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Old 04-17-2008, 08:06 PM   #1
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one or two strollers??

I have a (small) 6 year old and a 3 year old. I know both of them will want to ride in a stroller. I do not want to push a double stroller. I am considering the option of bringing two umbrella strollers. What do you think? Or maybe I should make the 6 year old walk...
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Old 04-17-2008, 08:11 PM   #2
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I'm trying to decide that myself. My DD's will be 5 1/2 and 3 1/2 when we make the trip in October. We have 2 cheapo umbrella strollers already but I don't think I could tolerate them for 7 days. DH always looks hunched over when he has to push one (he is 6ft 4 in) and I seem to always kick the back wheels when walking. I'm trying to decide between 1 Volo and letting them take turns since at home the 5 year old doesn't use a stroller at all. Maybe just stopping for a snack or a longer sit down ride when she says she is tired. I'm also considering a sit-n-stand stroller. But I know my DD's and they would fight over who got to sit where and once we got home it might never get used again. I'm really leaning towards one
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I'm going for two strollers in case you want to split up. But if the umbrella strollers are not comfortable perhaps you should take the comfy double and pack an umbrella underneath in case you want to split up.
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Old 04-17-2008, 08:12 PM   #4
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We have 4 year old twins and we always bring 2 umbrella strollers. It's so much easier than dealing with a double, IMO.

If you know the 6 year old will want to ride in a stroller, I would bring one just to help the vacation stay pleasant. If the 6 y/o decides he/she doesn't want to ride, you could just leave it in the hotel room.
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Old 04-17-2008, 08:17 PM   #5
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I'm trying to decide that myself. My DD's will be 5 1/2 and 3 1/2 when we make the trip in October. We have 2 cheapo umbrella strollers already but I don't think I could tolerate them for 7 days. DH always looks hunched over when he has to push one (he is 6ft 4 in) and I seem to always kick the back wheels when walking. I'm trying to decide between 1 Volo and letting them take turns since at home the 5 year old doesn't use a stroller at all. Maybe just stopping for a snack or a longer sit down ride when she says she is tired. I'm also considering a sit-n-stand stroller. But I know my DD's and they would fight over who got to sit where and once we got home it might never get used again. I'm really leaning towards one
Thanks! I have the sit-n-stand. I bring it to my State Fair every year. It is a nice stroller for the kids, but it can get hard to push and it is often hard to turn. That is why I was leaning towards the umbrella stroller. We have a Chicco umbrella stroller and the handles are a little higher than the cheap umbrella strollers.

Thanks for your input!
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We have 4 year old twins and we always bring 2 umbrella strollers. It's so much easier than dealing with a double, IMO.

If you know the 6 year old will want to ride in a stroller, I would bring one just to help the vacation stay pleasant. If the 6 y/o decides he/she doesn't want to ride, you could just leave it in the hotel room.
This might be a good option. Thanks!
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Old 04-17-2008, 09:36 PM   #7
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We have 4 year old twins and we always bring 2 umbrella strollers. It's so much easier than dealing with a double, IMO.

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Really? I was considering two umbrellas for a future trip (way in the future ) but then thought that two seperate strollers would be difficult to manage with two little ones (figuring one parent is responsible for managing the little ones and the other parent juggles the strollers - folding them, etc). Is folding two separate strollers easier than one double umbrella?
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Old 04-17-2008, 09:41 PM   #8
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Last year we brought our Maclaren Twin Triumph double stroller and were very happy we did. Our girls were 3 1/2 and 1 1/2 at the time. It is an umbrella stroller but a good one so no one was hunched over when pushing it (DH is 6'3"). This year I'm not sure what we are going to do. Our girls will be 5, 3 and we will have a newborn (see the ticker at the bottom of my post!). I have to imagine that both of my girls will still want to ride in a stroller so I am questioning do we bring a double and a single or should we rent a double and bring just the single? I know the stroller prices just went up so I don't know what to do!
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Really? I was considering two umbrellas for a future trip (way in the future ) but then thought that two seperate strollers would be difficult to manage with two little ones (figuring one parent is responsible for managing the little ones and the other parent juggles the strollers - folding them, etc). Is folding two separate strollers easier than one double umbrella?
We've done the single umbrella strollers at WDW since the boys were 2 1/2 y/o (we've brought them 4 times now). We each are responsible for one stroller and one boy. The umbrella strollers fold up really quickly, so we haven't had any problems doing this. Also, they are very compact for sticking under the seats on the buses or in between the seats to get them out of the way when it's crowded. The singles are easier to get through crowds, too. I have a Combi Twin Savvy and I used to own a double umbrella stroller as well - I think it was a Kidco. Although I loved my Combi Twin for at home when my hubby wasn't with me, it would have been cumbersome on bus rides, IMO. Also - it's kind of nice to have them in separate strollers when they get cranky---this way they can't annoy each other/hit/fight, etc... Another advantage - there were times when one child wanted to go into an attraction that the other was afraid of (3D movies on our first trip), so my hubby would take one boy and I would take the other on another attraction & we would meet up later.

