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    How bad is the walking

    Hi All,

    This is my first trip to WDW, and I was wondering if there are a lot of hills to walk up in the parks.

    Thanks!!!!
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    All of the Disney parks were really designed to cut down on walking, which is the reason for the Monorail, etc. But within the park itself, walking is the norm. Inside MK for instance, there is the WDRR or whatever its called, which lets you landjump, but I'm not sure if there's any similar arrangements within the others. No hills, but wear decent shoes.


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    The nice thing about Disney is that they leveled off most of the property.. the only "hill" you may encounter is crossing over a foot bridge... otherwise the layout is quite flat..

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    The only "hills" persay that I can think of are at Animal Kingdom that leads up to the Tree of Life. It is the only way to enter the attractions at AK and it is quite a walk, especially for those with difficulties. And there is a quite an incline leading up to the door to enter The Land pavillion in Epcot. Those are the only two that I can think of. Of course there are inclines to walk leading up to the monorails as well. Have fun and enjoy your first WDW trip! How exciting for you!

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    Thanks for the information, I tire easily and hills just kill me.
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    I'm going to be 42 and feel like a kid, I think I am looking forward to it more than my 13 yo son.
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    I have to agree with Melissa about the AK. We (having done our homework on how to beat the crowds) walk briskly to Kilamanjaro Safaris at park opening. The trek up that incline to Discovery Island about does me in. Of course, my husband is 6'4" and I am 4'11". I don't know if trying to keep up with him actually has anything to do with it or not.
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    I suppose one of the main hills would be....um.... [Insert Disney Admission Price Joke Here]


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatzie
    Thanks for the information, I tire easily and hills just kill me.
    I hope that this doesn't discourage you from going to AK, because that would be a terrible loss! Although the hill goes on for quite sometime....there are benches that you can take a break on as well as lots of places you can just stop an look at the scenery. On the way up that hill there are a lot of interesting animals and birds that are often missed by most of the visitors rushing to get to the rides and attractions. My advice would be to just take your time and rest as you need to. AK is not to be missed!

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    I really don't see how anyone can have difficulty with the hill, provided you are not a young child or elderly, or of course have a disability of some sort or another. Strollers and ECVs can black out both though.


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    I don't think I would even notice the hill if I weren't in a foot race to be first on Kilamanjaro Safaris. The hill isn't that steep unless you are taking it at a pretty good pace. If you are strolling it probably won't affect you.
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    Maybe we could make a thread dedicated to this hill? We could dub it 'Drop-Out Hill', write a running chant for it. Those who make it to the top could recieve a special merit award. Talk about how it's 'three miles up, three miles down'. We could discuss statistics, like 'Only 2% make it up alive'.


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    my opinion, hills are not a problem at all. however, i did read in one book that you can expect to walk an average of 8 miles duirng the day while visiting any of the parks.

    start walking around your neighborhood to get yourself prepared. also, bring along children or anyone else going with you. it's never too late to start.

    also, buy a new pair of sneakers, and wear them on your walks to break them in before going.

    good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disneydreamer98
    Of course there are inclines to walk leading up to the monorails as well. Have fun and enjoy your first WDW trip! How exciting for you!
    The incline leading to the monorail station at the MK is the one that gets me since it's the one we have to climb at the end of the day. The walkways to and from the ferry also have some slight hills, but nothing like the monorail station. Take the monorail to the park, then take the ferry back to the TTC. It's a gorgeous (and romantic!) sight looking back at the park at night anyway.

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    my legs still hurt from last saturday..

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