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Everyone wants to know about the best shoes to wear to Disney World — and they should — but they often forget that the right socks are also very important.
After reading this post, you’ll know what to look for in a sock, why you might want to avoid socks altogether, plus several specific pairs of socks that will keep your feet happy after hours of walking around the Disney parks.
4 Tips for Wearing Socks at Disney World
Before we get to specific sock recommendations, here are some general things to keep in mind.
Consider Skipping socks entirely.
For the last several years I’ve worn sandals, sans socks, to Disney World, and I honestly think that makes the whole thing easier. It’s one less thing to pack, and you don’t have to worry about soggy socks, washing and drying your socks, bringing extra socks, and so on.
If you want to consider the sock-less route, here are some great shoes to try:
Stay away from cotton socks.
Here’s a quick lesson on why you never want to wear cotton socks to Disney World:
- Your feet are almost certain to get wet — if not from rain or Splash Mountain, then from sweat.
- Cotton socks stay wet for roughly forever.
- When cotton socks get wet, they also get heavy.
- Heavy, wet socks rubbing against your feet for hours is a sure recipe for blisters.
Be careful with no-show socks.
Avoid those cute little socks that barely come up to your ankle. There’s too much risk of them sliding around and/or leaving an uncovered spot on your heel that will rub against your shoe.
Now having said that, you’ll notice that several of the socks recommended below are no-show. That’s a little different because they have special tabs to protect your heels and are designed not to slip.
So some no-show socks work well, but in general, be aware of their potential problems.
Bring extra socks.
Always pack an extra pair of socks (or two) in your Disney park bag so you can switch them out
if when they get wet.
Don’t forget the Body Glide.
This stuff is great. I rub it all over my feet every morning before we leave for the parks. (It’s like stick deodorant.) You can also use it on your thighs, arms, neck, whatever.
I’ve only used the original, but they make one specifically for feet as well.
The Best Socks for Disney World
I asked around, did some research, and found several pairs of socks that will keep your feet dry protected during all that walking around the parks.
Drymax Low Cut Running Socks for Men and Women
These socks claim to be super breathable due to something called “DRYMAX technology,” which features dual-layer, moisture wicking knit fabric designed to move the moisture away from your feet and into an outer layer where it can evaporate.
Amazon reviewer hawaii says the become a Drymax “convert” after running a 100 mile race in them:
… this was the best equipment decision I made. The course was wet with ankle deep mud, it was hot and humid, super technical, and I had no moisture related issues with my feet. Zero. These things are magic. I did a few sock changes just for some fresh ones. When I sat down and saw other people feet who were wrinkled, wet, and blistered, I felt sort of guilty looking at my feet which were dry and in excellent shape! When it matters, definitely go for DryMax socks 100%. I was a skeptic, but now I’m converted.
Thorlos Low Cut Running Socks
Thorlos socks claim to have a special padding that’s clinically shown to reduce blisters, moisture, pain, and pressure.
I noticed that several of the positive reviews were from people who had arthritis, high arches, or problems with the balls of their feet. So if you have an “unusually difficult foot” for whatever reason, this might be the pair of socks to try first.
Amazon reviewer Bruno Medina said he and his wife felt a huge difference after they switched to Thorlos:
… perfect fit, incredible comfort and great absorbing all the sweat from my feet. Far more than what I expected, I’ll recommend these socks to anyone.
I’m 66 y.o. and my wife is 67 y.o., we walk about 3 miles a day and waring these socks with our sneakers have made all the difference in the world to us. We use to have a lot of burning under and behind our feet before we try Thorlos socks, now with Thorns Socks the burning is gone and we are back enjoying our walk.
Balega Hidden Contour Socks for Men and Women
This socks come in 9 different color designs. (including pink!) They have a seamless toe closure, a heel tab helps prevent the sock from slipping, and mesh construction for ventilation.
Amazon reviewer E. Thierauf says these socks are totally worth the extra expense:
These socks may be expensive compared to others, but they are sooooo worth it! Support, padding, no slipping – still breathable. My husband even said he can’t go back to regular socks now. Bought some for the whole family prior to Disney World trip, ensuring we all had good foot care while walking 10-12 miles/day. They did make a difference in conjunction with good shoes.
Injinji Lightweight No-Show Toe Socks
If you hate having moisture build up in-between your toes, check out “toe socks.” They fit your toes in the same way that a glove fits your fingers.