(FYI-we have the same Kolcraft red and black umbrella strollers that are sold around WDW. DH is 6' and I am 5'4" - we both find the stroller handles are a good height/no stooping required. If you decide to buy those, make sure you bring something to make your stroller easily identifiable. I bought mine for $30 each online before our 1st trip and they've been worth every penny).
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:13 PM   #10
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I found 2 reasonably priced Mac Triumphs for my 6 and 4 year olds. I KNOW the 6 year old will be totally jealous that the 4 year old gets a stroller, so she will want to sit in one just as much, thus ruling out any possible sharing! I plan to use them for this summer and then will sell one of them after the summer. I think these strollers hold their value well, so it will still be cheaper and more convenient for me to bring my own than to rent. The fold so easily and compactly with a handy carrying strap!
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Last year we brought our Maclaren Twin Triumph double stroller and were very happy we did. Our girls were 3 1/2 and 1 1/2 at the time. It is an umbrella stroller but a good one so no one was hunched over when pushing it (DH is 6'3"). This year I'm not sure what we are going to do. Our girls will be 5, 3 and we will have a newborn (see the ticker at the bottom of my post!). I have to imagine that both of my girls will still want to ride in a stroller so I am questioning do we bring a double and a single or should we rent a double and bring just the single? I know the stroller prices just went up so I don't know what to do!
I would definitely want the newborn to be comfortable, so if the double is not one that is suitable for a newborn, then I would bring the single for the baby. Will you be using the bus transportation to get into parks from the resorts? If so, it might be difficult for you to deal with 2 strollers when getting on and off buses since you have a newborn to carry as well. In that case, I think I would bring the baby's single stroller and rent the double in the parks.
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Old 04-19-2008, 12:21 AM   #12
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Or maybe I should make the 6 year old walk...


I vote for this. Six is a "big kid".
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:34 AM   #13
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Our last trip DS #2 was 6 and DS #3 was 16 months. We used a Mac Triumph for the baby and had the 6 year old walk. He was fine. This trip (in 11 days-woo hoo) we'll be taking the Mac and I picked up a Combi Helio for DS #4 who is 10 months old. The Mac doesn't recline very well so we wanted something for the baby so he could sleep. We have a sit & stand that we use at home but we think it's just too big to deal with in the parks & on the buses.
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We've done the single umbrella strollers at WDW since the boys were 2 1/2 y/o (we've brought them 4 times now). We each are responsible for one stroller and one boy. The umbrella strollers fold up really quickly, so we haven't had any problems doing this. Also, they are very compact for sticking under the seats on the buses or in between the seats to get them out of the way when it's crowded. The singles are easier to get through crowds, too.
Thanks so much for the info - this is really something I'll consider when we go next time.
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:31 AM   #15
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I have a baby trend sit and stand. DD #1 will be 5 DD #2 will be 11 months. Trying to decide if I should take this one or get 2 umbrella ones. Only problem is SW counts your gate checked stroller as 1 of your luggage pieces. Has anyone tried to put 2 umbrella strollers in a gate check bag?
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