Just because you are on a Disney Cruise does not mean that you have to skip the gym. All of the Disney Cruise ships have a gym so that you can make sure that you get your daily work out even when you are sailing.
Let’s explore some of the ways that you can make sure that you keep to your fitness routine while you are sailing on a Disney Cruise. There are plenty of opportunities to work off some of those calories you may have consumed at the buffet!
This includes not just the Disney cruise fitness centers, but all the other opportunities to keep fit on a Disney Cruise.
Disney Cruise Gym
All of the Disney Cruise ships have a fitness center. On the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic, this is located on Deck 9 Forward. On the Disney Fantasy and Dream, the gym is on Deck 11 Forward.
On each of the Disney ships, the gym is part of the adult-only area of the ship and is right next to the spa.
The location of the gym on the Disney Wonder and Magic is a little better than the Dream and Fantasy. This is because on the Classic Ships the gym is right at the front, but on the Dream Class ships, it is to the side.
For me, it is always better to have a view out directly over the front of the ship rather than to the side.
The gym on the newer ships also feels just about the same size as the ones on the Magic and Wonder. I am not sure if this is an illusion, but the Fantasy and the Disney Dream gym just seem more cramped than the ones on the Magic and Wonder.
Whichever Disney ship you sail on you will find plenty of fitness equipment in the gym. You will find Treadmills, Bikes and Elliptical Machines.
There are also a number of weights machines and a small selection of free weights.
Who Can Use the Disney Cruise Fitness Center?
The Disney Cruise Gym is only available for use by those 18 years and older.
I do understand this rule, but it used to be rather annoying when my daughter who is a professional ballerina, was not allowed to work out in the gym. She is now an adult so this is no longer a problem, but there was no way an exception was going to be made, even for a professional athlete.
What Are the Disney Cruise Gym Opening Hours?
Always check your Disney Cruise Navigator to find out the exact opening hours of the fitness center. However, usually, the Disney Cruise Fitness Center is open from 6 am until 10 pm on all of the ships.
The Fitness Center will be closed on Disembarkation Day.
Disney Cruise Fitness Center Classes
If you want to take a fitness class on a Disney cruise there are plenty of options. Free classes include Pure Form Pilates, Pure Form Yoga, and Tour de Cycle Spin Classes.
There will be a list of the scheduled times of these classes in the gym. There is limited space available so you do have to sign up in advance.
The sign-up sheet for fitness classes usually goes out the afternoon before the class. Even if you don’t manage to get a place on the sign-up sheet it is often worth seeing if there is any space available, as sometimes there are no shows.
If you are an early bird you should try the Wake Up Stretch class. This is free and is usually held on the sport’s deck unless the weather is not ideal, in which case it will be held in the Fitness Center.
This is a great way to start the day. I have also found it is a great way to meet your fellow cruisers. It must be a bonding experience!
If you want something different why not try Body Sculpt Boot Camp? There is a fee for this fitness class but if you want to kick your fitness up a level this is a very motivating class. The charge is:
- 4 x 30 minute sessions: $119
- 2 x 30 minute sessions: $69
There is also an 18% gratuity charge added automatically.
There are also plenty of Fitness Seminars. These usually include such things as advice about losing weight and acupuncture seminars. They can be interesting to listen to, but just be aware that all of these seminars, although they are offered free, are given with an aim to sell you a fitness or spa service.
Disney Cruise Locker Rooms
The Disney cruise locker rooms are conveniently located in the Senses Spa area close to the gym on all of the ships.
There are plenty of lockers to store all of your things. The lockers can easily be securely locked with your own 4 digit code.
Inside the locker, you will find a robe and slip flops. The robes are nice, but the flip flops are not the best, so I usually bring my own if I am going to the Rainforest (see below).
Even if you aren’t going to the gym it can be a great idea to use the showers in the locker rooms. I often do this as there are free ELEMIS Productsin the changing room.
There is also a Sauna in each changing room. This is a really nice free option if you don’t want to get a Rainforest Room Pass.
Disney Cruise Rainforest Room
The Rainforest Room is definitely not a place you are going to get any exercise, but it is one of the most relaxing places on the ship.
