Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Aug 3, 2010
    Erin from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    with a G.G. of 17 people, ages 0-65 what's the best plan to help prepare physically for the workout of walking the parks for 7 days. Is there anywhere online to find a training schedule of sorts? How much does an average person walk each day? NO SORE FEET!

    Hi, Erin! The average WDW guest underestimates the amount of walking and standing one does -- which is estimated to be around 20,000 steps per day or an average of 10 miles daily. Be good to yourself and enjoy your vacation more by gradually working up to the "work out" that is a WDW vacation:

    • Know your limitations. If you don't routinely exercise, see your doctor for advice on your physical abilities and limitations. Wear a pedometer to gauge the amount of steps you take daily and gradually increase them. Take frequent breaks during park days -- time out on benches and go back to your resort for naps or a dip in the pool.
    • Pace yourself. Plan each day of the trip to get an idea of the expected activity level. Schedule one table-service everyday and eat right. Carry quick-energy bars or whole fruit and include a pain reliever in your park pack.
    • Wear good shoes and stay hydrated. Break in your shoes prior to your trip. Always carry band-aids/moleskin for blisters and a bottle of water for hydration. Soak in the hot tub at your resort or soak your feet in your room at night. Get plenty of rest, wash your hands frequently and take your vitamins to avoid getting sick.
    • Take a vacation from your vacation. We always take a resort day in the middle of our WDW vacation where little or nothing is planned. We take turns working out at the resort's exercise facility and/or scheduling a massage to help ease any stress.
    • There is more to see than can ever be seen -- more to do than can ever be done. The Lion King song is right. I've been dozens and dozens of times, but I still haven't seen or done everything. So, don't panic...just return!

    Best wishes on a happy and healthy trip for everyone! Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

Anchors aweigh! Time to set sail aboard Disney Cruise Line, and I'm just the mom to help you navigate the waters of planning. From stem to stern to ports of call, I'll show you the ropes of pixie-dusted vessels filled with magic and adventure. Learn More About Andi

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