Ask Amy: Getting Physical at Walt Disney World

Family Biking at Disney WorldIf you’re like me, you are starting 2014 in less than optimal physical shape. I’m also dreaming of vacation…somewhere, anywhere with warm weather.

So if you’re planning a getaway to Walt Disney World (WDW) this winter and don’t want to break your New Year’s Resolutions, see some tips below for a fit WDW vacation.

Jogging/walking trails abound at Disney. The Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground path is approximately 2.5 miles. Paths from the Swan and Dolphin complex can take your jog up to 4 miles. Other trail lengths in WDW range from slightly less than one mile to 1.7 miles. Most trails connect with a resort hotel or two, giving you the chance to also check out décor and amenities of other Disney properties. Visit this link for an official listing of exercise paths.

Fitness centers at WDW resorts provide an option for an indoor (read – air conditioned) workout. Guests must be at least 14 to use exercise facilities and age 17 without an adult present. Fitness centers are available at no charge to guests staying at the center’s resort or reciprocal hotels (e.g. Beach Club guests may use the Yacht Club facility, and guests at the Polynesian can take advantage of the health club section of Senses Spa at the Grand Floridian). Day and full stay passes may be available for an extra fee for those not staying at the properties below:

Volleyball – 8 sand courts can be found at WDW. Guests of any WDW resort hotel may rent equipment for a fee (no charge for Disney Vacation Club [DVC] members).

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin and Swan Hotels

Tennis – Seven WDW properties offer tennis courts on a first come-first served basis. As with volleyball, equipment may be rented by any Disney resort guest; no fee for DVC members. Tennis lessons may also be arranged.

Courts are found at the following resort hotels:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (Clay Courts)
  • Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin and Swan Hotels

Basketball – Shoot hoops at five WDW basketball courts, ranging from quarter to full size. Courts are available to guests staying at select WDW resorts at no charge.

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

Water Fun  – Work those arms with canoe or kayak rentals, then switch to a fun lower body workout with pedal boats. Boat rentals are great options for family exercise too!

Do you prefer high octane water fun? Try water skiing, parasailing, tubing or wake boarding. Rentals available at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre, located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Or catch a wave with surfing lessons at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.

Bicycles – finally – exercise on two or four wheels with bike or surrey bike rentals.

WDW offers other, perhaps less sweaty, options as well – golf, horseback riding, fishing, mini golf and more. With all of these choices – plus lots of theme park walking – we’ll be sure to stay fit on our next Disney vacation.

Next month we’ll tackle healthy eating at WDW. Happy, Healthy New Year to you all!

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Amy works as a college administrator and instructor in the Philadelphia area, where she lives with her husband and two children. She visited Walt Disney World for the first time as an adult for a conference. But Amy truly caught the “Disneybug” when she traveled with her young daughter. Amy loves all things travel and especially enjoys trip preparation and strategy: trying to find the best deals, exploring new resorts and restaurants, and planning an extra something special for each trip.

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