1. Wear Good Walking Shoes
You'll want to make sure you have comfortable shoes with you. You can find advice online about the best shoes for Disneyland or the best walking shoes for sore feet but unless you have time for breaking in shoes before your trip I suggest you don't bring new shoes (if you haven't "worn them in", they could give you blisters!). Bring something tried and true.
2. Moisture Wicking Socks
The best socks for walking are socks that are made for sports and for sweaty feet. Look for something that's moisture wicking. I had a mixture of moisture wicking and regular socks and I noticed a big difference on the day that I didn't wear moisture wicking socks! It can mean avoiding blisters- totally worthwhile!
3. Change your Footwear
If you're going to be heading back to the park several days in a row like we did, you might want to consider bringing a second pair of shoes or even sandals. I have found that just changing the shape of my shoes gives my feet a refresh! It gives them a break from rubbing in the same places. I wore flip flops one day after my feet had gotten particularly sore and it was nice to let my feet "breathe"! Switching shoes partway through the day is also a good idea.
4. Soak Sore Feet
When you head back to your hotel/resort/rental home at the end of the day, take some time to fill the tub and soak your feet! If nothing else, it certainly will soothe your tired, aching feet! If you have some on hand, you can add some epsom salt for foot pain relief.
5. Foot Rub
If your husband/partner/child/friend is up for it, a foot rub can do wonders for sore foot and leg muscles. I highly recommend a massage at the end of a long day- maybe you could take turns if you're both suffering!
If you've done all you can to avoid it, but you've ended up with a blister and you've got another day of theme park-ing ahead of you, put a band-aid over your blister to prevent rubbing! If you're still in the prevention/preparation stage, definitely pack a few band-aids into your backpack or purse to take with you to the park in case of need!
7. Mid-Day Break
When we went to Disney, we did not take it easy. We spent long, full days at the park with no breaks throughout the days. If I were going back, I might do that differently. I cannot tell you how excited I got when we could schedule a show into our day (because that meant I could sit down!). If you're staying near the park, consider taking a mid-day break- heading "home" for a little while to take a load off and then head back to the park refreshed and ready to go again!
8. Break Between Days
If your vacation schedule allows, I highly recommend scheduling some "down days" into your week(s). If you can spend a day lounging by the pool between theme park days, I think your feet will thank you!
9. No Pedicure
My mom and I made plans to get pedicures together for a special occasion and decided to schedule them shortly before my trip to Florida (where my toes would actually be showing). This may have been my downfall. As great as the pedicure was, I know that a pedicure can leave you without callouses (which is great.. unless you're going to be walking for hours on end for a week). I've seen recommended that you give yourself at least 2 weeks between your last pedicure and your trip to a theme park.
10. Take the Trains & Trams
When you arrive at Disney World, you can take a tram from your parking spot to the park entrance or you can walk. You can also take a train from one part of the park to another. If you're concerned about saving your feet and your plan for the day involves getting from one end of the park to another (or you're parked far from the entrance), be sure to take advantage of those transportation options!
If you're planning your trip to a theme park,
I hope these tips will help you to save your feet! :)
If you're planning a trip to Disney, you might be interested in some of my posts on the topic: