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Old 03-27-2013, 08:54 PM   #16
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Okay! Let me try to address most posts. Sometimes I need a little push to get past my kiddos being as old as they are and I don't always give them enough credit for what they can do. Thankfully, DH is great at making me face these things. He is anti stroller.

Our kids are exposed to a very healthy lifestyle and have even run 5K's and have a Mama who runs 5K's, 10K's, and 1/2 marathons. My original plan was to get them more active prior to our trip with more hikes, bikes, walks/runs, to build up stamina.

I'm not an insane WDW mad person who feels she has to Dash (no pun intended) to each ride/attraction. I just get worried about things like ETWB and if we don't get there right away we'll end up waiting in an hour line. I don't like waiting in lines that long, so how can I expect my kids to wait in those lines.

Given all the wonderful feedback here. I need to give my kiddos a bit more credit. I'm not going to rent a stroller. Is there some sort of "not going to rent a stroller anonymous" support group out there, because I might need it? I'm going to hope for the best. Worst case scenario.......we rent a Disney stroller.

Thanks for all your feedback and for making me face reality!
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:12 PM   #17
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We just got back yesterday from spending 4 days in Disney. That being said, since it was 4 days....we crammed as much as we could (including a trip to Sea World yesterday). We obviously used a stroller for our 2 year old...but there were a few times that I contemplated renting one for our 6 year old. He was doing a pretty good job of keeping up, but there were SO many people, I was so afraid he was going to get lost in the shuffle. It also didn't help that he's at that age where he doesn't want to hold my hand for very long, so he kept pulling away. There were also a few times that I could tell he was starting to fade, and I wish I had somewhere where he could just take a break for a bit. I guess it really depends on the crowd levels and how comfortable you are with your child keeping up and not getting lost.

I do STRONGLY suggest taking midday breaks at the hotel. Give your kids a chance to rest, recharge....whatever they want to do that's a break from the madness of the park. We took advantage of break time every day and it was a God send.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:29 PM   #18
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You're making the right call. The last time we brought a stroller, the little guy was 3 years 9 months. We went back at his 4th birthday for five days and he trooped all over the world along with his 5 and 6 year old brother and sister like a champ.

They are 8, 7, 5 this time and I wouldn't even remotely consider strollers for neurotypical able bodied kids of that age. Too much hassle.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:28 AM   #19
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I agree, right call on no stroller. The ONLY reason our 6yr old will get to use the hitchhiker board on the buggy is b/c she gets annoyed when she's the only kid who has to walk. Though that being said, we've contemplated no buggy at all for our next trip - kids age 2, 4.5, and 6 - and one pregnant mama. I figure I'm only going to waddle so no rush, and if the big kids need to take a break, then no rush (i get a break too), and if the big kids are walking, there's no way the little one will ride (we'd have a carrier with us for Dh to put her on his back).

Your kids might be slow, and they might get tired, but enjoy the pace - there's so much to notice - take time to find hidden mickey's while enjoying a dole whip
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Good gracious! Why do y'all keep saying "able-bodied children"? It's not like the OP is saying she wants to put them in a wheelchair. Strollers are not intended for non "able-bodied" children.

Even a pediatrician will tell you that a full day, walking, at Disney can be too much on a child. It's not "a little exercise", it's MILES and hours of standing still.

There is nothing wrong with letting your kids use a stroller if you feel it's what's best for them.

I'm sure non of the PPs who are against the idea have ever let their kids do something that wasn't "ideal" for their age though.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:03 AM   #21
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Good gracious! Why do y'all keep saying "able-bodied children"? It's not like the OP is saying she wants to put them in a wheelchair. Strollers are not intended for non "able-bodied" children.

Even a pediatrician will tell you that a full day, walking, at Disney can be too much on a child. It's not "a little exercise", it's MILES and hours of standing still.

We make the distinction because if, on the Dis, you ever suggest that something might not be age-appropriate, the immediate response is someone saying, "but my special needs/ disabled kid..."

