked up at your resort and taken to the course.
I hope this helpful! Staying fit at Walt Disney World is not hard. Get out and enjoy what your resort has to offer, then remember why you are at WDW and enjoy the parks. Check out the Health/Fitness section of our site for more detailed reviews and tips.
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Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Orange | Disney Fitness Loop:
- 1st Stop – Magical Mickey Tips | Spa at Disney Four Seasons Resort
- 2nd Stop – Frontierland Station | Sports and Recreation
- 3rd Stop – Family Travel Escapades | Staying Fit at Walt Disney Worldt