Disneyland (in Anaheim) can be alot of fun, but if you are trying to focus on a fitness or weight loss goal, it can be tough, but not impossible.
The first step is planning ahead. You may want to pack a few protein/fiber bars in a camera bag to conquer cravings in a good way. Otherwise, you will fall to the temptation of the Churro as it calls your name.
As you arrive, you will notice that there are plenty of trams to get you to the park. If you are physically able (or don’t have a family to herd along), you may want to forgo the trams and walk to the front of the park. We park in the Mickey and Friends Parking structure, and if you walk from the tram waiting area to the front of the Disneyland Park it is one half mile, so if you make the effort, you’ll already have a mile walk in your day. Besides, waiting in a long line for a tram is no fun, right?
Once you enter that park, think of it as a fun gym. There are plenty of places to get in a fun workout, if you know where to look.
You may want to treat the two parks (Disneyland and California Adventure) as a fun track. Before you eat in a particular park, you may want to walk around the park once or twice. There is always something to see.
Tarzan’s Treehouse is a great, fun way to get in a step workout and follow the story of Tarzan. Since most people are in line for other rides, you will have very little trouble using this attraction for your health. If you are very daring, do it twice during your Disneyland visit.
Many rides and attractions have stairs, so as you take the steps, take one step, then if you can take two to keep it random). Always keep a hand on the rail, don’t go too fast and be careful.
Innoventions has a sloped entry walkway which adds a bit of intensity to your walking, as well.
Drink lots of water at the park. Whether you bring it, buy it in the park or use the fountains, water is good for health and can help you stay full in between meals.
Before you have a meal take a look at Disneyland menus online and plan out where you will eat certain meals and choose healthy choices. Most places to eat have salads, so choose accordingly.
If you forgot to bring a protein bar(s) to the park, and find yourself famished and wandering toward the sugary sweet snack, stop yourself and look for a fruit cart. They normally have apples, which have pectin (which quenches your hunger) and fiber (which keep you fuller longer).
Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, but it can also be the healthiest place on earth if you plan ahead and make healthy uses of the park. Have fun!