By Amanda of Mouze Kateerz.com.
One thing Walt Disney World and Disneyland have in common is a lot of walking. At Disneyland, expect to walk 4 to 5 miles a day. At Disney World, you can double that easily, from 8 to 12 miles a day. I think veterans of the Disney theme parks know to wear comfortable shoes, but many first time visitors, and there are a lot of you out there planning your first vacation right now, dress nice for the event rather than dressing for the battle. Battle? This is a vacation, right? Several days spent walking through Disneyland and Disney World become miles upon miles of battling through aching legs, sore feet, and possibly even blisters.
Here is today’s quick and easy tip to saving money in the Disney theme parks….
Wear the right shoes.
Disney is really not the place for a shoe closet fashion show. Unless you are in the park for a dinner date or a show, dressed in a pretty dress, there is no need to wear high heels, unless you normally walk five to ten miles a day in heels. Fashion models, you may be OK in your Christian Louboutin 6 inch heels.
This sounds like a joke, but it’s crazy to see the shoes people wear into the parks.
- Flop flops
- House shoes
- High heels
- New shoes
- Bedroom slippers
- Crocks with no socks
I’m not saying don’t wear flip flops, because even I do for short periods of time. Some people are quite used to walking in flip flops, and Crocks, but upwards of ten mile a day? If you can’t walk five to ten miles a day in the shoes you bring to wear in the parks, you could find yourself in the car (gas $) or a cab (fare $) finding the nearest local mall to purchase good walking shoes (Nike $).
Quick trip to the park and then back to the hotel for a rest? Flip flops will be fine, but new shoes, heels, or any type of shoe that can rub or cause a blister over a long day of walking is just asking trouble that can skyrocket the cost of your already expensive vacation.
Can your children comfortably walk upwards of five to ten miles a day in crocks with no socks, glittery princess shoes, or flip flops? Picture yourself in the car, driving in an unfamiliar city, looking for a mall when you could be riding a Doom Buggy in the Haunted Mansion, and you can visualize why you need to plan ahead.
Tennis shoes, or some type of athletic shoes worn with wicking socks, and carrying a couple bandaids just in case – these are the tools the Disney Warrior needs to survive the walking battle.
If you don’t have to buy new shoes because you planned ahead, what will you spend your money on? If nothing else, you should have money to buy the polish to do it yourself.