Leading up to the trip, I debated bringing my Garmin with me, just out of curiosity to see how many miles we'd be walking each day. I ended up deciding not to bother with it, but then, when Sam was here the week prior, he bought the latest version of the Apple watch and gave me his (not very) old watch - all I needed to do was to buy a new watchband, since he'd still be using his other band at times on the new watch. Well, that was quite the gift/deal for me, and pretty much the only way I'd end up with an Apple watch, so I took him up on his offer and ended up using the activity tracker - why not, right?
I put the Minnie Mouse watch face on for our days in Disney - so cute! She will speak the time to you if you tap the watch, which was pretty entertaining to me.
So this is why I know that for the six days we spent at Universal Studios and Disney World, I walked a grand total of 110,860 steps, which equates to 48.5 miles. That's not even counting our two travel days - this was just theme park walking. Holy moly, I knew we'd be walking a lot, but those numbers surprised me. And while I knew my feet would be tired, I figured I'd be OK, because I run and walk and am a reasonably active person.
HAHAHAHA! Can you tell it's been a long time since I've visited a theme park? I had no idea what I was in for, which is probably a good thing. What I didn't count on was the time spent on my feet - since we stayed at a Universal resort, we were able to get into the park an hour early, which meant that we were at park by 7:30 - 7:45 each morning...and the parks closed at 7:00 in the evening, so you can pretty much figure out that we were on the go for 12+ hours most days. Universal Parks also have a lot of stairs in their ride queues compared to Disney, so we weren't just walking, we were also climbing.
By day three, the bottoms of my feet were feeling pretty tender - but no blisters, thankfully - and that's with wearing super-cushioned Hoka shoes! We ended up making day four a shorter day, but even with that, I was still over 16,000 steps and 7 miles. Kind of too late, we realized that with a full week, we should have planned in a couple of lighter days, but who knew we'd actually walk that much? Now we know.
As sore and tired as we were at the end of each day, I have to say that in seeing so many people in wheelchairs and on scooters (especially at Disney), I'm glad we all were physically fit enough to walk on our own through the theme parks. I know for a fact that I could not have done this, to this degree, back when I was at my highest weight. I would have been a sweaty, miserable mess - and I would have also slowed down our group in walking to the rides (and let's not talk about not fitting into the seats, eek). While it's been quite a few years since I was that overweight, out-of-shape person, I'm still glad for the reminders of how much harder life was for me back then compared to now...and I'm very grateful that when we were planning for our trip, I didn't have to fret about making it through the day because of my limitations.