If walking the parks isn’t enough and you have an opportunity to sneak out, there are some decent running options in the Disney area. It does take a little research and planning, as some of the hotels inside and outside the Disney resort are on very busy roads and/or don’t have sidewalks. Working with New Balance, Disney has created and identified more than 16 miles of running/walking trails winding throughout Walt Disney World Resort. Allears.net is a great info resource for Disney in general and has a section on running. So here are some suggestions.
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Disney Resorts With Jogging PathsDisney Resort Running Guide Another 'Running at Disney Guide'
Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness has a 2.5 mile trail. There are some other trails in the area, such as the “Swamp Trail”. Parts are quite nicely shaded. MAP of Trail
Polynesian, Grand Flordian, (Seven Seas Lagoon), Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Old Key West. Most are 1–2 mile paths around the resorts or small lakes. The Seven Seas Lagoon is pleasant, approximately 1 mile each way, connecting the the Grand Floridian and Polynesian resports, passing Disney’s Wedding Pavilion. Good views of Magic Kingdom park.
Swan/Dolphin reports. The loop around Crescent Lake is 0.8 miles. The Hollywood Studios-Epcot connector path is also good.
Animal Kingdom Area: A 1-mile-long, paved jogging trail connects all 3 Resort hotels.
Caribbean Beach Resort. 1.2-mile promenade circles Barefoot Bay.
Disney Contemporary Resort. Circle Bay Lake Tower and the South Garden Wing on the 0.9-mile, paved jogging path
MAP of four route options in this area. A 1.2 mile paved path, called the “Epcot Connector”, runs between Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Epcot, passing the boardwalk and Swan and Dolphin resorts (where you can run around the lakes there). Epcot Connector MAP
Hotel Blvd./Downtown Disney Area
Many of the outside the Disney resort hotels are located on Hotel Plaza Blvd., just south of Rt. 535, and near the Disney Springs/Downtown Disney/Pleasure Island complex. It’s possible to run here along Hotel Plaza Blvd., staying left onto Buena Vista Dr. It’s 2.4 miles one way. It is also possible to run in the Disney Springs complex, with good paths/boardwalks, especially in the morning, before stores open. There’s also a Fit2Run running store there. It is possible to put together ~2 miles within the complex. Note: currently a lot of construction, parts closed off.Hotel Plaza Blvd. 2.4 mile one-way route map Downtown Disney 2-mile Route Map
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