Amazon reviewer T. Candace Lillis explains why she loves Injinji toe socks:
… I am a woman and typically wear a 7.5 in athletic shoes. I wear a size small in these. I prefer the fit and feel of the mens version of this sock versus the womens version. They feel sturdier and the toes don’t seem as long (I have short toes so this is an issue). I have tried less expensive versions of athletic toe socks but keep returning to these. The first two pair seemed expensive, but they are wearing so well and feel so good that I would rather pay the price for the superior quality and fit.
If you have never worn separate toe socks-they are wonderful!
I am not an athlete. I live in Florida and walk 3 miles a day 6 days a week … I purchased these to help keep my toes separated-which they do. They also keep my toes from getting all sweaty in the heat and humidity so that my feet feel dry and comfortable for all three miles.
Yes, it does take a few extra seconds to get the socks on properly-but once they are on no additional adjusting is needed. The heels don’t slip down, there is no uncomfortable seam at the toes that needs to be moved a mile into a walk or run-they do not twist or bunch …
Smartwool Light Micro Socks
I wasn’t going to include SmartWool socks at first, because when I think “wool,” I think “warm.”
And I didn’t think that many people were concerned with keeping their feet warm at Disney World.
However, it turns out that these shoes are only 57% Merino Wool, with 40% Nylon and 3% Elastane. The fabric is not only moisture-wicking, and odor-neutralizing, but also thermoregulating — which means it keeps you warm when it’s cold, and and keeps you cool when it’s warm.
Reviewers just raved about these socks — there are over 1,190 5-star ratings on Amazon.
Amazon reviewer DKH says these socks are perfect for all kinds of weather:
I wear these 100% merino wool socks all year, every day … They keep me warm in the winter and breathe in the summer. They are not bulky. When walking, they don’t slip into my shoes. They don’t itch. My feet are kept the perfect temperature and do not feel clammy from sweat. They are very much worth the price compared to the performance of other socks I’ve tried … P.S. I hang them to dry rather than use the dryer.
Feetures Elite Light Cushion Socks
These socks come in black, white, and grey. They are lightly cushioned and boast a custom-like fit, a special tab in the back to protect your heel, and a seamless toe for less irritation.
Reviewers liked how these socks had cushioning but weren’t “squishy.” Also, despite being no-show socks, reviewers said that they never slip.
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Why pack a cooler for your day at the Disney parks?
- You can save a ton of money
- You can save time and not have to worry about adjusting your schedule to reservations
- You can better accommodate your family’s dietary preferences
Packing a cooler doesn’t mean that you don’t get to enjoy Disney treats. Some people like to pack their own meals, then splurge on Disney snacks. Others like to pack just their lunch and use the money they saved for dinner at nice table service dinner.
After reading this post, you’ll know what coolers are allowed at Disney World, how to get a locker to store your cooler, what kinds of food to pack, and where to enjoy your picnic at the parks.
What Size Cooler Can I Bring into Disney World?
Coolers can not be any bigger than 24 x 15 x 18 inches.
The coolers below all meet these size requirement and have received excellent reviews:
Be sure to read my post on the best soft coolers and backpacks for Disney World.
In addition to there being a size limit for coolers, there’s also a rule against bringing wagons inside the parks, so you can’t use one to haul your cooler around in.
However, if you have kids young enough to need a stroller, that can be a good way to transport your cooler.
You can also rent a locker to store your cooler in.
How Much is it to Rent a Locker at Disney World?
Each Disney theme park and water park has keyless lockers for a one-time charge. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Locker Pricing at Disney Theme Parks
- Small (12″ x 10″ x 17″)
$10 per day
- Large (15.5″ x 13″ x 17″)
$12 per day
- Jumbo (17″ x 22″ x 26″ — Magic Kingdom park and Epcot only)
$15 per day
Locker Pricing at Disney Water Parks
- Standard (12.5″ x 10″ x 17″)
$10 per day
- Large (15.5″ x 13″ x 17″)
$15 per day
You can visit this site for more information on renting lockers at Disney World.
What Should I Pack for Lunch in My Cooler?
