Preparing for walking at Disney

Walt Disney World is full of magic and wonder, but let’s be honest, it can be less magical for your feet with all the walking you’ll be doing!  I’m going to give you some tips to help minimize the pain and damage to your feet while still enjoying a fabulous vacation.

1.  Wear the right footwear.

Save the heels and cute sandals for another day.  Unless they’re extremely comfortable with appropriate arch support, that is.  Good sneakers or walking shoes are what you’re going to want, preferably ones that are relatively new but have been broken in.  You want to avoid blisters at all cost.  Wear good, thick (but not too thick) cotton socks with your shoes as well.  That’ll help minimize friction on your heels and balls of your feet caused by sweat.

2. Practice makes perfect.

Start walking before you even make it to the parks.  Take an evening stroll after dinner each night for 2 weeks before your trip.  That will get your body used to daily walking.  Start small and work up to longer walks.  If you involve your kids, this could also be some fun anticipation time chatting about your upcoming Disney trip!

3.  Hydrate!

Make sure you’re taking in plenty of water during your day.  That’ll help keep you from feeling worn out and sluggish.  If you don’t want to carry water around with you, there are water fountains at every restroom location, plus you can get cups of free ice water at any time at any quick service restaurant in the parks.

4. Take frequent breaks.

This seems like a no brainer but it’s easy to get caught up in the fun and excitement of Disney and forget to give yourself a rest from time to time.  My family likes to take a midday break at our resort, but if that’s not your speed, maybe find a quiet place to sit for a few minutes every hour or so.    You could even jump on the train at Magic Kingdom and ride around the park.  That would give you some time to sit while still seeing the sights.

5. Sweet relief.

Blisters can’t always be avoided and should you get one you’ll want to take care of it so it won’t interfere with your fun.  If you have a spot on your shoe that’s causing some friction, try some moleskin or some friction block.  If you’ve got a blister that’s already formed try these blister relief bandages.  They can help speed healing and add some padding to keep you comfortable.

I hope these tips help keep your feet happy and healthy while you’re visiting the Disney parks.  If you have a tip I’ve forgotten, leave it in the comments!

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