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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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Memory Maker at the Walt Disney World®Resort

Photo Credit: Disney

Many people ask is Memory Maker worth the price. To me, it is worth every penny. I love all of the different “Magic” shots Memory Maker has to offer at the different theme parks, resorts, and now at Disney Springs too! I go to the Walt Disney World® Resort often and make sure I buy a pass that includes it but, if you stop to take just 5-10 photos it pays for itself. I would not have near as many memories of my son growing up without it. I love to look back on fond memories of the Walt Disney World® Resort with my family. I am a very sentimental person so Memory Maker is for me! I also take most of the photos so it is nice to be in them with my family. There are also borders and stickers to put on your photos before downloading them. I usually buy the disk of photos for $29.99 and it includes a nice gallery disk. The gallery disk has different photos of the Walt Disney World® Resort on it. The castle photo above is on my gallery disk.

I want to show you many photos in this post to show some of the variety in what comes with it. There are so many more magic shots then there used to be. Memory Maker has come a long way in a few years. My son has grown up in the Walt Disney World® Resort and has been able to go many times. I was not able to go until my teenage years and I fell in love with the Magic Kingdom, it stole my heart! Oh, that was the only park then! Wow, time flies and that is why Memory Maker is so “Magical”. Do not miss out on the memories. For more information visit more information on my site: https://fansofmickeymouseshouse.com/category/disney/  And Walt Disney World® Resort https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

Pandora – The World of Avatar | Walt Disney World® Resort Review

I was finally able to see Pandora after waiting almost a year to see this new area. I loved the beautiful colors of the plants and the area itself was gorgeous. The line for The Avatar Flight of Passage was over 340 minutes along with the Na’vi River Journey being at 85 minutes.  The Avatar Flight of Passage was a great ride. I really felt as though I was flying on a Banshee. During the Na’vi River Journey, I wanted to touch one of the spinning yellow flowers they were just too far away. The Na’vi River Journey in Pandora was so short! I was just enjoying it and it was over! Maybe it is only 1 or 2 minutes, I will have to ask about that.

The area of Pandora is very small for so many people. I have not heard of it being expanded. There is one set of bathrooms and one restaurant and of course a gift shop. The gift shop had a futuristic place where you could make your own Avatar Doll, and buy a Banshee. Next trip I would love an Avatar Doll, so cool!

 

At night the Pandora area was lit up and very pretty just like the movie. My expectations were to be walking “through” the movie and they were not met due to the area being so small. Compared to Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, where it really feels like you are walking “through” the movie series. In my opinion, Universal Orlando has the better areas set up and Disney might have dropped the ball on Pandora unless it expands. Also, no one can ride The Avatar Flight of Passage at Pandora without waiting 4 hours in line? There are never any Fasspass+ left for the ride. To sum it all up Pandora has pros and cons just like any other Theme Park area but, we waited eight years for it. What do you think about Pandora? Leave your comments above.

For more information on The Walt Disney World®Resort visit: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

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16 foot Gingerbread House is a Candy Store in Disney’s Grand Floridian Lobby!

 

Gingerbread House Candy Store in Disney's Grand Floridian Lobby!

Gingerbread House Candy Store in Disney’s Grand Floridian Lobby!

I have a special holiday tip for you. There is a 16-foot Gingerbread House that is a candy store! It is so exciting to see and is located in the lobby at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa®. I love to purchase a roof shingle, which is a large piece of gingerbread shaped like the gingerbread house roof. Then I like to sit down. It takes a while for everything to soak in. It is so very magical in the lobby. There are lots of Christmas Decorations, an extra large Christmas tree, and during certain times of the day, there is an orchestra playing. I cannot believe the tender loving care which goes into the decorating of The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa’s® Lobby. It is overwhelming when you first walk in and see the decorations, tree and gingerbread house. Next, you can smell the gingerbread, oh it smells so good! When the orchestra is playing it is like the cherry on top of ice cream!

Gingerbread House Roof Shingle

Gingerbread House Roof Shingle

Gingerbread House in Disney's Grand Floridian Lobby!

Gingerbread House in Disney’s Grand Floridian Lobby!

Decorations and Gingerbread House in Disney's Grand Floridian Lobby!

Decorations and Gingerbread House in Disney’s Grand Floridian Lobby!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is such a treat to visit here during the Holidays. This is on my “do not miss” things to do. I usually call to see when the orchestra is playing and then plan when I would like to go. There are also Photo Pass Photographers in the lobby to take photos in front of the large tree. This is somewhere I like to spend more than thirty minutes at. I could stay all day but, only stay a couple of hours. Yes, I really do stay a couple of hours just in the lobby but, there are also many places to eat at too. Take my tip and do not miss this you will really enjoy it here it is filled with bright pixie dust!

For more information call: 1-407-934-7639 for reservations to stay or visit: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/