Here are just a few ideas to get you going:
- Carrots & hummus
- Ham or turkey & cheese sandwiches
- Tuna, chicken, or egg salad sandwiches
- Peanut butter & something sandwiches (jelly, raisins, honey, etc)
- Cheese & crackers
- Granola bars
- Apple slices
- Grapes, bananas, oranges, etc
- Cucumber slices
- String cheese
- Fruit snacks
- Bagels & cream cheese
- Beef jerky
- Juice boxes, water bottles, and/or soda
Tips for Packing a Disney World Cooler
- Assemble your sandwiches when you’re ready to eat so they don’t get soggy
- Bring sandwich bread in boxes so it won’t get smashed
- In the morning, fill plastic bags with ice from your hotel and place them in your cooler (loose or dry ice is not allowed)
- Another option is to just buy these thin ice packs
- A third option is to freeze a few water bottles, then put them in the cooler. They’ll serve double-duty as ice packs and a nice cold drink
- Use mayo and mustard packs from quick service restaurants in the parks (I think that’s probably ethical, so long as you’re not grabbing handfuls of them)
- Seal your food in gallon sized ziploc bags, just in case your ice bags leak
- Don’t forget to pack plenty of utensils, wet wipes, and napkins
- Plastic straws are not allowed in Animal Kingdom, so if straws are important to you, you might want to get these reusable metal straws
Can you bring outside drinks into Disney World?
Sure, as long as they:
Can I bring metal water bottles into Disney World?
Yes, water bottles are fine as long they’re not glass.
Can you bring a hydro flask into Disney?
Yes, those are fine too.
Can you refill water bottles at Disney World?
Did you that there were water bottle refilling stations at all four parks? Because I didn’t until I started writing this post.
According to Touring Plans, here are the locations for the refilling stations at each park:
- Magic Kingdom — Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
- Epcot — Skyliner station, restrooms next to pop-up Starbucks, Odyssey building across from restrooms
- Animal Kingdom — Flight of Passage queue and Na’vi River Journey queue (and no, you can’t use them unless you’re in the queue)
- Hollywood Studios — near the exit to Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run and near the restrooms at Galaxy’s Edge
You can also ask for a cup of water at most quick service restaurants.
(Side Note: I really hate to have to bring this up, but there has been some talk about people licking the water fountains and bottle refillers, so … well, just wanted to make you aware.)
Places to Enjoy a Picnic Lunch at the Disney Parks
Now that you’ve got some food in your cooler, where do you sit down and eat it?
Here are just a few possible spots:
- Grass hub in Magic Kingdom
The artificial grass area right in front of the Cinderella Castle is a great place for a picnic, especially if you enjoy people watching.
- Flame Tree BBQ
One of the reasons I love Flame Tree BBQ in Animal Kingdom is because of its pretty outdoor seating which, amazingly, is almost never full.
- Tom Sawyer’s Island
Located in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland, I think this is one of the most forgotten attractions at Disney World. Take a raft and escape the “theme park feel” while your kids get to run around and explore before or after your picnic.
- Africa entrance
There is a little seating area in Animal Kingdom just to the right as you enter Africa. Not only are there misting fans here, but you can also hear the African dancers perform.
- Japan and UK Pavilions
Both the Japan & UK Pavilions in Epcot have garden areas with some benches, perfect for relaxing with a picnic lunch.
- Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner
Located in Hollywood Studios at the end of Hollywood Boulevard, this is another quick service restaurant that almost always has available seating. You have a nice view of the water here, which is always a plus in my book.
Have you ever brought a cooler to Disney World?
Now it’s your turn.
- Do you have any food suggestions I haven’t mentioned?
- What are your favorite spots for a picnic lunch at Disney World?
- Are there any cooler-packing mistakes to avoid?
Let us know below in the comments!
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If you’re a fan of Disney World trivia like I am, you might be curious what the longest ride in all of Disney World is.
After reading this post, you’ll know both the longest ride and the longest attraction, as well as a few runners-up.
All ride and attraction length times are from WDW Info.
What is the Longest Ride in Disney World?
Drum roll, please ….
It’s Carousel of Progress in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, clocking in at 20 minutes and 45 seconds.
“Wait!” you may be calling out in protest. “That’s not even a ride! All you do is sit there and watch a show!”
True, but you do move in a rotating theater, so we will call it a ride, albeit a very slow one. (And don’t let the word “rotating” scare you. The chances of getting motion sick on Carousel of Progress are pretty much non-existent.)
Carousel Progress is a four-act audio-animatronic stage show (within a revolving theater) illustrating how electricity technology made a positive impact on the life of an animatronic family during the 20th century.
- Act One — Valentine’s Day in 1900
- Act Two — The 4th of July in the mid-late 1920’s
- Act Three — Halloween in the late 1940s
- Act Four — A “Contemporary” Christmas (which, in reality, is around the early 1990’s)
According to Wiki, the Carousel of Progress was originally created to be the prime feature of General Electric (GE) pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.