As a reward for your workout, why not get a Day Pass to the Disney Cruise Rainforest Room? Located in the Senses Spa on all of the Disney ships, the Rainforest Room is the place to go if you want the ultimate in relaxation.
Relax on one of the heated stone lounge chairs, recharge in the steam rooms or indulge in an aromatherapy shower.
You can get either a Day Pass or a length of cruise pass. All passes are limited in number so if you want to visit the Rainforest make sure you stop by the Senses Spa desk as early on in your cruise as possible as the passes do sell out.
Admission to the Rainforest is also included with any Senses Spa Signature Treatment. If your muscles ache after a workout there is no better place to wind down than in the Rainforest Room.
You can get a length of cruise pass for the Rainforest for either a Single Person or a Couple. The second person can be anyone in your party and does not need to be your partner.
Single Pass for the Disney Cruise Rainforest:
3 Day Pass $69
4 Day Pass $101
5 Day Pass $114
7 Day Pass $144
Couples Pass for the Disney Cruise Rainforest:
3 Day Pass $102
4 Day Pass $144
5 Day Pass $169
7 Day Pass $193
An 18% gratuity will automatically be added to the Rainforest Room Pass cost. Therefore a 7-day Couples Pass will be $228 with the gratuity.
Disney Cruise Senses Juice Bar
The Disney Fantasy and Dream have Senses Juice Bar which is located between the gym and Senses Spa. This is one of the hidden gems of the Dream Class ships.
Senses Juice Bar is a great place to spend some time post-workout. Or just because you would like to enjoy some time with a healthy drink looking out through the large windows at the side of the ship.
The Juice Bar is one of the quieter places to relax on the Disney Fantasy and Dream. There are lots of options for a healthy juice or smoothie.
For example, Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice is available for $4,75. Or the X Press: Restore Harmony and Balance which is a blend of Strawberry, Avocado, Mint, Red Beets, Apple and Goji Berries is priced at $8.75.
If you want a Tropicale with Strawberry Mango and Orange this costs $5.75.
Each of the Disney ships has a jogging track on Deck 4 which is the promenade deck. On the Disney Wonder and Magic, the distance one circuit around the deck is 0.3 miles and on the Fantasy and Dream it is 0.4 miles.
The track is rarely busy and it is great that you can run or walk all the way around the deck.
Most of it is pretty wide, but there are narrow sections where you do have to be careful to watch for others. There is a specific direction which you are supposed to travel so make sure you follow the arrows which clearly show this.
This area is very well lit at night so you can even use this after dark.
For me, this is a much better way to get in some exercise than going on the treadmill. It is so peaceful being out in the fresh air and this seems to make the distance go that much more quickly.
You will also find Shuffle Board courts out on Deck 4.
Basketball Courts on a Disney Cruise
All of the Disney ships have a basketball court. This is located in the area known as the Wide World of Sports Deck.
On the Classic Ships, this is on Deck 10 Forward and on the Fantasy and Disney Dream, the basketball court is on Deck 13 Aft. You will also find table tennis tables and foosball tables.
On the Disney Dream and Fantasy, there is also a miniature golf course on Deck 13.
Disney Cruise Castaway Cay 5K
If you want a challenge and you are sailing on a cruise which has a port stop at Disney’s Private Island, why not sign up for the Castaway Cay 5K?
The 5K has become one of the most popular Castaway Cay activities. It is open to anyone over the age of 10 who wants to either run or walk the 5K course which takes you on a 3.1-mile course around the island.
Guests younger than 10 can also participate but they will not be eligible to receive the medal for completing the course.
You can sign up for the Castaway Cay 5K either online prior to your cruise, or at Guest Services when you are on board.
If you sign up, you will be given a designated meeting place on the ship. You will then disembark the ship together as a group and be taken to the 5K starting line.
The Disney Cruise Castaway Cay 5K is a lot of fun and includes people with all levels of fitness. It gives you a great sense of achievement and you will also get a special medal if you cross the finish line. The designs of the medals change a couple of times a year so you can keep collecting different ones.
Fitness on a Disney Cruise
There is no excuse not to keep up your fitness program on a Disney cruise, or even to start one. There are plenty of opportunities to burn off some of the extra calories that you will have consumed in the buffet!
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Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.