While preparing for 3 days of chasing the kids around the Walt Disney Wold parks in Florida recently, I thought I had a rather revolutionary idea: ditch the running shoes and wear Crocs clogs at Disney World.
How did it work out? Better than expected for me. OK for my 6 year old.
The idea of wearing Crocs at an amusement park seemed logical to me, as I wear my 2 models of Crocs almost exclusively and find them to be exceedingly comfortable, even when on my feet all day. I usually wear my Crocs Beach clogs around the house in the winter. You would be surprised at how well they keep my feet warm without causing issues with sweaty, stinky feet. My “outdoor” Crocs are the original Prepair clog model, with a more durable version of the Croslite material on the soles. I’ve worn both types of Crocs extensively when boating and kayaking, and love them for water activities. I even wore the Prepair clogs for 5 days in the woods at my son’s Webelos camp over the summer.
Decisions, decisions: Which model of Crocs clogs to wear at Disney?
I had the Crocs Beach
and Crocs Prepair clogs
to choose from, while my kids had only the Crocs Cayman Kids model.
Well, that’s not entirely true. My wife and girls each had Crocs with a plush lining, similar to the current Crocs Mammoth EVO models.
We quickly ruled the fleece lined Crocs out, as the lining tends to get funky if it gets wet. We suspected that they would get wet at least once on the trip (and they DID!).
Unable to choose between the Beach and Prepair models, I went with the Prepair for our first few hours in the Magic Kingdom. I quickly found that the thing that has always bothered me about this model caused me problems in a hurry: the heel strap is WAY too tight and causes blisters. All was not lost. I was able to rotate the heel strap forward and wear them as slip-on clogs. However, I would have preferred the extra security of a usable heel strap. Upon changing to the Crocs Beach clogs I knew that I had made a good choice. The Crocs Beach clogs are light and comfortable, with a heel strap that does not cause blisters. I can honestly say that I’ve never before spent a whole day at an amusement park without having VERY sore feet after a few hours. Wearing my Crocs Beach clogs at Disney was a great decision. My 9 year old son was equally happy in his Crocs Beach clogs.
My 6 year old daughter was the only one that had a problem with her Crocs at Disney. Her Crocs are probably about a size too big for her, and a little too loose. Several times each day she would yell “stop! My shoe!”, and we would turn to see her hopping on one foot to retrieve a Croc that fell off.
What we learned about wearing Crocs at an amusement park?
- Crocs are fantastic for water rides. My son and I got seated in the front row on Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom. The front row gets soaked on this ride, so I was VERY happy that I was wearing my Crocs when the wave of water ran down my lap and pooled up around my feet. My right Croc was completely filled with water. Had I been wearing running shoes, the shoes and socks would have both been completely soaked, and likely not dried out the rest of the day. I had a similar experience on the Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom. Within 2 minutes my Crocs were dried out and the water was a non-issue.
- Crocs are comfortable for walking and standing in lines. Seriously, walking and standing in line are the two mainstays of a Disney visit. Comfortable shoes make a HUGE difference in the enjoyment of a Disney visit.
- Disney has very few rides where there is danger of shoes falling off. I was actually pretty worried about this. I think that a thrill ride park that has lots of hanging roller coasters or drop rides would require you to take off the Crocs and set them aside so that they didn’t fall off during the ride. The only ride at Disney that I took my Crocs off for was Soarin’ in Epcot, and they had a storage bin under the seat that the Crocs fit nicely in.
- I actually like jogging in Crocs. Well, I generally HATE jogging, but I found myself on numerous occasions jogging around Epcot to get FastPass tickets, while my wife and kids walked to the next attraction. This is where the comfortable heel strap makes a huge difference. I don’t think I could have jogged in the Prepair Crocs, but the Beach Crocs were fantastic.
- I got some accumulated gunk on my feet over the course of the day. Honestly, it sounds gross, but wasn’t an issue for me. I didn’t feel it, but sure enough, every evening when we got back to the room and I took off my Crocs, my feet were very dirty. No worries, I just wore the Crocs in the shower and that got both my feet and my Crocs clean and ready for the next day. If I were wearing shoes, my feet would have sweat all day and been uber-stinky by the end of the day. I had no such odor issues with Crocs.
It looks like Crocs have recently developed a couple of clogs that are well suited for outdoor use, like the Crocs Off Road and Crocs Crostrail models.
Each have a more durable sole material and an adjustable heel strap. Look for a future review, as I plan to get a pair of these soon to try them out. I’ve yet to find a model of Crocs that I like to wear in the woods… too many holes for little sticks to poke through and impale my feet. However, for a more tame urban environment like a Disney theme park, Crocs clogs can’t be beat.
Oh yeah, they even have Disney Crocs: