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The Best Walking Paths in Walt Disney World

Any vacation at Walt Disney World involves plenty of walking as Guests spend long days in the Disney Parks exploring all of the beautifully themed areas and enjoying attractions, dining, entertainment, and more. While Guests definitely get their steps in at Disney Parks, there are also plenty of beautiful walking paths found throughout the property that offer up the chance to go for a jog, run, or leisurely stroll and take in some stunning scenery. From water views to quiet paths that wind through the winds, here are the best walking paths to enjoy when looking for a calm stroll at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a massive and sprawling area that celebrates Spanish, Mexican, and Southwest American cultures with small buildings with Guest rooms as well as the immense Gran Destino Tower, all surrounding Lago Dorado. The theming continues with the architecture and landscaping that transport Guests to the celebrated regions, and there are two walking paths that showcase this beauty. The shorter path is a full circle around Lago Dorado which is .75 miles long and the slightly longer 1-mile path, which hugs about half of the lake and then veers off through several sections of room buildings, giving Guests the chance to truly soak in the Disney Resort’s theming.

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Seven Seas Lagoon

With the new addition of the paved pathway that connects the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Guests have the opportunity to enjoy a beautifully scenic stroll nearly all the way around Seven Seas Lagoon. Beginning at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Guests can enjoy a short walk to the Magic Kingdom, where they can cross the entrance plaza and enjoy the theming of Main Street, U.S.A., and the Walt Disney World Railroad Station before continuing on their stroll.

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Guests then can proceed to a paved pathway that leads to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa while gazing out at Seven Seas Lagoon and watching the monorail glide by above. The pathway then continues through the grounds of the Disney Resort where Guests can enjoy the Victorian elegance and charm before connecting to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, where the exotic beauty of the South Seas comes to life. Guests could choose to continue past Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to the Transportation & Ticket Center or hop on the monorail to enjoy a scenic ride back to their starting destination in celebration of their two-mile loop around Seven Seas Lagoon.

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Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

One of the most serene and beautiful areas of the Walt Disney World Resort is Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground where Guests are invited to tap into nature and enjoy cabins, campsites, RV hookups, and more surrounded by the natural beauty of a Florida forest. The Disney Resort is also home to one of the longest walking paths at the Walt Disney World Resort, with a 3.1-mile pathway that winds through quiet and lush wooded areas with glimpses of the cabins and campsites and the opportunity to explore all the way to the nearby Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This is the best walking path option for Guests who are looking to enjoy some natural beauty to escape the craziness of the Disney Parks for a while!

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Crescent Lake

One of the most picturesque water areas of the Walt Disney World Resort is Crescent Lake which can be found steps from EPCOT’s International Gateway and features a classic boardwalk that connects Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, and the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. Guests can enjoy several walking paths at each of the Disney Resorts as well as a loop around Crescent Lake where they can enjoy the seaside architecture of the Disney Resorts as well as water views and charming nighttime lighting from overhead string lights. There is even the option to enjoy a roughly ten-minute walk to nearby Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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Disney’s Port Orleans Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is home to both Riverside and the French Quarter, each of which features its own unique theming nestled along the shores of the Sassagoula River. Guests can enjoy a one-mile-long stroll along the beautiful river beginning at the far end of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, where they can soak in the Mardi Gras atmosphere and pass by the lively Doubloon Lagoon Pool. The walking path then continues over to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, where a scenic loop can be made around the main lobby area with more rustic and charming Southern theming to explore.

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Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Old Key West Resort brings the laid-back atmosphere of the Florida Keys to life and invites Guests to visit the fictional town of Conch Flats, where pastel colors, classic architecture, calm waterways, and natural Florida beauty shine. Guests who want to truly enjoy all that the Disney Resort has to offer can take a leisurely walk along a 1.37-mile pathway that winds through the various room buildings and onto Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, where sprawling and manicured greens can be found all around.

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is themed to feel like the bright and tropical culture and atmosphere that can be found in Jamaica, Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, and Trinidad, with colorful pops all around and native vegetation and plant life. The Disney Resort is centered around Barefoot Bay, and a picturesque walking path loops around the entire body of water, bringing Guests through each of the themed room building areas to showcase their unique charm. This leisurely 1.25-mile path perfectly combines water views and serene surroundings, complete with glimpses of the Disney Skyliner in the distance. Guests can even opt to add in an extra half mile to their walk at the adjacent Disney’s Riviera Resort.

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Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

The final walking path that Guests are sure to enjoy at the Walt Disney World Resort can be found at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, which brings Guests to turn of the century Saratoga, New York — famous for its horse racing and natural springs. Located on the shores of Lake Buena Vista, the Disney Resort is absolutely massive and features a 1.44-mile walking path that winds through many different room buildings while offering beautiful views of Disney Springs across the way. Guests can even opt to add some miles to their stroll by taking a connecting path all the way around Lake Buena Vista and exploring all that Disney Springs has to offer.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.