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The Ultimate Guide to Staying Fit in Disney World

 This is an awesome Guest writer post by:

Chris Castellano Founder, Fittest Travel chris@fittesttravel.com

 

Don’t let the happiest place on Earth become the unhealthiest place on Earth. Follow this guide to maintain your fitness in Disney World.


Every time I’ve visited Disney World, I’ve met some significant challenges to maintaining my fitness routine. Gone are the gyms I’m used to working out in, the supplements I usually take, and the food I’m used to eating. Time becomes an even more precious commodity in Disney, as every minute of every day is accounted for with fast passes, meals, and characters to meet. If you’re a parent, the challenge is even more daunting. It’s important to remember that while it may seem easy to set aside your own personal health and fitness while you’re on vacation, this is a mistake.

Packing and Planning

As with any trip, you can give yourself a huge advantage before you even leave. Be sure to pack the right things to help you stay on track while you are visiting Disney World. I always keep in mind that staying at a Disney resort means I will not have access to a grocery store for the time I’m there.

Here’s what to pack:

Jump Rope

Jumping rope comes with a ton of benefits for travelers looking to stay fit and healthy while they’re on the road. From the low cost to the small size, a jump rope can and should be in every traveler’s bag. I never go on a vacation or a business trip without my jump rope. It’s a your mobile cardio machine. Take it anywhere with you and get an incredible workout.

Snacks

There are a ton of great healthy snack options to pack for a trip to Disney World, but I like to focus on protein bars. My go-to choice is RxBar. I usually pack at least two per day, one for “lunch” and another as a snack.

RxBar has developed an amazing protein bar that is made from only real food, tastes great and contains no unnatural processed garbage. You won’t find ingredients here that you can’t pronounce and have no idea what they are. These protein bars will make you feel great and keep you healthy on the go.

Recommended Flavor: Chocolate Sea Salt

Ingredients: Egg whites, almonds, cashews, dates, cacao, sea salt, natural chocolate flavor.

Supplements

I like to focus on what nutrition my diet will be lacking in. Fresh fruits and vegetables are not easy to find in Disney World and it’s very unlikely you’re going to be consuming them while running around Magic Kingdom anyway. So how do we make sure we’re getting the proper nutrients and vitamins we need? For starters, I always pack vitamins D and C when I travel.

I also pack vegetable powder packs. They contain all the nutrients you would get from vegetables and I can put them in a bottled water, shake it up, and get the good stuff in my system quickly.

Planning

Aside from packing, the most important part of planning for staying fit in Disney World is figuring out when you are going to have time to workout. For most people, days are planned out with little to no time to spare. Time is precious in Disney and no minute should go to waste when there’s so much to do.

So when are you supposed to workout?

For me, workouts have to happen in the morning before breakfast, so that means waking up about an hour before everyone else. I would typically wake up around 7am, get my workout in, shower, and was ready for breakfast by 9:30. Not a bad way to start your day. I felt great, was full of energy, and had my “win” for the day. If you’d rather workout at the end of the day, do that. Want to squeeze in sets of push-ups, squats, or burpees spread out throughout the day? Do what works for you.

Healthy Eating

What you eat while in Disney is the basis for how you will feel during your trip and after you get home. No one expects you to deprive yourself while on vacation and that’s fine. There’s no need to do that anyway if you’re remaining active. Here’s how to make smart choices about your meals while still enjoying yourself in the parks.

Breakfast

Your first meal of the day is a great opportunity to load up on fuel to get you through the first half of your day. I would always eat my breakfast between 9 and 10am, after I finished my workout. Having my breakfast this late allowed me to get all the way to dinner without eating a big meal for lunch. Try to include lots of proteins and fats in your breakfast and choose less processed carbohydrates, like potatoes.

I always opted for scrambled eggs, bacon, and potatoes with black coffee. At roughly 500 calories and 40 grams of protein, it was the perfect way to start my day and energize me for a long day at Disney World without giving me the sluggish feel that pancakes and waffles do.

Lunch

Lunch was always kept simple. You’re probably going to be in the parks at lunchtime and it can be really easy to grab one of the many unhealthy foods available around Disney. Don’t get tempted by the fries, pretzels, cotton candy, and soda. I always packed protein bars, mixed nuts, and dried fruits and made them my “lunch” for the day. Not only was I able to stay away from the junk food, I saved money by not spending on the overpriced food. I had tons of energy as I went from ride to ride (and tried to keep up) with my four year old. Drink a lot of water, too.

