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Old 12-29-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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Stroller for a 6 year old???

I was reading another thread and people are bringing strollers for their 6 year olds. I find this absolutely ridiculous I mean toveach their own but it got me nervous I'm taking my 6 year old DD this Jan and honestly a stroller never crossed my mind. What are others experiences with this?
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:51 PM   #2
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I was reading another thread and people are bringing strollers for their 6 year olds. I find this absolutely ridiculous I mean toveach their own but it got me nervous I'm taking my 6 year old DD this Jan and honestly a stroller never crossed my mind. What are others experiences with this?
We rented a stroller (Orlando Stroller, I think) the year my son was 5 and 6. Felt it was just too much walking for him. At 7 he walked the parks and did great. It worked for us but I know different people have different experiences.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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I was reading another thread and people are bringing strollers for their 6 year olds. I find this absolutely ridiculous I mean toveach their own but it got me nervous I'm taking my 6 year old DD this Jan and honestly a stroller never crossed my mind. What are others experiences with this?
My experience is that these kinds of threads get heated fast.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:55 PM   #4
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Well, my dd (6) hasn't used a stroller in 3 years but we bring one to WDW. Yes, it sounds crazy and she doesn't ride in it often but when you have a grumpy kid who has legs half the length of yours, it is nice to give them a break while still sightseeing. Also, we aren't the type to take the trek back to the room to rest mid day. AND - DH gets tired of piggyback rides at park closing time and OP is right, good way to keep together in a packed, dark environment.

To each his own....

Enjoy your trip!

PS - it is also nice to have a spot to hang a backpack
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:40 PM   #5
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Well, my dd (6) hasn't used a stroller in 3 years but we bring one to WDW. Yes, it sounds crazy and she doesn't ride in it often but when you have a grumpy kid who has legs half the length of yours, it is nice to give them a break while still sightseeing. Also, we aren't the type to take the trek back to the room to rest mid day. AND - DH gets tired of piggyback rides at park closing time and OP is right, good way to keep together in a packed, dark environment.

To each his own....

Enjoy your trip!

PS - it is also nice to have a spot to hang a backpack

This.

We haven't used a stroller with our son since he was 3 years old but WDW? Walking approx 10 miles a day....8am-11pm or later everyday... then having to walk to the car in the world's biggest parking lots- esp when he is falling asleep... you bet we use a stroller! And when he fell asleep at MK, we would have had to carry him around the park and to the car and at his age, there is no way I could have done it! If you have a child who has no problem walking long distances and will stay awake no problem, then doesn't sound like you will need it! But I counted my lucky stars that I had it the night of the Halloween Party!
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:53 PM   #6
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We were there is December and my dd will be 6 in April. I'm so glad we stuck with getting a stroller. We did so much walking and with the crowds at night it was easier for us to stick together. Every kid is different, but when it comes to Disney I don't think it's unheard of at all. I'd say do it.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:56 PM   #7
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it depends on your child. Some kids are just smaller and wear out quicker than others. Some families go open to close - that can be tough for kids.

My 5 year old dd will be 6 in September. She is tiny for her age (does not have the energy stores or muscle capacity to go very long) and still requires a stroller for long trips or long days. I don't expect that will change for another year or two.

It depends on your child and what he/she is able to tolerate. Sure you will see some kids that do look ridiculous given their size, but hey - its not my business and I don't know what issues they may or may not have going on. There has been more than once where my feet were so sore I wish someone would have pushed me around at WDW!
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:56 PM   #8
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I was reading another thread and people are bringing strollers for their 6 year olds. I find this absolutely ridiculous I mean toveach their own but it got me nervous I'm taking my 6 year old DD this Jan and honestly a stroller never crossed my mind. What are others experiences with this?
Took dd on her first trip when she was 4 1/2. No stroller and she did just fine.
Next trip dd was 8 and ds was 4. Again no stroller both did fine.

We did not go back for mid afternoon for breaks either. We did make sure to stop and rest here and there. We would grab a drink or snack, find a bench and rested a bit. Also, when we would stop to eat lunch we would take our time eating.

Now we do tend to go to rope drop and tend to be back to the room between 8 and 9 at night.

Do what you think is best for your child.
Like someone else posted, these threads can get heated.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:11 PM   #9
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Took dd on her first trip when she was 4 1/2. No stroller and she did just fine.
Next trip dd was 8 and ds was 4. Again no stroller both did fine.

We did not go back for mid afternoon for breaks either. We did make sure to stop and rest here and there. We would grab a drink or snack, find a bench Now we do tend to go to rope drop and tend to be back to the room between 8 and 9 at night.

Do what you think is best for your child.
Like someone else posted, these threads can get heated.
We had a family trip recently that included our 5 yo grandson. We toured much like you mentioned in your post, at a reasonable pace. No stroller. It worked fine.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:15 PM   #10
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This is my 1st trip and I am reading we'll walk 5 - 9 miles a day. My daughter will be almost 8 years old when we go. Since I plan on renting a stroller for the 5 YO I'll make it a double to avoid fights. Surprised myself I am considering a stroller! But sounds like quite the place!
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:31 PM   #11
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On our first trip when the kids were 3, 6 and 7 (not counting my teen) we had a sit and stand. The 3 (almost 4 year old) was in the stroller all the time, except for rides and had not used a stroller for even the zoo since he was 2(ish). The girls (6 and 7) would get on the sit and stand towards the end of the evening, because their legs were so tired. But we really went commando the first trip, it was so bad that our 6 year old was falling asleep standing up , sitting down , ... walking... We really ran ourselves into the ground the first trip.

The second trip we had a stroller for DS he was 4 at the time. We did not use it on all the days. If we knew we had a short day we didn't bring it with us. The girls did not use one at all that trip. We did take it at a much more relaxed pace, no falling asleep in strange places for our girls.

Last year I took the kids to Sea World for 4 days and DS was 5. I did not have a stroller and he walked all day everyday. The last day he did want me to carry him out of the park though. We also took it really really slow at Sea World.

But really only you know your kid. If you think that they can do the parks with out a stroller than don't worry about it. You could always pick up a cheap umbrella stroller if you need one.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:37 PM   #12
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My kids have used strollers for years and we aren't planning on bringing one for either of them in February. They'll be 5 and newly 7.

Both of them are incredibly tiny people - the 7 year old is maybe 42" and 35 lbs!!!

If either one of them just can't handle it throughout the trip we will reevaluate.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:57 PM   #13
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We have always brought a double stroller. We have a younger child (he is now 3) but I can promise you my older boys fight for the other spot in the double stroller. LOL. It is a lot of walking for little legs. And especially if it is hot outside, they get tired quick. We were there in Sept of last year. My older boys were 6 and 8. They both took turns riding in the stroller a lot. LOL

This will be our first year going with a single stroller and I am honestly nervous about it. My boys are now 3, 7 and almost 10, but I know they will be bummed they have to walk the whole time. LOL

(for the record, my almost 10 year old is teeny tiny, so he doesn't look too ridiculous in a stroller. He only weighs 50 lbs and wears a size 7 clothes)
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:20 PM   #14
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My five year old would be terribly embarrassed to be seen in a stroller. She hasn't had one at WdW since she turned three.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:26 PM   #15
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Did the World with two 5 year olds (my DD and the DD of our friends) and we didn't even think about using a stroller. We toured the parks at a moderate pace and followed a touring plan so we didn't have them waiting around for very long and when they were tired, we rested.

At that point, my DD hadn't used a stroller in years because she hated being confined.
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