Even though most of us head down to Walt Disney World for a runDisney race (or four), there may be a time when you visit and a race is not involved. There also may be the need for a quick shakeout run before or after your big race. Thankfully, Walt Disney World has many fantastic running trails for you to use!
New Balance teamed up with Walt Disney World to create running trails for visitors to enjoy during their vacation. Located at most Walt Disney World Resort hotels, you can enjoy a few miles before hitting the parks for the day. Be sure to look for the signage, which will direct you in the paths to take. Let’s take a look at a few of these trails!
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Beach Club & Disney’s Yacht Club
A portion of this trail will be quite familiar to those who have run the Walt Disney World Marathon or Wine & Dine Half Marathon courses! The path takes you around Crescent Lake, as well as toward Hollywood Studios. Once around the lake is just under a mile, as is the path to Hollywood Studios and back. For those wanting to add more mileage, run along the path of Epcot Resorts Boulevard and Buena Vista Drive.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
If you are looking for a more trail-like experience, then head to the wilderness! This 2.5 mile path is nestled in the wooded area between Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge. It is sure to be nice and quiet, which can be a wonderful reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the parks. Need more mileage? Take a detour and run around the campground.
Disney’s Grand Floridian and Disney’s Polynesian Village
Take the path that connects these two resorts for a great one mile run, while enjoying views of the Seven Seas Lagoon. If you time it right, you may even get a wonderful sunrise view as well! If you need to add more mileage, you can run around the various buildings at each resort.
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside and Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter
Run along the Sassagoula River between these two resorts for a nice mile-long journey. The paths are quite peaceful in the morning, and you can always add on some mileage by exploring the paths around the buildings as well. (Not to mention, you can stop by the quick service restaurant for a beignet to enjoy post-run!)
These are just a few of the great trails available throughout Walt Disney World. (Bad weather? All deluxe resorts have a fitness center that includes a treadmill.) Be sure to ask the front desk or concierge for a map of the running trail at your hotel while staying on Disney property!