So yes. There are exceptions. A 10 year old with low muscle tone is not the same as a 10 year old with no physical problems or disabilities for the purposes of a stroller discussion.

My pediatrician looked at me like I had two heads when I asked her what she thought of putting a big kid in a stroller for a day at Disney. (I was curious, since nowhere but the Dis have I ever heard of 8 year olds in strollers. Wanted to know if it was just me.)
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:48 AM   #22
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We used a stroller on our last visit in 2007. Being from the UK, The heat and humidity is very different and can wear us out quicker. The following year we went to Lanzarote and found it fine to go without strollers.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:57 AM   #23
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No, don't put a 6 and 8 year old in a stroller. Reading disboards it is my opinion that this is just another way parents today coddle the children too much. If they are that tired, take a break.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:00 AM   #24
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Too Big For a Stroller: Why Carting Your Big Kids Does a Disservice

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellnes...ry?id=13597874

Though the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't have official guidelines for when to stop using a stroller, Shu says that "kids should be transitioning out of a stroller at around three years old."

Beyond encouraging a child's development and mobility, Dr. Ari Brown, parenting expert and co-author of "Baby 411," says using a stroller past the age of 4 or 5 is also discouraging kids from being active and independent.

"By this age, kids should be able to follow directions, listen to you and hold hands when you're crossing the street," she says. "In this day and age when our children are becoming more sedentary, you're sending the wrong message by chauffeuring them around."
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:05 PM   #25
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I think it's a good call on no stroller. We had a stroller for our son last time we went - he was 3 years 8 months - and he fought it at the beginning. We were glad he had it as he napped in it every day. Still, we're thinking of going in September and he'll be 4 1/2. A stroller will be a decision made a week or two before we go (we would rent one since he hasn't used one on a day to day basis since he was about 2). I couldn't imagine even thinking of one for an 8 year old.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:13 PM   #26
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I have 5 boys, none of them used a stroller past 18-22 months. I never used a stroller in a mall with any of them, they were either in a snugli, or walking when they could.

However, at disney. I rent the double. In 2005, kids were 7, 5 and 3. Why did we, you ask. Well, it was the "rainy season/hurricane season", so we would have all 3 (yes all 3 in the disney double, they were all small enough), hop in and go where we needed to go. We did not run, we did not walk any faster than our normal pace, but I knew exactly where all 3 were at all times. We just went again, with all 5 kids. So the 2 youngers were 6 an 3.5. We again rented the disney double. It was easy to have them hope in and go. It was a god send when we were caught in downpours and needed to "make a run for it". Which happened several times over the 10 days we were there. Also, ran late often to ADR's, so just needed to step up the pace a bit. They walked all around the resort, from the gates to the buses, and buses to the gates etc. Plus, I knew exactly where those 2 were at all times also. It was great leaving the park, walking down Main Street, in the dark, with people every where. When you kids out number you, you do what is possible to streamline your focus when watching your kiddos. It was easier for me, to look out for the 3 older kids, and a double stroller, then trying to look after 5 walking kids. Did I do them a disservice? No, we walked slow to enjoy the surrounding areas, they got out of the stroller often to walk about and enjoyed the fountains etc.
But do what you think is right for you. We went in August/Sept., it was hot, the 3.5 yr old walks like a turtle, the heat really slowed him down more. If we went in January or February and it was 50/60 out, they would have done great walking, but still if it were crowded, I would still get a stroller, for my own sanity.
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Okay! Let me try to address most posts. Sometimes I need a little push to get past my kiddos being as old as they are and I don't always give them enough credit for what they can do. Thankfully, DH is great at making me face these things. He is anti stroller.

Our kids are exposed to a very healthy lifestyle and have even run 5K's and have a Mama who runs 5K's, 10K's, and 1/2 marathons. My original plan was to get them more active prior to our trip with more hikes, bikes, walks/runs, to build up stamina.

I'm not an insane WDW mad person who feels she has to Dash (no pun intended) to each ride/attraction. I just get worried about things like ETWB and if we don't get there right away we'll end up waiting in an hour line. I don't like waiting in lines that long, so how can I expect my kids to wait in those lines.

