A single pair of shoes is capable of changing a girl’s life, or at least that’s what Cinderella would tell you. The same could also be said of a pair of shoes and your Disney vacation. With over 47 square miles to cover at Walt Disney World, you can bet there will be a lot of walking! Chose the wrong shoe and your feet will start to feel every single step after your first day in the parks. Choosing the right pair of shoes for your vacation is essential to ensuring you will have a magical time at Walt Disney World.
What Not To Wear
Before we get to which shoes to wear, it’s important to know which shoes not to wear to the Disney parks. I love flip flops; I wear them all the time. In fact, I’ve even been known to wear them in the winter sometimes. As much as I love flip flops, there is one place you will absolutely never see me wearing them: Walt Disney World. While flip flops are comfortable, they are not made for walking miles everyday in the theme parks. Even if you have the most comfortable and supportive flip flops, it’s likely you would end up with several blisters after just one day in the parks.
On a typical day in the parks, you’ll likely take plenty of pictures – pictures on attractions, pictures with your favorite characters, and pictures in front of park icons. Of course, you’ll want to look your best for these keepsake photographs. You might wear your favorite Disney shirt or even dress up in your best Disney bounding outfit. Perhaps you’ve even got some awesome Disney themed shoes such as the Haunted Mansion shoes in the photo below. While it can be very tempting to select your shoes solely based on your outfit, it’s important to remember to choose shoes which will support your feet. I recommend not wearing shoes such as heels, believe it or not heels can sometimes be found on Walt Disney World guests in the parks. I also recommend not wearing shoes with little to no support on the insoles. These types of shoes will not keep your feet from hurting after all that walking.
The Best Shoes
Now that you know which shoes no to wear, let’s get to the good stuff: the best shoes to wear in the parks! To give you an idea of just how much walking is involved in a day at the parks, the distance around Epcot’s World Showcase is a little over one mile. Epcot is over twice the size of the Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I’ve heard several people refer to Epcot as Every Person Comes Out Tired; as you can see this acronym isn’t an exaggeration. With one attraction, Kilimanjaro Safaris, large enough to house the entire Magic Kingdom, Disney Animal Kingdom is the largest park at Walt Disney World. As you can imagine, there’s a ton of walking involved in a Disney vacation!
I am a firm believer in wearing tennis shoes to Walt Disney World. Tennis shoes are essential for walking around the parks. Tennis shoes are comfortable and provide good arch support for your feet. These shoes are made for walking and will help prevent blisters. Since they’re tied on, tennis shoes won’t fall off the way flip flops or other shoes may during a brisk walk or thrilling attraction. Tennis shoes are the perfect theme park shoe!
I’ve heard other shoes such as Crocs are great for visiting Walt Disney World; however, I don’t have any experience with these types of shoes. One benefit to wearing Crocs rather than tennis shoes is their ability to dry quickly after attractions such as Kali River Rapids or Splash Mountain.
In preparation for this post, I ran the poll below on Twitter. Tennis shoes were the clear winner. I was surprised to see the number of votes for flip flops; it seems my favorite shoes actually do work out well for quite a few people at the Disney parks!
Which type of shoe do you wear to the #Disney parks?
— Main St. Insider (@MainSt_Insider) April 13, 2016
Do you have a favorite type of shoes to wear to the parks at Walt Disney World? Let us know which shoes you recommend in the comments below, and be sure to check out the other tips for dressing for Disney in the Blogorail Loop below.
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Blogorail Peach | Dressing for the Parks
- 1st Stop – My Pixie Dust Diary | What to Wear When It’s Cool in the Parks
- 2nd Stop – Main St. Insider | Best Shoes
- 3rd Stop – Saving Up for Disney | Best Disney Outfits for Kids
- 4th Stop – Disney Mamas | Dressing for the Parks – Matching without Matching