When some people think of the holidays, they imagine an endless stream of pineapple pouring into the pool. No doubt you can make this vision a reality at Walt Disney World, but they will also cover you if you want to include an active time as part of your vacation.
Let’s start by saying that a considerable percentage of Disney World visitors walk more than seven miles a day as part of their normal course of events: trekking through the parking lots, walking from the resort’s dining area to the lounge, and, for of course, strolling around the theme parks to enjoy as many attractions as possible. This can be more than enough exercise, especially if you’re pushing a stroller or carrying a load of heavy equipment for cameras.
But if you want to increase your calorie count, here are some opportunities to exercise at Walt Disney World:
- swimming: All Walt Disney World hotels have one or more swimming pools. The only Disney-owned hotel pool with marked walkways is in Coronado Springs, but you can use any of the pools for other types of water exercise. If you want to swim around, staying in a hotel near Disney that is not Disney, especially the Swan, is another good option.
- Golf: There are three 18-hole courses on the Disney property (Palm, Magnolia and Lake Buena Vista) and a 9-hole course (Oak Trail).
- Tennis: Tennis courts are available to the visitor at Contemporary, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk, Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, Yacht & Beach Club and Fort Wilderness. Guests at any Disney hotel can use the slopes in order of arrival. You can use your own equipment or borrow rackets and balls from Disney. DVC members can use equipment for free; there are rates for other guests.
- Gyms: Fitness centers are available for guest use at Yacht & Beach Club, Wilderness Lodge, Boardwalk, Saratoga Springs, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Riviera Resort, Old Key West, Grand Floridian, Coronado Springs and the Contemporary. Use of fitness centers is limited to guests of these resorts, with limited exceptions (e.g., Polynesian guests may use the Grand Floridian Fitness Center).
- Canoeing: Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort for a small fee. Anyone can participate regardless of where they are staying.
- Cycling: Bicycle rental is available at Caribbean Beach, Old Key West, Port Orleans French Quarter, Port Orleans Riverside, Saratoga Springs, Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness, for a small fee. Bicycles for children and adults are available for a small fee. Anyone can rent bicycles at the resorts.
- Volleyball: You can play on the volleyball courts at Caribbean Beach, Contemporary, Coronado Springs, Old Key West, Polynesian, Yacht & Beach and Fort Wilderness resorts. Guests of any WDW resort can use the courts. Disney Vacation Club members can borrow equipment or other guests free of charge for a small fee.
- Basketball: There are full-size tracks at Contemporary, Old Key West and Saratoga Springs stations. Medium-sized tracks are located at Animal Kingdom Lodge and Grand Floridian. In Fort Wilderness there are several quarter tracks. Guests of these resorts can borrow material free of charge.
- To run: In addition to DisneyDisney’s organized events (which require pre-registration), for occasional exercise, most WDW hotels have trails to run around the resort, ranging from about a mile to just over three miles. Check out your hotel reception for a map.
Are you a fan of exercise while on vacation or walking in the parks? Let us know which of these offers is your favorite.
First published on June 12, 2021. Updated on October 15, 2021.