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Old 12-29-2012, 10:26 PM   #31
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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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Old 12-29-2012, 10:53 PM   #32
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I guess everyone knows their child and knows what they can and can't handle. But my kids were able to handle walking the parks for an entire week since they were five.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:00 PM   #33
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My dd was almost 6 on our last trip and we brought our stroller with us. She doesn't ride it in at home, but with the amount of walking you do at Disney World, it just works out better for us to have it.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:01 PM   #34
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I took my 4 year old daughter on an 8 day trip this past October and she did fine with no stroller. We did FULL days with no breaks and we had no issues whatsoever. I couldn't imagine my 6 year old son sitting in a stroller.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:07 PM   #35
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to me it is just a safety thing...the crowds exiting the park are crazy and a 5 year old can easliy get seperated from the family...so yes..I am bringing one !
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:08 PM   #36
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Our boys are ages 5, 12 and 13. Generally, our boys didn't use a stroller past age 3. But after a long stroller-free period, we ended up renting a stroller for our 5-year-old at MNSSHP this year.

Before our youngest was born, it was easy to ditch the stroller early because our older boys are close in age and have similar needs. So it was easy to stop and take a break when they were tired, and just move at their pace. But the pace and needs of a teen/tween and a 5-year-old are far different and require a great deal of negotiation. Thus, the MNSSHP compromise of renting a stroller for our 5-year-old at MNSSHP.

So while we haven't brought a stroller for a long time and don't intend to bring one along in the future, I think it's a good idea to keep your mind open to the possibility of a brief rental - especially when there is a significant age gap between kids and your family would like the option to stay together.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:13 PM   #37
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We brought a stroller for my 6 year old daughter for our last trip. While she is a very athletic and fit girl, my husband and I are fast walkers and didn't want to feel like we were pulling her along. We stayed at the Swan and would walk to the Studios and Epcot too. We were there over Spring Breaks when the crowds were heavy, so we felt safer exiting the parks after fireworks with each child in their respective stroller. With that said, she is now 7 and we are not planning on bringing a stroller for her on the next trip. If she wants to sit in her brother's though for a rest, we have no problem with it.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:19 PM   #38
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Best thing I did and honestly, I never considered it until I read a thread on these boards. My own personal situation was that we couldn't get back to the hotel for mid-afternoon breaks due to a disabled person in our party. It was just too much of a hassle so we planned on leaving the hotel and staying out at the park all day. I played each day by ear and some days she needed it (when we were out late the night before or it was overly hot) and some days she didn't. Disney was very good about refunding me what I didn't use. Of course this was a while ago. Anyway, it gave her a shady place to relax while I strolled along and shopped. I didn't have a cranky kid with sore feet or an overheated child, I lost 7 lbs pushing her while being able to indulge in yummy Disney treats, and everyone stayed in a happy, positive mood. I didn't read all the comments but most of them seemed to feel the way I do .. do what's best for your family and child without worrying about it. It's so much nicer to have a relaxed time than stress about what is considered proper etiquette. We're all disney-heads here and all have one goal... to have a great time at the world.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:24 PM   #39
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The first time we took my daughter to WDW she was 6 and using a stroller was never a thought. She's small for her age but a very active, and energetic individual. If anything, we'd necessitate a stroller before she would probably. lol. My son is 2 and I plan on keeping his umbrella stroller for only another year really.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:31 PM   #40
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to me it is just a safety thing...the crowds exiting the park are crazy and a 5 year old can easliy get seperated from the family...so yes..I am bringing one !
That's a good point!

Also, we have an older son, so with the age difference, we often end up staying late for EMH and the stroller lets her sleep if needed.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:55 AM   #41
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Some people push their kids so hard that the children simply cannot physically stand it and need a place to sit down or they will just pass out. For people who simply will not stop for their children, a stroller is probably a good idea.

For children who aren't pushed too hard, an otherwise-healthy six year old will not need a stroller.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:33 AM   #42
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Some people push their kids so hard that the children simply cannot physically stand it and need a place to sit down or they will just pass out. For people who simply will not stop for their children, a stroller is probably a good idea.

For children who aren't pushed too hard, an otherwise-healthy six year old will not need a stroller.
I have to agree with this. We learned our lesson on our first trip with our 6 year old falling asleep doing anything... it was because we went commando and never really stopped. We haven't had an issue with that since and we've gone to WDW once and Sea World once. We probably will not be having a stroller when we go back. Our kids will be 6, 9, 9, and 16. If they get tired we will take a break and swim or have them play on a play ground.. which sounds like it would wear them out more, but both of those actually helped my kids energy levels.
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My DS, just turning 5,hasn't used a stroller in our day to day life since he was 2,but I rented one in WDW this past summer and it worked well for us. I will so the same this coming August when he'll be 5 1/2. We didn't use it all the time, we would park it in one area while we toured and then pick it up again when we were ready to move on. It was particularly handy walking back to our car or to our room.

Every kid is different and to each his own, but there is nothing ridiculous about a 6yo in a stroller at WDW.
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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?
~I would not bring a stroller for a Kindergartner or First grade child. I am a proud Disney Commando, our family tours "smarter" not harder.

~When my kids were 2 & 4, I brought one stroller that barely got used to the parks and we toured at their pace, so this eliminated the need to take breaks outside of what we normally planned -- also my kids had boatloads of energy when we were winded, lol.

~We never expect our kids to "keep up" with us. We tour the park at the kids pace and in accordance to their needs. With that said, I understand all kids are different and would never judge a child in a stroller. Have fun!
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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?
Really, I wouldn't let the posts on the DIS influence you. We took dd for the first time at the age of 4 and went most years thereafter without ever needing a stroller. We did go at her pace and took breaks at the hotel in the afternoons. As long as you don't plan on a breakneck commando pace, I've found the kids always have more energy than the adults.

Of course, dd is 22 now so when she's racing around, I remind her that I used to slow down to her pace and make her slow down to mine. Of course, she's now the one who makes comments to me when she sees big kids in strollers--"When I was a little kid, everyone was able to walk just fine." That's when I call her Grandma and ask if she had to walk uphill to school both ways, too.

OP--you'll be fine without a stroller.
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