TOTAL average – 8.2 miles walked / 18,456 steps per day at Disney World!
Despite days with drastically different plans, the daily numbers are remarkably similar. Steps consistently average in the 17,000-19,000 range.
Some days with a shorter itinerary are as brief as 6 miles and 15,000 steps while our longest day is nearly 11 miles and over 25,000 steps!
Single park days with an afternoon swim break tend to be closer to 7 miles while full park hopping days can be over 10.
Disney World Touring Strategy to Reduce Walking
With two kids in tow, we make every effort to avoid backtracking and to tour the parks as efficiently as possible. These numbers are quite representative of full day, efficient park touring plans. Of course, your miles will be less if you take a long afternoon break, or if your days are simply more leisurely with later beginnings and earlier ends. A full Disney day for us is around 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM with plenty of breaks to rest throughout so that’s what these numbers reflect.
I tackled the walking efficiency issue after early Disney trips with the kids. Back then, we would circle each park once, hitting all of our favorite attractions, and then would make an entire second loop to catch the rest of the rides that we missed the first time. Now, my goal is only one loop at each park to cut down on walking time. Even so, a day in a Disney park requires a lot of walking!
If you haven’t taken the kiddos to Disney World yet and these numbers make you stressed, not to worry! Our youngest typically has a three-mile daily hiking limit, but we seldom hear complaints about walking too much. Despite the long distances, the walking is constantly broken up by rest at attractions and meals. Of course, even if they mentally don’t realize they’re walking 8 miles in one day, their feet might tell them the truth so be sure the kids have proper footwear!
Miles and Steps by Disney Park
So, which Disney World park requires the most walking? Let’s break down the numbers by park to see how many steps and miles we averaged at each. Park hopping days are not figured into these averages. These are calculated from the steps and miles we walked on days where we only visited that park.
Animal Kingdom – 7.68 miles / 17,152 steps per day
Animal Kingdom is technically the largest of the four Walt Disney World theme parks, but a huge chunk of that acreage is consumed by safari land which is viewed while seated from a tour bus rather than walking. The walkable guest areas of Animal Kingdom aren’t any larger than most of the other parks.
The shorter mileage here is probably also a reflection of time spent in the park. There simply are not as many attractions at Animal Kingdom as, say, Epcot and Magic Kingdom, so even a full day isn’t as long. We can easily stay busy at those other two parks from rope drop to fireworks, but are done with Animal Kingdom by dinnertime if we arrived at park opening.
I’m sure my boys rack up more steps than me at Animal Kingdom since they run all over the Boneyard for nearly an hour every time!
Hollywood Studios – 7.7 miles / 17,462 steps per day
Hollywood Studios is often called a “half day park” and, indeed, we are usually done here by late afternoon. With its close proximity to Epcot, we typically visit hop over to festival booths on most Hollywood Studios days. Still, we average only one mile less at Hollywood Studios than at Magic Kingdom, which is our most walked park.
Even though Hollywood Studios currently seems small, it still requires a lot of walking! We also tend to criss-cross more at Hollywood Studios for that very reason. Its small size means I don’t pay as much attention to attraction location when creating our park touring plans because it’s never a big deal to walk a little further between attractions – none of them are that far apart!
Epcot – 8.1 miles / 18,382 steps per day
Despite having such a large guest area with the long loop around World Showcase in addition to Future World, Epcot is surprisingly not the park with that requires the most walking time. This is likely due to the layout of the park and the World Showcase loop around the lake which encourages a single, straight path around this portion of the park. Walking time can be wasted in Future World, hopping from the east to west sides without a clear plan, but the single loop that World Showcase provides is naturally efficient route.
Overall, Epcot requires a bare minimum of 1.7 miles – the distance to loop the entire park from the entrance, around World Showcase, and back. All the additional steps outside of that loop to meander around Future World and browse all the irresistible shops in World Showcase mean mileage adds up quickly at Epcot!
Magic Kingdom – 8.9 miles / 19,658 steps per day
Being the busiest park with a hectic central hub that we try to avoid during the day, our touring plans for Magic Kingdom strive to be efficient, starting in Adventureland and continuing to enjoy attractions in a clockwise direction or by starting in Tomorrowland and proceeding counter-clockwise. Obviously, with the longest average mileage of any park, we don’t always succeed in walking efficiency!
With so many attractions, we’re simply at Magic Kingdom the longest of any Disney park so the steps and miles continue to increase on long park days.
How Many Miles We Walked Each Day at Disney World
Here’s the raw data for all the averages mentioned in this blog. Again, these are only full Disney days, excluding arrival and departure days. These include some park hopping days that exempt from the park averages.
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So, next time you see a Disney packing list that includes “broken in shoes.” Take that advice seriously and be prepared to do a LOT of walking during your Walt Disney World vacation!
Do you track your steps at Disney World? What’s your average?