Dinner

Believe it or not, it was actually easy to find healthy(ish) choices for dinner. Of course it depends on where you’re eating. Dining at Disney World can range from food courts to fancy restaurants. The easy part was to know what NOT to eat. For me, that means choosing potatoes and rice over bread and pasta. Even easier was to know what TO eat. Try to pick a meal that includes plenty of vegetables and has proteins and fats to keep you full (think salmon, chicken, or steak). Yes, I said steak.

Here are some examples of tasty but healthy dinner meals in the parks and resorts:

  • Sweet and Sour Chicken with Vegetables and Jasmine Rice, Asian Wok Shop, The Land Pavilion at Epcot
  • Miso-glazed Salmon, Grand Floridian Cafe, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
  • Bell & Evans Chicken Breast, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood Studios

Staying Fit

Being in Disney World, by default, means a lot of walking. This puts you at an immediate advantage in terms of getting some physical activity. While this is great, it’s also usually offset by our tendency to consume more food. And walking is good but let’s be honest, it’s not enough to keep someone in excellent physical condition. It’s actually the bare minimum of what every person should be doing.

So here are a few options to help keep you on track to crush your fitness goals while visiting Disney World.

Disney World Resort Gyms

Nearly all of the resorts on Disney World offer fitness centers or health clubs. Most consist of what we’ve come to expect from a hotel gym: dumbbells, treadmills, and various cardio and resistance machines.

Here’s what fitness-minded guests can expect at some of the deluxe resorts on Disney:

Hotel Room Workouts

Another great option is to workout right in your hotel room. Make it a part of your daily travel routine by beginning your day with your workout. All you need is some floor space and as little as ten minutes of your day to move your body around.

Use this 10-minute workout in your hotel room to keep yourself in great shape.

Do as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes:

This workout is so simple, yet incredibly effective if you put in the effort. The key thing to remember here is that you’re racing the clock. You want to minimize rest during the ten minutes and do as many rounds as you possibly can before the time is up. Record your progress and strive to get better every time you perform the workout, even if it is just by a single repetition.

Running Trails

If you enjoy getting outside for a run or walk, Disney has got you covered with more than 16 miles of new running/walking trails. These trails and loops can be found in all four resort areas and provide guests with a great way to get outside and enjoy a leisurely walk or a fast-paced run.

Learn more about the different running trails here.

You can view maps here.

Disney also hosts many running events, including marathons, throughout the year and you can learn more about runDisney here.

Bottom Line

Visiting Disney World should be an incredible time for you and your family. Don’t neglect your health and fitness. Plan and pack appropriately before you leave. Set aside a few minutes every other day for a workout, even if it’s right in your hotel room. Remember that eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself.

 

Chris Castellano Founder, Fittest Travel chris@fittesttravel.com 

 

Biography:

Chris Castellano is a travel fitness specialist and the founder of Fittest Travel.

He has spent years training himself and others in functional fitness, bodyweight training, calisthenics, and Crossfit and started Fittest Travel to help travelers stay fit and healthy while on the road.

He has served in the United States Army and Army Reserve since 2007 and deployed with a reconnaissance platoon to Iraq from 2008 to 2009. He worked on Wall Street for two years before becoming an FDNY firefighter in 2016. He is also a paid contributor to Oplens.com where he provides national security and military commentary.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Briarcliffe College and attended graduate school at Boston University. He currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

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Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

 

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Our family loves to stay at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. I have stayed there several times before, but now being adjacent from the new Disney Springs is awesome! I also loved the bridge and waterways to Disney Springs on Village Lake. There is so much to do at Disney Springs! New shops and new restaurants it is spectacular.

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Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is themed after a late 1800’s New York Saratoga Springs retreat famous for its spas and horse racing. There are horses on the decor in the villas. It makes me reminisce about the good old days when Grandma took my cousin and me to the horse races in Colorado. Oh, how I loved to watch the horse races and to ride the horses when I was young.

There is so much to do at this resort:

  1. Two fabulous feature pools with water slides, aqua, play areas and much more!
  2. Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
  3. Senses–the spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
  4. Playgrounds
  5. Tennis
  6. Fishing
  7. Jogging trails

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is an enormous resort with many bus stops within the resort. So remember to add a little bit of time when traveling by bus. There is also a boat which goes to Disney Springs at the main building of the resort. The main building and large pool are located in the “Springs” area of the resort. The launch from Disney Springs to the main building of the resort is located at the new bridge area. I find it the most convenient to stay in the “Congress Park” area of the resort which is very close to the bridge and a short walk to Disney Springs. When you get off the bridge, you are close to the “Rainforest Cafe” area of Disney Springs. I love to eat at Earl of a Sandwich it is one of my favorites.

