I am an avid walker. I had a severe break in my ankle several years ago, and walking was a good way to strengthen it again once it healed. I signed up for a 10K that allowed walkers, and I have been walking for exercise ever since. When we moved to Florida one of the first things that my daughter and I started to do was to look for places to walk at Walt Disney World. We liked the idea of exploring and getting our walks in at the same time. Here are ten of our favorites. (My personal favorite is number two.) These aren’t the only places to walk, in fact there are dozens more. Bring water with you, and try to walk either early in the morning or in the evening during the hottest times of the year.
10. Parking Lots
One of the easiest ways to get some extra walking in at Walt Disney World is to skip the tram and walk to the front of the park. It may not be the most scenic walk on this list, but it could be the most practical. Make sure you remember where you parked, you don’t want to add extra steps because you can’t find your car.
9. All Star Resorts
No matter which of the All Star Resorts you’re staying at, you’ll have a chance to get your walk in. There’s a loop of about a mile that connects Movies, Music, and Sports. It’s paved, and it’s a fun way to see what the other resorts look like.
8. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
The grounds at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge may not be designated a walking trail, but that doesn’t matter. They are fun to roam and see what you can find. The property that Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is located on is huge, which gives you plenty of space to walk.
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7. Disney Springs and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
If you want to walk at Disney Springs, get there early! The district will get crowded as the day goes on. After you’ve explored (along the Sassagoula River is beautiful and less crowded) walk over to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. There are two designated trails, one is 1.44 miles, while the other is less than a mile.
6. Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts
Not far from Saratoga Springs you’ll find the two Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts (New Orleans and Riverside). Both offer great places to walk and explore in their own rights, and there is a 1.7 mile promenade that connects them. You can get a lot of walking in here.
5. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is broken down into five different island themes. To get from one to another, you can take a Disney bus; or you can walk. You can also skip the bus and walk to Old Port Royale, which is what Disney refers to as the “port of entry” for Caribbean Beach. There is also a trail that is a little over half a mile that runs around Barefoot Bay. It’s a pretty walk.
4. World Showcase
You’ll do plenty of walking in the theme parks, but none of them are made to walk the way that World Showcase in Epcot is. It’s about 1.2 miles around, making it the perfect place to walk and spend time in a theme park! The best time to walk is as early as you can. Most days World Showcase starts to get busier around noon, and the crowd will just continue to grow as the day goes on.
3. Disney’s Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village Resorts
If you want some luxury and fantastic views while you are getting your exercise, this could be the place for you! There is a mile long pathway that connects Disney’s Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village Resorts. You’ll enjoy the view of the Magic Kingdom with every step. Feel free to explore the grounds of the resorts as well. They are two of the most amazing properties in Central Florida.
2. Crescent Lake
Crescent Lake is in the Epcot Resort Area. It connects Disney’s BoardWalk, Beach Club, and Yacht Club Resorts. A loop around the lake will take you maybe 15 minutes, less if you’re a fast walker. It’s a beautiful walk, especially at sunset. To add a little more to your stroll, wander over to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. You can even walk to Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf if you feel like it, it’s not far.
1. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Fort Wilderness is arguably the best place to go for a walk at Walt Disney World. The property is huge, it’s so big that some people rent golf carts to get around. At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort there is a two and a half mile trail that’s for jogging and walking, but that is not all. There is also a shaded fitness trail that is 3/4 of a mile long. That connects Fort Wilderness with Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Once you’re at Wilderness Lodge, you’re going to want to explore both inside and out. You’ll feel like you somehow walked all the way to the Pacific Northwest.