Running Around Disneyland

Hello! I’m still in Anaheim for the IDEA World Fitness Conference and Blogfest. I thought this would be the perfect time to share where to run around Disneyland. I live in Orange County and get a lot of emails from readers looking for good running routes near Disney. Luckily we are staying right by the parks!

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That rollercoaster in the distance is in California Adventure Park! It’s closer than it appears.

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I have a little bad news though, this is not a great area to run. There isn’t a path or park super close so if you don’t have a car you’ll be running along city/suburb streets with a lot of lights.

The good news is, it’s pretty safe and touristy around the parks so there are sidewalks and people around.

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Friday morning I woke up early to run 12 miles. I just stayed in this same area a few weeks ago and already took a long walk in the direction toward Downtown Disney. That was about 1.5 miles away.

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So, today I went in the other direction. I ran on Harbor Blvd. south. I wanted to go all the way south on Harbor, right on Edinger and make it to Mile Square Park.

But that was farther than I realized and I had to turn back before I hit the park.

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Note: There are no water fountains along the way. I stopped at a McDonald’s to refill.

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The route is just boring, not fancy suburbs. A lot of stop lights.

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Near Disney it’s a little nicer obviously.

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I ran out 6 miles (up Harbor and R. on Edinger) and turned back. So, I’m guessing the park is about 7 miles away. Then, you could go around it for another 4 miles. There are water fountains and bathrooms, but it’s a big park so you’re on your own to find ‘em.

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If you have a rental car I would suggest driving to Huntington Beach to run as option #1. Option 2 for running around Disney is driving to a park.

When I got back to the room I made a quick breakfast of yogurt and granola from the IDEA World expo and raspberries from home.

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And I made iced coffee with some packets I brought, hotel ice and my Big Gulp cup. x 2.

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Then, it was back to the IDEA World conference for more fitness fun!

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See ya later!

Question: How do you find running routes when you travel?

Comments

  1. says

    I have to confess that when I travel I tend to take the less adventurous option and mostly run on the hotel treadmill. I have used Google to find good parks to run at before and I think there are some forums on Runner’s World with tips for good running routes from locals. Enjoy the rest of the conference!

    • says

      Yes, I have packets and just mixed it up with the straw, ice and creamer from the coffee station in the room. Then, I put the top back on and stir it up until mixed.

  2. says

    Depending on where I travel sometimes I just suck it up on the treadmill. I won’t run in darkness in a place I’ve never been before. I had to in Vegas a couple weeks ago..It was just too hot outside during daylight to get 13 miles in.

    At Disney World. I’ll pick a resort and pick up a running path guide from the front desk.

    At Disneyland well I run through the parks..mainly because I go for race weekends and that’s the course. If I needed to do my own miles at Disneyland I’d made a big loop starting at my typical hotel (The HoJo) down Harbor to the Disneyland hotel, through DTD, and back through the park entrance area.

    • says

      Yeah, it’s a lot better around Disney World, but the last time I went we stayed at Grand FL and there was a lot of areas that didn’t have sidewalks.

      Vegas is crazy hot right now.

  3. says

    Thanks for posting this, it’s just in time! I have to do about half this distance tomorrow morning, so I’ll stick to the area around the parks…

  4. Alex says

    I travel to a different city every week for my job so I’m always having to find new routes – it certainly keeps running interesting! I use the Nike+ website as you can plot out a run on there and they use Google Maps to do it so you can go into street view and check out if a road has pavements or not. Failing that I just try and find a river or canal to run along!

  5. says

    I am nervous about venturing too far on my own in the unfamiliar. I did a 12 miler at my sister’s house while staying within a 3 mile radius–did every side street, one driveway (oops)…I get such a bad case of “runner’s brain” on long runs that I take wrong turns all the time…

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