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Old 04-21-2013, 08:25 AM   #31
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I've already replied, but I've been reading through this thread again and realized that while some people have responded to the question "Am I crazy?" Nobody has actually answered your question, "How old is too old for a Stroller?" Yes, I realize that some posters have said to do what is right for your family and I respectfully agree.

But to answer your first question....here is my cut and dry opinion based on age.

Six and under is perfectly okay for a stroller. Seven and older is too old (and hard to push because I've done it and realized I shouldn't have)!
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:25 AM   #32
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We stopped using strollers as early as we could get away with it. In fact, we never brought our own, we rented from Disney (back in 2002, before prices went insane). Our 2 year old rode, our 5 year old walked (except for once or twice). By the time our youngest was 6, we did not need a stroller (although a cast member let us have one for free at Animal Kingdom one day).

This, of course, is just my opinion. I feel strollers are bulky, get in the way, are hard to travel with, etc.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:31 AM   #33
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I will admit it - I rented a stroller last year for my 7 year old. I couldn't deal with the whining. I considered it again for a brief moment for my now 8 year old for our upcoming trip. Am I crazy?
If it works for you then go for it! Your holiday is well earned and time for you to enjoy as much as possible before getting thrust back into reality. When I am on holiday I do everything I can to make it as stress free and enjoyable for everyone as possible. If, for you, that means renting a stroller for your 8 year old then so be it, it is your money and your holiday, you shouldn't care what others think.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:12 AM   #34
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When they start walking they are too old. No wonder childhood obesity is out of control.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:14 AM   #35
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We don't use a stroller for DD3 now. She can walk just fine. I never used a stroller for DS. I started taking him at the age of 5. He hadn't been in a stroller in years. I start making everyone go on family walks to build up endurance so they can walk the trip. DD can currently walk 3 miles with no stopping before needing a break. That is pretty good for a 3 year old.
Ditto this. Our son walked over 2 miles before tiring at 15 months old. I can't imagine any child past the age of infancy needing a stroller
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:15 AM   #36
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If it works for you then go for it! Your holiday is well earned and time for you to enjoy as much as possible before getting thrust back into reality. When I am on holiday I do everything I can to make it as stress free and enjoyable for everyone as possible. If, for you, that means renting a stroller for your 8 year old then so be it, it is your money and your holiday, you shouldn't care what others think.
My thoughts exactly! You may get the stink eye from a few, but just remember you will probably never see those people again. Do what YOU need to do to make your trip enjoyable and memorable for your family.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:25 AM   #37
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When they start walking they are too old. No wonder childhood obesity is out of control.
Using a stroller only at WDW does not make a child obese. You are way over-simplifying. It is possible for a child to walk at WDW and still be obese.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:39 AM   #38
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all depends on the kid, how many breaks you want to take, etc.

my 5yo passed out in our stroller EVERY DAY last year on our trip... he had not been in a stroller in years, let alone slept in one- but Disney is a different story.

My twins were 2.5 and didnt' need the stroller as much as I thought -- so you just never know.

we bring a double + ride on board... so all 3 can ride at one time - but only 2 can really pass out if needed.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:46 AM   #39
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In my opinion 8 is too old.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:06 AM   #40
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Hi, We use a stroller for my 4 and 6 1/2 year old. We will probably use one for a few years yet. I love having a place to put lunch, we always bring food to save on money. My daughter also loves to wear dresses until she gets too hot, so a change of clothes is also a must. Not to mention my 6 1/2 year old only weighs 34 pounds so she wears out fast. She doesn't complain but walks slower and slower. I may be crazy but after just getting back 2 days ago we will look for a better double stroller to take with us on our next trip. Something easier to push. I think a stroller is easier to take and load things on other then pushing a rolling suitcase or lunchbox around. We have checked our mileage once and we can walk about 10 to 15 miles in a day!
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I quit renting strollers after the trip where we used it more for pushing "stuff" around, and, would forget where we parked it. Once we wandered all the way from Buzz Lightyear ride to Haunted Mansion, then, had to trek back to find the stroller. I think my son was about 5.


That is hysterical!! I could see our family doing this!
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:55 AM   #42
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No chance. Way too old to be in a stroller under any circumstances.

If he doesn't have the stamina, put him on the treadmill half an hour a day before the trip.

In our family, whining kids get time outs/sent to their rooms. They don't get chauffeured around an amusement park.

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Old 04-21-2013, 11:09 AM   #43
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It depends on your kids. My dd was 7 last year, and she did fine, my ds was 18 months and WDW rented a stroller from Orlando stroller for the week. We loved that stroller so much that we sold ours when we got home and bought one (city mini). I told my daughter it is a lot of walking but we took drink breaks and rested when she got tired. This year, were going to try and find room in my tiny car for the stroller for ds, who is now 2 1/2, but I'd never rent one for dd.
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Ditto this. Our son walked over 2 miles before tiring at 15 months old. I can't imagine any child past the age of infancy needing a stroller
You do realize that the World Showcase in Epcot is 1.2 miles, right? So your family would maybe enter Epcot, walk around the showcase once, then leave? I guess if that works for you, great. But for many people that would be a huge waste of a vacation.
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You do realize that the World Showcase in Epcot is 1.2 miles, right? So your family would maybe enter Epcot, walk around the showcase once, then leave? I guess if that works for you, great. But for many people that would be a huge waste of a vacation.
Yeah, but since when do you enter the park, do a lap around World Showcase, and then leave? You stop and see shows, go on rides, have a snack, and so forth. You might end up making two circuits of the lake--maybe--throughout the course of several hours. At age 5, my kids had no trouble going from rope drop to fireworks at Epcot, without a stroller. Of course, we aren't "commando" tourists, we went at a fairly leisurely pace.
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