Top Five Ways to Work Out at Disney World

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Are you a fit and active vacationer? Do you wake-up early to run or work out at the gym?

Disney offers an array of opportunities for those looking to exercise while visiting the resort. Here are my top five picks for working out at Walt Disney World:

5. Some of the resorts have a fitness center. The centers are free to use for guests of those resorts, or you can pay $12 per day to use the facility if you are staying at a different resort. Here is a list of resorts with fitness centers:

  • Boardwalk – Muscles & Bustles Health Club
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge – Zahanati Fitness Center
  • Coronado Springs Resort – La Vida Fitness Center
  • Contemporary  Resort – Olympiad Fitness Center
  • Grand Floridian – Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club
  • Old Key West – R.E.S.T. Exercise Room
  • Saratoga Springs –  Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Fitness Center
  • Wilderness Lodge  – Sturdy Branches Health Club
  • Yacht and Beach Club – Ship  Shape Health Club

4. Hit some balls on one of Disney’s fabulous tennis courts. Several resorts have courts. You will need to reserve court time in order to play on the resort courts. You can even sign up for lessons or time with a tennis pro. Clinics and private instruction at the Walt Disney World Resort can be reserved by calling 321-228-1146.  Lessons are provided by Orlando Tennis Services, LLC and are available at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Bay Lake Tower, Saratoga Springs and the Yacht & Beach Clubs. Equipment is provided. You must be a resort guest to participate. Private appointments are available, or you can join a group lesson. The cost is $90 per hour, per person (DVC members receive 10% discount).

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3. If you are a runner, you might consider staying at one of the resorts with dedicated trails. You can also bus to one of these resorts and use the trails free of charge. Jogging trails can be found at the following resorts:

  • Caribbean Beach : 1.4 mile
  • Boardwalk Resort: 0.8 mile
  • Coronado Springs Resort:  9/10th of a mile
  • Ft. Wilderness: 1.5 mile
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: 1.4 mile
  • Old Key West
  • Polynesian Resort: 1.5 mile
  • Port Orleans Resort: .7 mile and 1 mile
  • Wilderness Lodge and Villas: 1.5 mile

2. Surf’s Up! Want a unique and challenging workout? Try the surf school at Typhoon Lagoon. Surfing  lessons are offered every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:30am – 9:00am. Instruction is provided by Craig Carroll’s Cocoa Beach Surfing School. Class sizes are limited to 12 guests and you must be age 8 or older to participate. The session is a half hour of land instruction followed by two hours in the water. Guests must use the soft sided surfboards which are provided. The cost is $150 per person plus the cost of admission to Typhoon Lagoon. For reservations, call 407-WDW-PLAY (939-7529).

Typhoon Lagoon Surfer

1. Just being at Disney and having fun gives you a great workout! Let’s face it: we get a pretty darn good workout by walking throughout the parks all day for multiple days in a row. If you add a day or two at a water park you add lots of stair-climbing and swimming activities. My #1 pick for getting a workout at Disney is to just enjoy Disney and participate in all of the fun it has to offer. Trust me, you will be sore by the end of the day just from having a lot of fun!

Where do you like to workout at Disney? Have you tried the tennis lessons or Surf School? Tell us about them!


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