Back from Disneyworld

This weekend I had the great pleasure of taking my 4 year old daughter, Daniella, to Disneyworld. You have to understand, I'm a huge Disney fan, but this trip was unique for was my first princess trip. Growing up in a family of boys, such things were foreign to me. But seeing her in her Cinderella dress taking pictures with her idols was truly something else.

One of the highlights of the trip was a new ride based on the Toy Story movies. The ride itself was fantastic! But of particular note on this posting was the line...a really long, long, long line. We snaked around the queue for about 75 minutes, 30 of which had me carrying my sleeping daughter. During the wait, I had a chance to observe hundreds of people and the relative misery they were in. For such a happy place, there sure were lots of weary-looking people: Shoes being kicked off and rubbed...bandaids being put on blisters...ibuprofen being popped like candy.

For such a trip, you'd do well to train. Train? Exercise? For a theme park? Absolutely! Most people do not do the amount of walking involved in one day at a theme park in an entire week! Does anyone randomly decide to start standing in place for 75 minutes to see what it feels like? No! Has anyone considered how far it is from Space Mountain to Splash Mountain? I can't tell you how often people come into the office and tell me about their terrible foot pain that has been present and ignored for 2 months and, by the way, they're going to Disneyland tomorrow and I must make them feel better.

So before the trip, start taking long walks as a family. Don't call it exercise. Start slow (breakfast pace), increase speeds slightly (catch the monorail pace), or full on race walking (need to be first in line pace) and you'll find that your days in the "Happiest Place on Earth" will indeed be happy.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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