In 1967 it was moved to Disneyland in Anaheim, California until it closed in 1973.
In 1975 it re-opened in Magic Kingdom.
attraction’s ride’s theme song, “It’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” was written by the Sherman Brothers, who you might remember from the great (although wildly inaccurate) movie “Saving Mr. Banks.” The Sherman Brothers wrote all the music to Mary Poppins, including “Feed the Birds,” which was supposedly Walt Disney’s very favorite song.
Carousel of Progress Theme Song
And speaking of Walt’s favorites, Carousel of Progress was believed to be his favorite attraction. It’s also the oldest attraction at Walt Disney World to have been touched by Walt Disney.
According to Disney Lists, thee are four hidden Mickeys in the final Christmas scene:
- A Mickey nutcracker on the mantel over the fireplace.
- A white Mickey peppermill in the kitchen
- A painting on the dining room wall that looks like Mickey
- A [not so hidden] plush Mickey within the presents
(Full Disclosure: I have actually never been on this ride. The first 2-3 times we went to Disney World, we didn’t even know it existed (and honestly, the rest of my family still probably doesn’t.) In general — especially for my husband Rob — we tend to be an “action ride” type of family, not a “sit still for a long time and slowly rotate ride” type of family.)
The Second-Longest Ride in Disney World
If you’re curious what the second-longest ride is (or if you just don’t buy my argument that Carousel of Progress is actually a ride and therefore don’t accept it counts as the real answer) ….
It’s Walt Disney Railroad, clocking in at 20 minutes.
The railroad is in Magic Kingdom and opened on Disney World’s opening day of October 1, 1971
Now what’s interesting about this ride (and why some of you may argue that it doesn’t count, either) is that most people probably don’t ride it for the full 20 minutes.
We certainly haven’t. We only ride it as an alternative way from getting from Main Street to either Frontierland or Fantasyland, and then hop off.
But if you stay on the train for the entire round trip, then yes, it will take 20 minutes.
Disney World’s Third Longest Ride
Okay, so if you’re still not convinced that either Carousel of Progress or WDW Railroad count (or if you just enjoy playing this game), then the third longest ride at Disney World is Kilimanjaro Safari in Animal Kingdom, which clocks in at 18 minutes and 30 seconds.
I remember years and years ago, when we were about to ride Kilimanjaro Safari for the first time, Rob an I were both a little confused — were these actual animals, or were they audio-animatronic, a la Jungle Cruise?
Well, I’m sure you already know this by now, but yes, they are actual animals. According to Wiki, it’s 800 square miles (2,100 km2) of natural terrain, where you’ll see elephants, giraffes, antelopes, springboks, crocodiles, mandrills, hippopotamuses, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, african wild dogs, warthogs, ostriches, rhinoceroses, storks, , flamingos, wildebeests, okapis and zebras.
The Longest Attraction in Disney World
Okay, now let’s talk about attraction that don’t pretend to be rides in any way and where they is no movement, slow or otherwise.
The longest single attraction is American Adventure, clocking in at 28 minutes 30 seconds
Full Disclosure again: We have never been on this attraction either. (Are you sensing a theme here?)
Located in the World Showcase in Epcot, American Adventure is an Audio-Animatronics stage show of American history, narrated by figures of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain.
The Voices of Liberty, an eight-member a cappella singing group, performs patriotic songs in the pavilion rotunda throughout the day, often as a pre-show to the next scheduled performance of the main presentation.
Voices of Liberty
According to Wiki, Epcot recently announced that they will be adding a new exhibit to the attraction called “THE SOUL OF JAZZ: An American Adventure,” based on the Pixar film Soul.
What is the Second Longest Attraction in Disney World?
The second longest attraction is the Hall of Presidents, clocking in at 21 minutes 35 seconds.
(Umm … guess what? Yeah, we’ve never see this one either. Clearly we are a family with short attention spans who have little desire to sit still and be educated during our Disney vacations.)
However, I have heard others say (no joke) that this is a great attraction for either:
- Taking a nap; or
- Nursing a baby
The Hall of Presidents is located in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square, and, like WDW Railroad, has been around since opening day on October 1, 1971.
It features a features a short film that gives historical accounts of several American presidencies, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. After the film, there is a stage presentation of all the presidents in Audio-Animatronic form.
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