Many guests visit Walt Disney World for runDisney ’racecations’ throughout the year, whether it’s for the Walt Disney World Marathon, Princess Half Marathon, Expedition Everest Challenge, Tower of Terror 10-Miler, or Wine and Dine Half Marathon, but sometimes schedules don’t match up or you have other vacation priorities and the need arises to run while on your regularly scheduled vacation. Aside from logging treadmill miles, what’s a runner on vacation to do?
Fortunately, there are a plethora of options – especially if you are staying on property at the Walt Disney World Resort. While your run might not include the requisite character greeting opportunities of a race, it will surely provide a magical start to your morning and planned activities.
Each of the following recommendations include approximate mileage and terrain considerations and can supplemented with additional loops or out-and-backs on sidewalks and walkways within the confines of the resort area. Maps may be requested upon arrival at resort front desks – the following images below have been complied from a variety of sources.
Please exercise caution when utilizing shared spaces with maintenance vehicles and be courteous to fellow pedestrians. As in any other physical activity, please consult your physician before beginning a fitness routine.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area
Distance: 1.5 miles
Suggestions: Add loops around the buildings and theming of the resort to get in some extra miles. If you’re someone that likes a leisurely run, do a photo scavenger hunt of fun sights along the way.
Distance: 0.16 around Uzima Pool, apx 0.5 miles between Kidani Village and Jambo House
Suggestions: Although the distance options are not plentiful at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, the spread-out nature of the resort lends to great indoor walking opportunities.
Distance: 1 mile around entire walkway, .75 along Lago Dorado
Suggestions: Mix up loops and enjoy running over bridges and taking in water views. There are also many plaza areas tucked away along the route that can add fun and mileage.
Epcot Resort Area
Distance: 7/8 mile – 3 miles, depending on course
Terrain: Paved, along with boardwalk surface (slippery when wet!)
Suggestions: Quiet mornings are the best time to log some mileage in this area! You can run around Crescent Lake, up and over bridges, and even down the canal area toward Hollywood Studios to your east, or toward the entrance to Epcot‘s International Gateway to the northeast.
Distance: 1.2 miles on main path
Terrain: Paved, paver stones and boardwalk surface (watch your step!)
Suggestions: Exploring the Caribbean Beach area can be quite an adventure! Enjoy the water views, fort details and island feel.
Magic Kingdom Resort Area
Distance: many options, from 2.5 miles (and shorter) to much higher, with added loops.
Terrain: Part paved, part gravel.
Suggestions: The Ft Wilderness /Wilderness Lodge area is, as one might guess, very wooded – bug spray and/or protective eyewear ir recommended in case of high insect areas. As in other paths that make contact with roadways, be mindful of others who share your paths.
Distance: .89 miles on confines of property
Terrain: Paved / paver stones
Suggestions: Depending on time of day, the out-and-back distance to the Magic Kingdom entrance and boat launches (about 0.5 mile one-way) can add some extra magic to your run!
Distance: 1 mile
Suggestions: Mileage can be included with extra loops around the Grand Floridian, or added on after reaching the Polynesian.
Distance: 1.5 miles
Suggestions: As with the Grand Floridian route, mix-ins to and fro, and around resorts can add miles. Bonus: kick off your shoes and do some strides on the beach!
Downtown Disney Resort Area
Distance: 1.1 miles, withmany add-on options
Suggestions: Whether you are staying at Pop Century or the Art of Animation Resort, you are welcome to cross the bridge over Hourglass Lake to enjoy a change of scenery and extra mileage. Take in the larger than life theming of both resorts and immerse yourself into the very different stories being told at each location!
Distance: 1 mile, with many add-on options
Terrain: Paved / paver stones
Suggestions: Take in the gorgeous views of Port Orleans between both sides of the resort.
Distance: 1.37 miles
Suggestions: Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Disney’s version of Key West, taking in the views of canals and the fairways of Disney’s Buena Vista Golf Course. Add extra resort loops for mileage! Please note: golf cart paths are not meant for pedestrians.
Distance: 1.4 miles, with many add-on options
Suggestions: The main path around the resort is easy and marked – to add on some mileage, take the path to the east of the map onto a sidewalk that links the resort to the Downtown Disney area (parallel to Buena Vista Drive). Please note that some areas of Downtown Disney are closed in the early hours (opening times may vary, but are generally around 9:30 AM) and you may need to take sidewalks around the main area. You may also take the sidewalks down Hotel Plaza Blvd (they are lit) for more distance.
Starting (or ending) your Disney day with a run can be a great way to maintain your fitness routine, so next time you’re at Disney, why not check out one of these routes.
Or, if you’ve run at Disney before, did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!