When any Guest goes to Disney World, they can expect to see and do a handful of things.
There are amazing attractions to experience, characters to meet, shows to see, delicious foods to eat, and magical memories to be made. On top of that, there is typically 20,000 steps to be taken each day, piping hot sun depending when you visit, and in most cases, a full day of moving around. No matter what your size, Disney World is a workout. The attractions at the Park are all quite accommodating for Guests of all sizes, but the walking around does not get any easier.
One Disney Guest, Justin James, spoke with Inside the Magic about his weight loss journey and how it has made Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort a much more enjoyable experience. James lost over 200 pounds, and after comparing his two Disney vacations together, he could not believe the difference it made to his overall experience. Below is his story.
Hi, my name is Justin James from Parma, Ohio. I’m 35 years old. I’m married for five years and have a six-year-old boy. I like to tell my story about my weight loss and how it helps me at the parks at Disney Orlando, Florida. Let’s go back in time for a bit. My whole life, I have been a big guy. I never really thought I would be able to lose the weight. I went to Disney for my honeymoon in 2016, and I never sweated as much as I did in my life as I walked in the parks at Disney. My feet hurt so bad my back legs ext. I felt defeated. My weight was topping close to 400 lbs! I couldn’t carry my son through the parks like a daddy should b.c my weight was so bad. So NOW it was time to kick it in the butt, time to change for me. Time to change for my family. I was 394 lbs when I stepped on the scale.
I wanted to cry. I had severe leg pains and back pains and went to see a doctor; the doctor told me I had to lose weight. So from that day forward, I came home And threw out everything unhealthy in my house and started keto, working out, and using herbal life products. After a year, I lost over 200 lbs, all on just a strict diet and exercise. Now it’s time to go back to Disney wold. As I entered, I knew this would be a walk in the Park; it was so easier to get around. Less stopping and more go go. I didn’t sweat as I did before. My legs and body didn’t hurt as they did when I was 400 lbs. I was able to carry my son when he was tired, and it didn’t even hurt me as it did when I was 400lbs. I can make it faster to each ride a little quicker and more accessible, not worrying about not fitting in the seats! I felt better. I felt great. At Magic Kingdom, the Park was nothing to me this time.
This trip to Disney was the best trip I have taken to Disney b.c now I can enjoy the day and keep moving. Losing the weight and having the mentality to WANT to change was everything for me. There is only moving forward and being healthier from Here on out for me!
We are so glad to hear that Justin was able to change into this healthy lifestyle which has now allowed him to enjoy the parks with much more ease! As you can see in Justin’s before and after photos, he has definitely slimmed down a lot between both trips to Universal and Disney.
Do you have a story similar to Justin’s? Let us know in the comments below!