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Old 07-03-2013, 01:30 PM   #16
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Not another stroller thread. Do what's best for your family.
Wow, that feels so welcoming. Thanks. Apparently I should have spent a bit longer scrolling through old threads since that is easier than dealing with snark from people who can't be bothered to skip over disinteresting threads.

Otherwise, thanks for the responses. I thought I had most of these things figured out, but reading thread after thread makes you think you need to reconsider some things and ask the people who have BTDT. I don't want to schlep one through an airport, and I don't think we'll need it, so I guess I'll just figure that one out on the fly. That sounds like a cheap way of doing things. (eye roll)
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:43 PM   #17
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If you are asking "do I need a stroller" = the answer is yes!

My DS7 used a stroller in DL because "we" wanted to have a great full day from rope drop to fireworks. We are going back to WDW in October and plan to use a strolled on several of our crazy day.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:53 PM   #18
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Our twins are just about to turn 4 and I can't imagine going without a stroller. At this point, Disney, airports and other crowded carnival-like places are the only place we actually use one.

However, once they got to the point where we used strollers for only these limited things, we got rid of our jogging stroller and got a nice lightweight but sturdy double. That City Elite that first year was a PAIN to travel around wtih. Our new one is about half the weight and folds really easily and compactly.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:58 PM   #19
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Wow, that feels so welcoming. Thanks. Apparently I should have spent a bit longer scrolling through old threads since that is easier than dealing with snark from people who can't be bothered to skip over disinteresting threads.

Otherwise, thanks for the responses. I thought I had most of these things figured out, but reading thread after thread makes you think you need to reconsider some things and ask the people who have BTDT. I don't want to schlep one through an airport, and I don't think we'll need it, so I guess I'll just figure that one out on the fly. That sounds like a cheap way of doing things. (eye roll)
Having it in the airport is a big reason we bring one! MCO is a pretty big airport, imo, plus you have to get on the tram, probably have carry-ons, etc. That and back to the resort at night.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:02 PM   #20
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We put DD in a stroller when she was 18 months and that was the last time. Our plan when she was younger since we went in the summer was rope drop then back to hotel for a break and then back in the evening when things were cooled down. We didn't have a problem carrying and plus we enjoyed it so we could here her reactions and join in on the conversations.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:05 PM   #21
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We bought an umbrella stroller w/ a basket at the bottom. It cost about $25. Now we take it on trips to WDW only. We didnt always need it during the day. We would park it and then come back for it when we wanted to go to another land or leave the park. By the end of the day when DH and I were tired it was nice to have. She fell asleep on the bus almost every night. By having that stroller we were able to open it up and plop her right in it...

It is up to you but like others have said "better to have it and not need it than not have it and want it".
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:10 PM   #22
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This was a hot topic right after we booked our trip. we have a 7 and 5 yo. the last time we went we used our double stroller. There was two areas where were going to miss it. 1 to hold all our stuff. it was perfect to hold backpacks, souvenirs, and had plenty of cup holders 2nd the DW and I enjoy strolling (no pun intended) with an adult beverage around the World Showcase at night, and Kids would always fall asleep in the stroller making it quite enjoyable for us both
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:20 PM   #23
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Having it in the airport is a big reason we bring one! MCO is a pretty big airport, imo, plus you have to get on the tram, probably have carry-ons, etc. That and back to the resort at night.
Thanks! Airports with little kids are so hard!!
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:50 PM   #24
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Wow, that feels so welcoming. Thanks. Apparently I should have spent a bit longer scrolling through old threads since that is easier than dealing with snark from people who can't be bothered to skip over disinteresting threads.

Otherwise, thanks for the responses. I thought I had most of these things figured out, but reading thread after thread makes you think you need to reconsider some things and ask the people who have BTDT. I don't want to schlep one through an airport, and I don't think we'll need it, so I guess I'll just figure that one out on the fly. That sounds like a cheap way of doing things. (eye roll)
Stick around, you will see this question posted at least once a week. :-)

Here is my answer based on our trip just a few days ago. My kids I expect to walk where ever and when ever. They are active and athletics kids who play competitive sports. By this I mean as a family we can go on a 2-3 mile run together. We recently started taking the kids to swim laps at our community pool.

We just went with relatives and a 4 year old (one month shy of 5) who is not use to walking. I mean, she gets tried walking one block and wnats to her dad to carry her from because she is too tired. She needed a stroller, which we had because of her little 10 month old sister anyways (rented a double). If your kids are not use to walk a lot, more than likely you will need the stroller or to start taking them on long walks to build up their endurance. Personally, I would try to build up my kids endurance level as much as possible. Actually, this is a good idea for adults as well. There are many adults who are not use to walking distances who need to build up endurance.

Taking a stroller... or not... really is an individual preference based on the parent's expectations and knowing their own kids.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:01 PM   #25
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Stick around, you will see this question posted at least once a week. :-)

Here is my answer based on our trip just a few days ago. My kids I expect to walk where ever and when ever. They are active and athletics kids who play competitive sports. By this I mean as a family we can go on a 2-3 mile run together. We recently started taking the kids to swim laps at our community pool.

We just went with relatives and a 4 year old (one month shy of 5) who is not use to walking. I mean, she gets tried walking one block and wnats to her dad to carry her from because she is too tired. She needed a stroller, which we had because of her little 10 month old sister anyways (rented a double). If your kids are not use to walk a lot, more than likely you will need the stroller or to start taking them on long walks to build up their endurance. Personally, I would try to build up my kids endurance level as much as possible. Actually, this is a good idea for adults as well. There are many adults who are not use to walking distances who need to build up endurance.

Taking a stroller... or not... really is an individual preference based on the parent's expectations and knowing their own kids.
I agree with the bolded. DD walked most of a week at Disney when she was 22 months old. She is 3 and we go on family hikes/nature walks. She walks them on her own. She walks everywhere all the time. She can walk over 3 miles before she needs/wants a break. When we go back to Disney she will be the same age as your daughter. Sept/Oct trip with 5th birthday in December. I have no plans to use a stroller for her. She can walk it so she will. Shows and ice cream breaks are a great rest.

BUT, if your DD is not used to walking a lot then you will most likely need a stroller.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:04 PM   #26
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My kids are out of a stroller at home by about 3. At Disney, more like 6. It's just....different. And my kids walked 2 miles to school at 5! I am offering no other opinions because it is such a hot button topic.

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Old 07-03-2013, 03:13 PM   #27
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YES! We took our five- and three-year-olds in April, and we must have said a thousand times that renting from Apple Strollers was one of the best decisions we made in preparation for our trip. I absolutely would not go with small kids without one. By the way, neither of my girls uses a stroller at home. We don't even own one anymore. But, again, the heat, the crowds....it's just too much without some place of reprieve...
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:29 PM   #28
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I have a 7 and 5 year old. We rent Disney strollers. My 5 year old is big enough to deal with traveling from hotel to park, but in the park she needs a place to sit and rest her feet. When they were younger we used side by side. Disney is alot of walking espevially for those little legs.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:00 PM   #29
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My DD is about the same age and I will be taking one for our Sept trip. We go from rope drop to park close for 8 days and while she has never been a napper and doesn't want to stop what we are doing for a rest her little legs just can't keep up all day. We use it to get into the park and to an area then we park and do that whole area by foot the she gets a ride to the next area and back to the resort at night.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:06 PM   #30
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DD is the same age and we will be renting a stroller, not sure yet how much we will have to use it but want one on hand just in case.
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