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Old 07-03-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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Do we need a stroller?

I know that's a individual decision, but from your experience....

My youngest will be almost 5 when we go (trip Sept, birthday Dec.). I doubt we will spend more than 5-6 hours at a time in a park, and her daddy will undoubtedly carry her on his shoulders from time to time. I have a great jogging stroller I'd rather take (rather than rent, I mean) if I'm going to need a stroller, and based on what a lot of you guys have said, I'm starting to think I'd be an idiot not to take it, but I originally thought we'd be fine without. We are flying, so I'm not lugging it unless you guys tell me I'm an idiot, lol!
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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Our family cut-off has always been 4, BUT many on the DIS feel that up to 9 or 10 is fine! I would never push a 10 year old around in a stroller, if anything they can push me around in one at that age, but hey if it works for them!

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Old 07-03-2013, 12:23 PM   #3
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Personally, I would bring a stroller for a four year old.

We bought a cheap umbrella stroller ($20) before we left and gate checked it at the airport. It was small and easy to fold but perfect when we needed it.

It was especially useful when we rode the bus back to our resort in the evenings. My daughter always fell asleep on the bus, so as we exited the bus, we would pop the stroller open, put her in it and then grab a coffee or snack from the food court. Perfect!
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:25 PM   #4
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Not another stroller thread. Do what's best for your family.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:27 PM   #5
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We only rented one once when my DD was 4 (in Epcot). The rest of our days in the parks she walked or her father carried her. Mostly she walked. Our other child was 6 and didn't need one at all.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:35 PM   #6
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I remember a time when my twin boys were 7. We thought there was no need for a stroller. They were out of that at home why would we need this?

After the second day of exhausted children in the heat (even though we only spent half a day in the park) we found the stroller was just a necessity for them and for Mom and Dad's sanity.

Now we would usually go at rope drop and leave for lunch/break then head back to the park at 5/6pm for the evenings.

I would recommend renting a stroller from an outside company for the week. On one evening toward the end of our trip the boys were just too tired and fell asleep in the "disney" rented stroller. Mom and Dad had to carry them to the monorail and back to room after we returned the stroller at the gate (stayed at the Poly). However, being this was July 4th time frame the entrance to get on the monorail was a very long wait. We still tease the boys about that today.

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Old 07-03-2013, 12:36 PM   #7
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I used one when first DD was 4, would never have though about going without one then. With the heat, and the crowds etc, it was better for her to be in a stroller.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #8
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I say yes to the stroller. Crowds, heat, pace are things to consider. We don't use one at home but will use a small umbrella stroller that we can gate check, for our upcoming trip.

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Old 07-03-2013, 12:53 PM   #9
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My DD is 5 and we were there in May. She doesn't normally use a stroller, but we brought ours which is a Combi... So the stroller was not big, but it has a good canopy.

I found it helpful to have a stroller. The canopy help shield her from the sun, too.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:37 PM   #10
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Bring it. Better to have it and not need it than to not have it and need it. DD2 will be nearly 5 this year and we're taking one. Last year for her 4th birthday DD1 was 7 and still wanted in it and we didn't bring a second stroller for her so we had to share despite the fact that my wife and I didn't think she should be in one. She's too big for it now so she'll have to walk and we've expressed that to her many times over. At age 5 though I would definitely bring it. Dad's shoulders get sore after a bit and sweaty and yucky.

If you get through the first day and she's not wanting it then leave it in the hotel afterwards. You will also find they are great for schleping stuff.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:42 PM   #11
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I wouldn't bet on daddy wanting to do the shoulder thing a whole lot. It can be very hot, and there are many low hanging signs you just don't notice until you have a little one up high. My brother in law managed to crack his son's head pretty hard on one during a shoulder ride. That was the last time he was up there.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:49 PM   #12
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I am not even joking.... I saw a 13/14 year old in a stroller last week at DHS. So people go up to ALL kinds of ages.

We stopped strollering when our youngest turned three... you know your own child and what he/she can do.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:51 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Disneylover99 View Post
We bought a cheap umbrella stroller ($20) before we left and gate checked it at the airport. It was small and easy to fold but perfect when we needed it.
Yeah, that sounds ideal to me, too. It's easy to fold and unfold, light enough to carry when you're not using it, and not cumbersome like a large stroller when you are. Plus, as you say, it's cheap enough that you don't really care if it gets banged up or even if you don't bring it home with you afterwards.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:59 PM   #14
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Not another stroller thread. Do what's best for your family.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:20 PM   #15
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Better to bring it and not need to use it than to not have it and want it.

Otherwise, I agree with the others, do what is best for your family once you arrive.
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