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Planning a relaxing trip with minimal walking

by Noelle
(Vancouver, Canada )

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“Hi Dad. I’ve been following your blog for quite some time and love all the information you provide. We are a family of four with a six year old and a two year old. We are planning our next trip to Walt Disney World in March. It’s our third time there. This trip is going to be a big trip, planning 10 days and 11 nights .

We enjoy vacationing on a slower pace, not necessarily finishing everything in the parks. We stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge last time and it’s really fun. The buses were great. However, we only managed the Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Fantasyland, and Magic Kingdom. I have bad knees and my husband has a poor back.

We can’t do long walks. Two young kids do not help with the situation. By incorporating some rest stays, hopefully we won’t get tired out and we will be able to visit all four parks this time. We’d also like to take a trip to Legoland. I can’t seem to decide on which resort to stay with. We have narrowed it down to Bay Lake Tower, the new Copper Creek, or the BoardWalk. Which resort has the shortest walking distance to transportation, and what tips do you have for us? Thank you for reading this.”

Bay Lake Tower might be a good choice for a relaxing trip to Walt Disney World

Bay Lake Tower is beautiful – Photo by Mike Billick

Okay, Noel. I can really, really relate to this. I have knee, leg issues. I’ve got two artificial knees, just had an artificial hip this summer. I got back problems. Mrs. Mom has knee problems. This is just right down our alley.

First thing I did was I checked with my buddies, because I haven’t been to all of those hotels. Have I? No, I haven’t been to all of them, but I’ve been to some of them. So, I had our buddies at Destinations Travel. I asked them to answer the question for us. They do a great job. They know Disney World almost as well as Dad does, so I asked them, and Stephanie Walsh sent this answer.

Dad’s Destinations to Travel Page

Stephanie says, “Understanding there is so much to do at Walt Disney World and keeping it real that you may not get everything done is a wonderful perspective to have going on a vacation. Taking things at a comfortable pace for your family makes things less stressful. Hopefully, with this extended vacation, you will be able to visit all four parks, and your days to rest and explore the amenities of your resort and to rejuvenate you for the upcoming days.

In my opinion, deciding on which resort comes down to where you think you will be spending most of your time. If it’s in the Magic Kingdom, your Tower is your target. You can’t go wrong with Bay Lake Tower. It has easy access to the monorail. But if you’re planning on spending a lot of time in EPCOT or Hollywood Studios, I suggest the Disney BoardWalk Inn, because it’s centrally located between the two parks, and has a short boat ride to either.

Dad’s Disney Hotels page

“Copper Creek would offer a longer boat ride to the Magic Kingdom, and there’s some extended walking to get to the boat transportation,” and I’ll add, the bus transportation, “and with bad knees and a poor back, a lot of walking may not be the best option. Have you considered,” and this is something I would say too, “have you considered a scooter rental for you and your husband to share? When knees and backs start causing problems, you can utilize the scooter to give your body reprieve for a little while. I think you’re on the track for magical, slow rest days, slow-paced days and realistic goals.”

I agree with the scooter thing. Mrs. Mom and I are going in October and November, and for the first time, I think we’re going to end up renting the scooter every day because my problems with my hip … she’s doing good, but we both are to the point where we have mobility problems. Renting the scooter is really a good idea.

I really like the slow it down plan. In fact, that’s one of the things that you’ll find right here in my book. There’s a whole section called, “Stop and Smell the Roses,” and it’s about slowing down. Here’s one, right from the front of it. “It’s real easy to be caught up in the hustle and bustle of Walt Disney World. Almost every website, almost every Disney guru, almost everyone that talks about Walt Disney World says the same thing. Hurry, hurry, hurry. You’re going to miss something. Hurry, hurry, hurry.”

I say that’s just not the best way to do things. In fact, and this is right there in the book, I say, “Go listen to Mac Davis.”

“You gotta to stop and smell the roses.”

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

Okay, so Mac says to, “Stop and smell the roses,” and I agree with Mac. Slow down. It’s a great idea. Slow down and enjoy. 10 or 11, 10 days at Disney World should be plenty of time to see everything. Go enjoy, take your time, relax. You can even get a trip to Legoland in.


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