If you’re going to Walt Disney World, chances are you’ll be walking. A lot. With so much ground to cover throughout the theme parks, at Disney Springs, and at your resort, a WDW vacation can feel a bit like a marathon! So why would you seek out more places to walk? Many walking paths in the most magical place on earth have stunning views, or take you to parts of WDW you haven’t seen before; and some of them are quite peaceful and secluded, which is always welcome in the midst of a busy vacation. Here are our favorite places to take a walk at Walt Disney World.
10. Discovery Island Trails
One of our favorite walking paths, both for its serenity and its uniqueness, is Discovery Island Trails at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. The path takes you around the base of the Tree of Life, through lush gardens, trees and tunnels of rock that provide the perfect escape from the chaos of the park. And you’ll find plenty of perfect photo opps with the hundreds of creatures that make up the Tree of Life.
9. All-Star Resorts
Unlike most resorts at Walt Disney World, it’s possible to walk between all three All-Star Resorts. We undertook this stroll while staying at Disney’s All-Star Music one year, just to explore the theming of the other resorts! It is a bit of a hike, approximately ¾ of a mile from the start of All-Star Movies to the end of All-Star Sports, but it’s a fun way to get those steps!
8. Maharajah Jungle Trek
If you want to combine your walk with wildlife encounters, Animal Kingdom’s Maharajah Jungle Trek is for you! One of two treks in AK, this one is themed after a royal forest in Asia, and it’s a breathtaking trail through picturesque ruins, jungle vegetation, and of course, animals! You might encounter tigers, a Komodo dragon, water buffalo, gibbons, more than 50 species of birds – oh, and the largest bat species in the world.
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7. Wilderness Lodge/Fort Wilderness Path
It’s not easy to find tracts of forest in Walt Disney World, which is why we love the walking path between Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. This shady path – always welcome in the Florida heat – takes you past towering pine trees and often past deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife. It takes about 20 minutes to walk this woodsy path.
6. DinoLand USA
Dinosaur fans, rejoice! You’ll love walking through the primeval world in DinoLand USA. Wander along the winding paths among ancient-looking vegetation and discover a variety of dinosaur statues (some of which you can even climb on) waiting for you to take the perfect selfie.
5. Grand Floridian/Polynesian Village Path
While we typically explore Disney’s Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village Resorts as part of a resort-hopping monorail excursion, you can also opt to walk between these beautiful resorts. The connecting pathway, which many guests aren’t aware of, transitions from the lively tropical theme of the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian’s luxury and gorgeous white sands. In addition to enjoying the beauty of both resorts, this mile-long walk offers some pretty great views of the Magic Kingdom.
4. Morocco Pavilion
A walk through Epcot’s World Showcase is always enjoyable, especially at night after the fireworks show, when you’ll have it mostly to yourself. But our absolute favorite place for a walk in Epcot is through Morocco. Many guests aren’t aware that behind the front of this pavilion lurks a stunning labyrinth of alleyways, shops, fountains, exhibits, and gorgeous mosaics created by artisans who came all the way from Morocco to work on the pavilion. This hidden walk is sure to impress!
3. Port Orleans Resorts
We’ve stayed at more than half a dozen resorts in Walt Disney World, and by far our favorite pick for walks is Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts. Whether you’re staying at Riverside or at French Quarter, you can enjoy beautiful, meandering paths that weave in and out of the resort’s beautiful architecture and well-groomed lawns and gardens. You can even walk or jog along the path that connects the sister resorts, as it winds along the picturesque Sassagoula River. It’s a perfect relaxing break from a hectic day in the parks.
2. Crescent Lake Path
We love strolling past Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts – there’s something magical about the white sand, beach chic architecture, and of course, the massive pirate ship! You can take in these sights and many more as part of a walk around Crescent Lake, which connects Disney’s BoardWalk to these resorts (the path continues on to Epcot’s World Showcase). This walk is especially lovely at sunset, or at night, when the many twinkling lights guide your way.
1. Main Street USA
There’s nothing quite like arriving at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and taking the famous walk down Main Street USA. While you won’t have this busy thoroughfare to yourself no matter when you visit, we bet you’ll be so enchanted you’ll forget all about the other guests! With Cinderella Castle beckoning and the wonders of the park opening up to you on either side, the walk from the train station at the entrance of the park to the Castle is one of the most magical anywhere on property.