On my recent trip I really did a number on my feet. I tried to wear cute rather than functional shoes and I paid the price with huge (and I mean huge) blisters. Have you done this before? Or maybe you are a Disney newbie wondering what would be the best kind of footwear for your trip? Well, I’m here this week to offer some advice on keeping your feet happy during a Disney trip! Not only will I talk about proper footwear, but I’ll suggest some tried and true blister prevention techniques! So, let’s get started shall we?
The biggest piece of advice I can give is to wear great shoes. For me the term “great shoes” is usually associated with really high heels, but when it comes to Disney it means sneakers. While I normally hate wearing gym sneakers or running shoes when I’m not working out, I make an exception for Disney trips. They provide the most support for the miles and miles I walk each day and generally keep me blister free.
I made the mistake of swapping out my gym sneakers for cute sneakers on my December trip. I didn’t last a full day before the rubbing became too much to handle. When I got to my room and took them off I discovered I had given myself enormous, nasty blisters in the name of fashion. I see people wearing these sorts of shoes all of the time in the park and thought I could handle it, but boy was I wrong! I wound up limping around the parks for the rest of the trip due to my failed shoe experiment. Don’t make the same mistake I did!
I also see folks wearing flip flops around the parks which I never quite understood. Now don’t get me wrong I love flip flops just as much as the next girl, but I don’t think I could handle wearing them in the Disney parks. Their thin sole offers very little support when you’re hauling yourself around all day. The average guest walks several miles each day (it is over a mile just around World Showcase) and without the proper support your whole body may ache.
Now that we’ve discussed shoes, let’s not forget socks. Wearing decent, cushy socks can really help you stay comfortable all day long. I have many friends who are runners and they like to wear their running socks in the parks! I am not a runner so I don’t go that far, but I do like to wear a nice pair that will absorb sweat and keep my feet dry and happy. Don’t cheap out on your socks!
Proper shoe selection isn’t the only step you can take to ensure comfort during your trip. There area few products out there that us WDW veterans swear by so I thought I’d share them with you. I typically wrap both of my pinky toes in band-aids every day when I’m at WDW. This tends to be a trouble spot for me so I find providing a bit of extra protection usually keeps blisters at bay. Sometimes, I will also put them on my heels to decrease friction there too. Moleskin provides similar protection where ever you might apply it. Friction Block is another favorite among some of my Disney commando friends. This stick is rubbed on the skin much like a stick of deodorant would be to prevent rubbing and friction from your shoes. Body Glide can be used in a similar way to avoid blisters while you’re trekking through Epcot or the Studios.
Using these products may feel like you are preparing for battle rather than a day in the parks, but as they say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You don’t want to be like me buying a sewing kit from at the resort so you can pop your unbelievably large blisters (I wouldn’t normally, but I was desperate). Nor do you want to find yourself hobbling around the Magic Kingdom grumbling under your breath about having to walk all the way up Main Street. Take care of your feet and you will be on your way to having a great trip!
If you do wind up with foot problems the first aid offices in each park will be happy to help you. Consult a park map to find one in your respective park where they are eager to provide band-aids and other basic treatments. I’ve had to pay a visit to these offices on a few occasions and they’ve always been nothing but helpful and nice. Don’t be shy! They see people with seemingly silly injuries all of the time.
How about you? What are some of your tips for keeping your feet happy while touring Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments!