Chafing is a real concern when visiting Walt Disney World. As Steve Harvey so accurately put it, “At Walt Disney World, you’re gonna do some walking.“
If one is not accustomed to walking long distances, they may be taken aback by the significant amount of walking required to fully explore Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, or Hollywood Studios. In fact, if an individual spends the entire day in the parks, from opening until closing time, they could find themselves walking more than ten miles! Although walking is generally favorable for one’s health, it can cause a range of issues for frequent Disney visitors. These issues include fatigue, blisters, pain in the feet and legs, and a rash that has been coined the “Disney rash.”
Out of all these issues, chafing is arguably the most distressing. While sore feet and blisters can be discouraging, chafing can be downright excruciating. If one has experienced this before, they understand precisely what is meant – when the skin rubs in uncomfortable areas, it can become raw and agonizing. This is particularly true in the sweltering and humid Florida climate!
What is Disney Chaffing?
Although it may be common knowledge, chafing refers to the irritation that results from skin rubbing against other skin, clothing, or materials. This discomfort can affect different parts of the body, such as the armpits, chest (in the case of women), or the area where the thighs meet the buttocks. However, when it comes to a visit to Disney World, it is most likely that the groin and inner thighs will suffer from chafing. If sweat or moisture from rain is added to the equation, the chafing can worsen to the point of breaking the skin and causing bleeding in some cases.
When embarking on a magical trip to Disney World Parks, the excitement can be overwhelming. However, it’s crucial to plan for potential discomforts that can arise, such as limited options for mobility that can lead to chafing. Unfortunately, this can quickly turn into a miserable experience that can affect everyone’s enjoyment, especially if you’re traveling with a group.
During a recent visit to Animal Kingdom with my beloved wife, we were ecstatic to stand in line for the Flight of Passage in Pandora. As we explored the various rides and shows in Dinoland, USA and Africa, my wife began to experience chafing. Despite the discomfort, we continued to enjoy our day, but the chafing gradually became unbearable, forcing us to take a break and head back to our car. We then drove to our hotel off-property, where my wife could rest and that’s where we stayed, cutting our Disney day short.
It’s essential to be mindful of any discomforts and prioritize rest to avoid ruining your day. Whether it’s taking a break to sit down, staying hydrated, or packing extra clothes, planning ahead can help you make the most of your magical experience at Disney World Parks. So, instead of enjoying the next showing of Festival of the Lion King, we went back to our room and that was the end of our trip.
My Best Tip To Avoid Chaffing at Walt Disney World
Prior to moving forward, it’s important that we acknowledge the fact that chafing may at times be an inevitable occurrence. Nonetheless, I have stumbled upon a highly beneficial piece of advice that could potentially prevent the notorious Disney chafing. In addition to donning loose-fitting shorts crafted from skin-friendly material that facilitates seamless gliding as opposed to friction, and ensuring that said material is capable of wicking moisture, there exists a supplementary measure that has truly made a substantial difference in my endeavor to experience a chafe-free visit to Disney World.
As I gear up for my day spent at the park, I have come across two reliable techniques to thwart potential chafing. Firstly, I make use of a powder, like baby powder, by sprinkling it into my shorts to eliminate any moisture accumulation that could cause irritation. Secondly, I gingerly apply a stick of deodorant to the inner thighs to counteract any friction that could result in discomfort. It may seem a tad awkward, but this particular method has worked wonders for me and I have yet to experience any problems with chafing since I started using it.
In my personal experience, I have found that following this seemingly simple piece of advice has proven to be quite effective. Despite frequent visits to the Parks on a monthly basis, with extended stays, I haven’t encountered any issues with chafing since I started. For those individuals who also struggle with this common issue during their Disney trips, I highly recommend giving this tip a try and sharing your results with us. It is important to note that the effectiveness of this advice may vary from person to person, but it has certainly worked wonders for me.