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Old 03-07-2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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Would you still use a stroller at DL for a 4-year-old?

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We're taking our kids on our first family trip to DL in May; my daughter will be 16 months old and my son will be turning four while we're there. We are debating whether to take two strollers, or just one ... He has a lot of stamina but it's so much walking ... On the other hand, if he doesn't want to ride, it could be a pain to drag around, and could impede us from making quick moves like trying the wide right theory for RSR.

Curious about whether you would; or if you have any tips?

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Old 03-07-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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We rented a double stroller for our 2 and 4 yr old (almost 5) and it was a life saver! We could just move faster from land to land. We would often just park it at one place and then walk to several rides at a time.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:38 PM   #3
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Bring the stroller. We had a double four our first trip when the kids were 2 and 4, then used it again when they were almost 3 and 5. This year DD is turning 6 during the trip, and we're planning on renting a double (don't use strollers at home any more.) It'll be hot and the kids will have had some late nights, so it's nice to let them ride in the stroller. They even both slept in it at the same time! It's nice to have a basket and a place to toss your stuff.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:50 PM   #4
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When DD was 4 we took a stroller for her. When she was 5 I still brought one to the parks for her that we used in the evening when she was tired. I would definitely bring one for a 4 year old.

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Old 03-07-2013, 07:53 PM   #5
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I plan on renting a double for my 5.5 and 2.5 year-old kids. I figure if I get tired walking around, my 5.5 year-old would too! Plus if he goes in the stroller then his lil sis is more likely to stay in there too.

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Old 03-07-2013, 07:55 PM   #6
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:07 PM   #7
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Without a doubt! My 6 year old ended up in the stroller a LOT in November, and my 9 year old even hitched a ride! It's a LOT of walking!
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:34 PM   #8
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Hi Jaxi, welcome! I would take a stroller for a 4 year, maybe even a 5 year old. You'll get a slew of answers here, but if you think you might need one, take it, or plan to rent one.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:37 PM   #9
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Absolutely positively yes. We are here right now with our 4.5 yr old, who also typically has a lot of stamina, but our stroller has been invaluable. It's easy enough to park it in a particular land and leave it while you do the rides in that land and then pick it up before you move on, so it's always close by when you need it. I would not do DL with a four year old without a stroller. Maybe not even a five year old.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:07 PM   #10
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I would bring one. The kids tire at night and we like bringing the stroller to carry some of our stuff like water bottles, snacks and light jackets for those cool evenings.
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yes. we brought a stroller for just 4 yr old last june and we did take breaks but I think the stroller helped her not get so tired and saved all of us for the evening hrs.
It's a long day.
We were there two days ago and had to use stroller for her broken leg but I would have brought one anyway and you don't have to worry about them getting lost when they are in the stroller. also it didn't stop us from making that wide right and jumping on RSR first thing.
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If memory serves me correctly my kids were not fast enough walkers to keep up to me when they were 4 - so yes, take one.
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We brought one with us when our DD just turned 5 -- just in case. We never needed it. Not once. But it was good to have it in the hotel room if she became tired. It was fabulous not having to use it, though! So much easier to get around.

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Old 03-10-2013, 11:29 PM   #14
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Wow we have some super kids here. I can't imagine most young children lasting 16 hrs anywhere but especially w/o a stroller.
I have ran marathons and my kids are fit and have ran 5ks at ages 7 and 8 so of course the 4 yr old is also active. The entire family skis every weekend. But I'm not trying to win any awards. I just want to have a nice vacation. I love the stroller. I don't know why people think they are a hinderance. It was never a problem. Last trip we had to have it as dd4 had a broken leg. But would have used it anyway. I put our water bottles in the stroller and some of the heavier snacks like trail mix. It' s nice not having the water on my back all day. There is no way that 4 yr old could keep up all day; she did walk a lot too and sometimes we parked the stroller but again it was never a problem. DH walks fast and we had a lot of ground to cover. Of course my boys wanted the stroller at times. As for carrying them no thanks. Dh has a bad back and I don't want one. I really don't see how carrying a kid is just SOO much better.
The PP said his wife goes often. Well in that case you aren't always trying to do it all.
I was a stroller person because I enjoyed having it to hold everything for myself and the 3 kids on outings even if they were walking.
Really not sure why parking a stroller in the stroller areas pisses people off. REally? wow, thinking life must be really good if that's what you have to get pissed off about.
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The PP said his wife goes often. Well in that case you aren't always trying to do it all.
That's what I was thinking, too. We have a membership to our local zoo, and we don't feel the need to do everything every time we go. When we have guests with us, we do everything. But normally, if my kids want to spend an hour feeding the ducks or taking pictures of the giraffes, it's fine - we'll be back again soon. How wonderful would it be to treat Disneyland that same way? Let the kids toddle around at their own pace because you're a stay-at-home mom with two preschoolers that lives close enough to use Disneyland as a playground? That sounds awesome, but is unfortunately not how most of us are able to approach the parks.
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