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Old 12-29-2012, 08:34 PM   #16
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DD was 5 our first trip to Disney. She did fine. We brought an umbrella stroller the first day and it was a junk holder and just in the way. So we left it in the room after that.

I have beautiful pictures of her dancing under Mickey's Sorcerer's hat at DHS as we closed the park down in the wee hours of the morning one night. All the walking didn't bother her.

DS, on the other hand, who was 8 would have loved to have had a stroller
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:35 PM   #17
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My twins are 11, but we started going when they were 5. We used a stroller when they were 5 and 6. I wasn't going to use it when they were 6, but we were fighting colds while there and it helped when they needed a rest. I think a 6 year old could go either way, but if you don't use a stroller, keep in mind that your child might need frequent breaks, especially toward the end of the trip.

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:37 PM   #18
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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, 08:37 PM   #19
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It really all depends on how you plan to tour. I don't ever think a family's decision to do what works for them, especially if it's going to enhance their vacation enjoyment, is ridiculous. I know that's not what you meant, but so man people are quick to judge and for the life of me, I can't figure out why anyone cares enough to criticize another's decision.

Anyway....our kids are 5 and 2 and we take a Mac for our little guy. I did take a cheap umbrella for DD in Oct but she barely used it so I am leaving it home for our trip in a few weeks. We do walk a lot.....upwards of 10 miles/day and I'm a fast walker....drives DH nuts We've realized that for the most part, DD can keep up and it's not worth taking the stroller for her. If she needs it, we'll rent one. That said, I would rather a family take a stroller for an "older" child than to have meltdowns or have a day cut short because the kid is too tired. Remember, WDW is exhausting, especially for little legs
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:46 PM   #20
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My daughter just turned 4 and we still bring a stroller. It is the only place we ever use a stroller with her, but it makes it so much easier, especially at the end of the day. I selfishly will be sad to abandon using a stroller. It is such an easy place to keep snacks and drinks.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:57 PM   #21
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We left the strollers at home when the kids turned 3. My daughter was 3 the first time w/ went w/out and toured hard for 8 days. She did not need the stroller and we did not need the clutter. It also forced us to travel "lighter" and not take as much stuff with us to the parks we did not need. Can you imagine how much easier the parks would be to tour if you did not have an excessive amount of "un-needed" strollers all over the place.

To each their own, but give it a try w/out and see how nice it actually is.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:20 PM   #22
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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 only rented a stroller when we took my niece when she was 3 and she never used it honestly and didn't get sleepy until close to midnight when the park closed.

I saw on my recent trip older kids with the leash. I do not get the point of having those, on older children at least. By a certain age they should be able to follow directions of hold my hand. I understand very young children with those...but I saw maybe a 5 or 6 year old with one.
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My boys were 4 and 5 on our first trip and they were fine with no stroller. That being said you know your family better than anyone else so do what you think is best.
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We have always brought our double stroller and will again on this trip (boys are 3 and 5). Our five year old doesn't ride in it much, but it's nice to have when his legs get tired. Sure beats CARRYING his 45 pounds! It was also nice if he got tired and fell asleep (which happened a few times). This year we have a new sit and stand stroller instead of a tandem double stroller so it's more of a "big kid" resting spot. I think it will work out MUCH better.

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The kids on "leashes" make me shake my head. Save the leashes for pets, not people.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:38 PM   #26
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Not for sure if we will bring a stroller. DD will be 6 1/2 when we go. She is small for her age and her little legs get tired. We have teens in the family who like to go go go. Seems easier to bring a stroller so she can rest if she wants.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:42 PM   #27
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The kids on "leashes" make me shake my head. Save the leashes for pets, not people.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:45 PM   #28
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The kids on "leashes" make me shake my head. Save the leashes for pets, not people.
Have to disagree. . .the leash is a wonderful thing.

I mean, we don't put the choker chain on it when we're at Disney, but she knows we have it, just in case.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:57 PM   #29
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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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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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