Given all the wonderful feedback here. I need to give my kiddos a bit more credit. I'm not going to rent a stroller. Is there some sort of "not going to rent a stroller anonymous" support group out there, because I might need it? I'm going to hope for the best. Worst case scenario.......we rent a Disney stroller.

Thanks for all your feedback and for making me face reality!
It's hard for us to realize out "babies" are growing up. But, they will still always be my babies. Since your kids have already run 5K's they will be just fine!

I think people forget you are not walking miles and miles without stopping. At least I don't. You are sitting in a ride, at a restaurant, watching a show etc. Fast passes are your friend as far as not waiting in line. When I have gone at that time of year, I have never waited more than 30 minutes for anything.

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We make the distinction because if, on the Dis, you ever suggest that something might not be age-appropriate, the immediate response is someone saying, "but my special needs/ disabled kid..."

So yes. There are exceptions. A 10 year old with low muscle tone is not the same as a 10 year old with no physical problems or disabilities for the purposes of a stroller discussion.

My pediatrician looked at me like I had two heads when I asked her what she thought of putting a big kid in a stroller for a day at Disney. (I was curious, since nowhere but the Dis have I ever heard of 8 year olds in strollers. Wanted to know if it was just me.)
Great post. you explained it very well.
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No, don't put a 6 and 8 year old in a stroller. Reading disboards it is my opinion that this is just another way parents today coddle the children too much. If they are that tired, take a break.
Or you could just have a child who walks at a snails pace. My niece did at 7 (the last time we threw her in a stroller at WDW so we could get more than one ride a day in, lol) and still walks like a snail today. Except now she gets it that if she walks too slow we don't get as many rides in.

OP--I would plan on not having to use a stroller, but not get all crazy focused on MY KIDS CAN'T USE A STOLLER!! If you end up needing one, get one. It is so not the huge deal it is made out to be on the Dis. Your kids won't end up fat and lazy and needing therapy because they used a stroller past the age of 3 at WDW. Do what works for your family.
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Or you could just have a child who walks at a snails pace. My niece did at 7 (the last time we threw her in a stroller at WDW so we could get more than one ride a day in, lol) and still walks like a snail today. Except now she gets it that if she walks too slow we don't get as many rides in.

OP--I would plan on not having to use a stroller, but not get all crazy focused on MY KIDS CAN'T USE A STOLLER!! If you end up needing one, get one. It is so not the huge deal it is made out to be on the Dis. Your kids won't end up fat and lazy and needing therapy because they used a stroller past the age of 3 at WDW. Do what works for your family.
This just about sums it up for me! Thanks! I don't believe my kids will end up overweight because I put them in a stroller on one WDW trip. We are active and they are active. They are very lightweight genetically. They are just insanely slow walkers.
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Or you could just have a child who walks at a snails pace. My niece did at 7 (the last time we threw her in a stroller at WDW so we could get more than one ride a day in, lol) and still walks like a snail today. Except now she gets it that if she walks too slow we don't get as many rides in.

OP--I would plan on not having to use a stroller, but not get all crazy focused on MY KIDS CAN'T USE A STOLLER!! If you end up needing one, get one. It is so not the huge deal it is made out to be on the Dis. Your kids won't end up fat and lazy and needing therapy because they used a stroller past the age of 3 at WDW. Do what works for your family.
YES! I get so tired of people saying your kids are lazy or you are coddling your kids by letting them ride in strollers. Or they will become obese. This is the case for some but a stroller at an amusement park is not going to do that. My kids NEVER used strollers when they started walking at age 11 months but at Disney we rented them until they were 5 and 7. My kids do road races and so do my husband and I. My daughter is currently in 5 sports and the other in 3. They get enough exercise. That being said it is much more walking then you think in heat and humidity and crowds. And who cares what other people think. You and your child are enjoying your vacation. You as an adult can see all you want to see and so can your child. Now, the overweight adults in motorized scooters that make us wait for 15 minutest to load them on a bus--that is another issue.
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