Round about January every year, I make the decision to get out and walk. The calendar flips a page, and all the world's a flurry of post-holidays good-intentioned resolution making. I decide it's a good time to give it a go, and I start out with great fervor. And then life hits. And excuses creep up. And so on and so on...you know the drill.
I go on vacation with the same good exercise intentions. I took workout clothes and running shoes with me on our cruise on the Disney Dream at the end of February. Do you think my running shoes ever met Deck 4's running track? Ummm, no. They did not.
Thankfully, getting to be in and around Walt Disney World property on a regular basis has helped my step count. I love nothing more than logging into the Health app and seeing how many miles I walked after a typical day of covering news and happenings in the park. During our time of isolation, getting out and walking/jogging/whatever around my neighborhood is something I've tried to do. Before the workday started this morning, I got out for just a little bit, and it helped reframe my morning and my mindset.
Exercising while on vacation might be a tough thing to work in, especially when you're on a Walt Disney World vacation and you might be covering 6 miles just touring the parks alone. But, just in case you're in need of a great walking path when the parks and resorts reopen, I thought I might share about my favorite WDW walking route that I've enjoyed over the years.
The path from the bus stop area at Disney's Hollywood Studios around the Boardwalk and back is my all-time favorite. The paved/boardwalk path takes guests to and from both Hollywood Studios and Epcot, and traces the waterways and Crescent Lake in between.
For me, one of the keys to walking is that I want to be somewhere that keeps my interest; this path doesn't disappoint. You might see a heron standing at the water's edge, ducks gleefully swimming along, and, if you time your walk just right, you might see the Boardwalk area beginning to come alive for the evening. The Friendship boats that take guests to and from the resorts and parks provide added ambiance and activity.
If you're a people watcher, you're definitely in luck by taking this path. The only downside is that you have to try and avoid the Boardwalk Bakery. It's strategically positioned halfway through the walking loop. It's hard to be strong when those amazing coconut macaroons are waving at you as you pass by. Then again, maybe a delicious coconut macaroon would be the perfect reward for making it halfway through your walk. Hmmm....
So, what about you? Do you have a favorite walking path at Walt Disney World? Please share your favorite below so that we can lace 'em up and get our steps in when the parks and resorts reopen.