Who doesn’t love a day at Disneyland? The Happiest Place on Earth really is a great place for kids and kids at heart to “leave today and enter the world of Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy.” When you walk through the main gates of Disneyland, your worries are left behind …
… And then you remember you didn’t go to the gym yesterday. Or the day before. And you’ll be too tired to go tomorrow. And suddenly your guilt is strong enough to melt that Mickey Ice Cream Bar in your hand. You have now spoiled your day at the park before it even began, and your friends are not happy with you.
I know how you feel. We’ve all been there. That’s why we developed a way to enjoy Disneyland and get your workout in at the same time: THE DISNEYLAND WORKOUT PLAN! Following these easy steps, you will be able to get an ample workout in from Critter Country all the way to Paradise Pier.
Let’s get the easiest part out of the way first. Needless to say, a day at Disneyland involves lots of walking. You can start your day off on the right foot (no pun intended) by opting to take the approximately one mile walk from the parking structure to the main gate instead of taking the shuttle. Once you are inside, think about getting as much footwork in a possible. For example: Instead of heading to Tomorrowland and riding everything there before moving on, move between lands consistently and stay on your feet. Take the long way! Instead of cutting through the Golden Vineyards to get to Paradise Pier, go down Hollywood Blvd. and through A Bug’s Land, or even through Condor Flats and Grizzly Trail. Heed this warning: Remember that you are in for a long day. Wear comfortable shoes and take breaks when necessary.
For those looking to get a solid arm workout in, I have developed a solid regimen that targets every muscle group. The resistance in the steering wheels on Mad Tea Party and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin will help both your biceps and triceps. Trying to remove the sword in the stone will help strengthen your deltoids and traps. For a great extensor and flexor workout, give Toy Story Midway Mania a try!
The best calf workout you’re not already doing: Autopia. With only one pedal and the general stop-and-go nature of the ride, you can start to feel the burn when you start to take the car off-roading about halfway through. To make it an even workout, ride the attraction twice and try both tracks.
4. Core Strength
If you’ve ever been on Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye or Goofy’s Sky School, you know that staying stable on those attractions as they toss you back and forth can be a real challenge. However, if you tighten your core and use your arms to brace yourself, you’re also working those abs and biceps.
To get your heart going, head over to Disney California Adventure and take on the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. There are several height and age limitations at this attraction, so please adhere to all the proper rules and regulations!
6. Legs and Glutes
One of the best exercises you could do for your legs and glutes at a gym is stair climbing. While at Disneyland, try to go on all the attractions that have stairs in their lines: California Screamin’, Radiator Springs Racers, Toy Story Midway Mania, Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, Tarzan’s Treehouse, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough.
7. Healthy Eating
Finally, a day at Disneyland isn’t complete without the delicious food. Tropical Imports in Adventureland offers fresh fruit and other healthy snacks. Also in Adventureland, the Bengal Barbeque has several great options, like the various meat and vegetable skewers. There are a wide variety of salads at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland. In Frontierland, the Rancho del Zocalo offers delicious Baked Fish Tacos. On Main Street, you can grab a pickle or pineapple spear from the Fresh Fruit Cart. Over in California Adventure, the Fajita Salad at Cocina Cucamonga and the Turkey Pesto Club at the Pacific Wharf Café both are personal favorites. And, of course, if you are looking for a quick snack on a warm day, you can never go wrong with a Frozen Banana or Dole Whip.
May your day be magical and productive!