 

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For quick service meals and snacks on site visit the Artist’s Palate. There you can find flat bread, tasty sandwiches, and entrees. The Turf Club Bar and Grill is the resort’s sit down meal restaurant that serves American fare and is very delightful.

The next time you cannot decide where to stay Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is a deluxe and beautiful resort to stay in. There are also Tree House Villas within the resort that have 3 Bedrooms! Last, of all give it a try I think you will be impressed!

For more information on the web: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas

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I just love Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas. It is hard to talk about one without the other since Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas are connected to the Lodge. The villas are a Disney Vacation Club©  property which opened November 15, 2000. They are both located in the Magic Kingdom Theme Park area. They both celebrate the majesty of the great outdoors. The villas lobby theme is recalling the great 1860’s railroad hotels of America West with railroad memorabilia in the lobby.  It has studio units with a kitchenette and one or two bedroom villas with a full kitchen and a larger living space for more family members. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is built with the theme of America’s great Northwest lodges. You check in for both in the lodge.

 

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The lobby of the lodge is an architectural marvel! It is beautiful! First look for a totem pole with Mickey and his friends for a great picture! I love to sit in the lobby with the 9 story ceilings, several fireplaces, and a stream which flows out into the, Silver Springs Pool. The stream inside the lobby has a bridge over it. There is some noise from the people hustling and bustling around, also some laughing from the wonderful restaurant, Whispering Canyon. The restaurant is full of fun for everyone and make sure if you eat there ask for ketchup and say you are really thirsty! There is another sit down restaurant called Artist Point which celebrates the food of the Pacific Northwest. It has seasonal specialties and waterfront views. The fast food restaurant, Roaring Fork has a different variety of breakfast foods, sandwiches, burgers, soup, and pizza and is very good. They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We love to eat there!

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There are two pools on the property. The Silver Springs Pool which has a slide, and two hot tubs. It is the larger of the two. The view from, the pool to the lodge is just breathtaking! It feels like being transported to an older time when life was slower and no one was in a hurry. This pool is a very special place! Close to this pool is a beach with chairs. There are Disney movies at night and you can see the Electrical Light Parade as it moves across the water of Bay Lake. Just past this area is, the Hidden Springs Pool. It has bubbling spring water in the pool and one hot tub. This is the smaller of the two pools but, I just love the bubbling water.

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This resort is not on Disney’s monorail line but has a great boat ride to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Buses take you everywhere else. We always take the nice boat ride to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and then for fun you can always ride the monorail to Magic Kingdom. You can also ride the monorail to Epcot but, it takes two monorails since the monorail goes to “The Ticket and Transportation Center” first then you will board the Epcot monorail to go to Epcot.

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To sum everything up the lodge and villas have a rustic feel to them. Everything is harmonized to the natural environment. I call it camping. I am an indoor girl and so Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas are the only way to camp! I can hardly wait to go back again! For reservations and assistance with a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation call:  (407)-939-5277 or visit their web site at  https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

 

 

Walt Disney World® Resort Pop Century

I love to stay in one of many Walt Disney World® Resorts. There are over twenty to choose from. I like to have all of the perks with staying on Disney property. In my opinion the transportation that is provided helps immerse you into the magical world. Sometimes I have to go on a budget. I have stayed at Pop Century twice. It is a Disney value resort, with a “far out” atmosphere of fun. It is themed after the fabulous fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties of our American culture. There are many large icons throughout the property. Pop Century is located in the Animal Kingdom area.

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This is a very large resort with 2880 rooms. If you would like to be close to the buses and the wonderful food court it is worth the small extra cost for a “preferred” room. The food court has a wide variety of food including Pizza, pasta, and, burgers. There are also several bakery items to choose from.

There are three different shaped pools on the property. One is a bowling pin shape, the second is a flower, and the third is computer shaped. There is also a kiddie pool located on site. You are allowed to swim in any of the three pools.

 

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I thought the gift shop was a very nice one with many different items to choose from. It was about a medium size gift shop but, I love to shop! Just outside of the gift shop is an artist that draws amazing characture pictures. She was an exceptionally talented artist!

The buses for transportation work very well. Since Pop Century is a very large resort they do not stop at any other resorts. This makes your wait and transportation time much shorter. Other resort buses stop at more than one resort.

In conclusion, the next time you are thinking about a value resort give Pop Century a try for a change. It is bright and colorful & full of fun! I think you will really think it is “hip” and the price is really “groovy”!

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