7 Tips For A Healthier Disney World Experience

by Meredith Kreisa

Booking a vacation at Walt Disney World in sunny Orlando, Florida is enough to make any adult feel like a little kid again. You are ready to run from ride to ride, enjoy the sun, and indulge in delicious treats.

But then the logistics set in. In a world full of burgers and fries, how can you possibly stay healthy? How can you survive the blistering Florida sun? With these seven easy tips, you'll have no trouble having a healthy, happy vacation with the big mouse.

1. Look at menus ahead of time

If you have any dietary restrictions or just hope to maintain a healthful diet, this is essential. Sure, it can be tempting to just wing it once you are there, but if you do this, you'll probably end up with a lot of burgers and fries. Looking over the menus will help you get a firm grasp on all your options.

Yes, burgers and fries are prolific at Walt Disney World. However, they are not the only options. While menus are constantly changing, you can get a basic idea of what each restaurant offers by reviewing the menus online. 

The World Showcase in Epcot is a particularly good option for anyone looking to avoid the traditional theme park fare. Here, you can dine on Japanese, Moroccan, French, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, German, British, Norwegian, and Canadian cuisine. 

2. Have a dining strategy

Just like reviewing menus, you'll need to do some planning ahead for the best dining experience.

Most sit-down restaurants require reservations, so be sure to schedule for that timewise. Relying on counter service meals will make your schedule more flexible, but it will eliminate some delicious and nutritious options.

Regardless, it is a good idea to have a basic idea of what you'll plan to do. For instance, you might want to maintain a list of a few restaurants in each park that you'd like to try. This way, if you get hungry in the park, you'll have a clear idea of where to go rather than just going to the nearest one (which may not be the best option).


3. Reapply sunscreen constantly

Particularly if you are visiting in summer, the Florida sun can be intense. To make matters worse, the humidity and heat will ensure that you sweat off a lot of the sunscreen. This is why it is important to reapply frequently. Otherwise, you'll suffer quite the burn.

One good strategy is to reapply sunscreen whenever you are walking from place to place or waiting in line (both of which you will do often). Just pay attention to which parts you've recently reapplied sunscreen to and rotate. Don't forget all exposed areas, like the part in your hair, your ears, and any area under lightweight garments. If you stay on top of it, you'll have no trouble escaping with no sun damage. 

4. Tour the greenhouses in Epcot's The Land Pavilion

The Land Pavilion in Epcot offers a "Behind the Seeds" tour of their greenhouses for an extra fee. On this tour, you can see their unique growing techniques. Anyone who loves fresh food is certain to enjoy, and it will give you a strong appreciation of what goes into the production of food. Reservations are required.


5. Adjust your workout before and during your vacation    

Believe it or not, a vacation at Walt Disney World can be physically demanding. You'd think a vacation destination that attracts a large number of children would be, well, a walk in the park. But it isn't. It's intense. Just a walk around the World Showcase Lagoon is over a mile long. 

To prepare ahead of time, you might want to focus on more cardio. After all, you don't want your pleasant vacation at the theme park to feel like a strain. Remember: Disney World will probably be warmer than the conditions you are accustomed to working out in, so it will be that much more demanding. 

During your vacation, you might want to just drop your workout altogether – you'll be getting plenty of exercise without even trying.


6. Buy bottled water

Tap water at Walt Disney World is not particularly palatable, so you might be tempted to drink soda. Buying bottled water is a good way to stay hydrated and avoid extra calories.

You can purchase bottled water at any snack cart or restaurant. However, if you have the opportunity to stop at a grocery store, you might want to stock up on bottled water for your room to save some money.


7. Don't stress about indulging in a few treats

You're at a theme park! It's time to have a little fun! So if you want that ice cream bar or popcorn, just go for it. Since you'll be walking all day, you'll burn off the calories, anyway.

Don't let theme park horror stories weigh you down – with these seven tips, you can easily stay healthy and enjoy a great Walt Disney World vacation.

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