Would you still use a stroller at DL for a 4-year-old?

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  1. jaxy82

    jaxy82 Earning My Ears

    Mar 7, 2013
    Hi there; I'm new here!

    We're taking our kids on our first family trip to DL in May; my daughter will be 16 months old and my son will be turning four while we're there. We are debating whether to take two strollers, or just one ... He has a lot of stamina but it's so much walking ... On the other hand, if he doesn't want to ride, it could be a pain to drag around, and could impede us from making quick moves like trying the wide right theory for RSR.

    Curious about whether you would; or if you have any tips?
  2. thespores

    thespores Earning My Ears

    Jan 6, 2013
    We rented a double stroller for our 2 and 4 yr old (almost 5) and it was a life saver! We could just move faster from land to land. We would often just park it at one place and then walk to several rides at a time.
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  4. larina

    larina DIS Veteran

    Aug 11, 2011
    Hi Jaxi, welcome! I would take a stroller for a 4 year, maybe even a 5 year old. You'll get a slew of answers here, but if you think you might need one, take it, or plan to rent one.
  5. CaliDisneyMama

    CaliDisneyMama Mouseketeer

    Jan 24, 2013
    Absolutely positively yes. We are here right now with our 4.5 yr old, who also typically has a lot of stamina, but our stroller has been invaluable. It's easy enough to park it in a particular land and leave it while you do the rides in that land and then pick it up before you move on, so it's always close by when you need it. I would not do DL with a four year old without a stroller. Maybe not even a five year old.
  6. Rubygoose

    Rubygoose Everybody's got a laughing place

    Jul 11, 2012
    Bring the stroller. We had a double four our first trip when the kids were 2 and 4, then used it again when they were almost 3 and 5. This year DD is turning 6 during the trip, and we're planning on renting a double (don't use strollers at home any more.) It'll be hot and the kids will have had some late nights, so it's nice to let them ride in the stroller. They even both slept in it at the same time! It's nice to have a basket and a place to toss your stuff.
  7. kirstie101

    kirstie101 DIS Veteran

    Apr 21, 2008
    When DD was 4 we took a stroller for her. When she was 5 I still brought one to the parks for her that we used in the evening when she was tired. I would definitely bring one for a 4 year old.
  8. kami808

    kami808 Earning My Ears

    Jan 28, 2013
    I plan on renting a double for my 5.5 and 2.5 year-old kids. I figure if I get tired walking around, my 5.5 year-old would too! Plus if he goes in the stroller then his lil sis is more likely to stay in there too.
  9. cypressmom

    cypressmom Love my Disney vacations!

    Jun 10, 2009
  10. todzwife

    todzwife <font color=darkorchid>There's nothing worse than

    Nov 6, 2007
    Without a doubt! My 6 year old ended up in the stroller a LOT in November, and my 9 year old even hitched a ride! It's a LOT of walking!
  11. WinGS

    WinGS Earning My Ears

    Feb 18, 2011
    I would bring one. The kids tire at night and we like bringing the stroller to carry some of our stuff like water bottles, snacks and light jackets for those cool evenings.
  12. profa

    profa Mouseketeer

    Feb 18, 2012
    yes. we brought a stroller for just 4 yr old last june and we did take breaks but I think the stroller helped her not get so tired and saved all of us for the evening hrs.
    It's a long day.
    We were there two days ago and had to use stroller for her broken leg but I would have brought one anyway and you don't have to worry about them getting lost when they are in the stroller. also it didn't stop us from making that wide right and jumping on RSR first thing.
  13. sherilaine

    sherilaine DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    If memory serves me correctly my kids were not fast enough walkers to keep up to me when they were 4 - so yes, take one.
  14. mmmears

    mmmears DIS Veteran

    Nov 30, 2005
    We brought one with us when our DD just turned 5 -- just in case. We never needed it. Not once. But it was good to have it in the hotel room if she became tired. It was fabulous not having to use it, though! So much easier to get around. ;)
  15. Lstockma

    Lstockma Earning My Ears

    Apr 7, 2010
    I just returned from a trip and my son turned 4 while we were there. We used the stroller for him every day, and we NEVER use one at home. If you are already parking another stroller for rides, I would not hesitate. Another option is a buggy board, of it will work with your other stroller.
  16. Aust

    Aust DIS Veteran

    Jan 4, 2007
    Yes, take the stroller for the 4 year old! My son was almost 4 on out last trip and never uses a stroller at home, but he used it all the time at DL. Even our 8 year old would sit in it if her brother was walking for a bit.
  17. DLmama

    DLmama Mouseketeer

    Sep 10, 2012
    Absolutely! DS has been a couple of times since turning 4. We'll be going a few more times this year and will definitely bring the stroller. We usually leave the stroller in the hotel room for the morning/early afternoon and bring it back to the parks for the evening. We found that we were parking the stroller a lot during the day and DS was riding in it more at night. So, we just started leaving it at the hotel. :cool1:
  18. DarthMole

    DarthMole DIS Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    I would take one for him but don't be surprised if you don't need it. We took our kids a few years back and my son turned 4 on the trip. We had just spent two days in San Diego (Sea World and Zoo) so our first DL day was his third day in a row of being on the go. We thought he'd need one for sure so we lugged it along. It ended up holding our backpack all day and was a real pain in the rear. We left it in the room the rest of the trip and had no issues.
  19. wallawallakids

    wallawallakids DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2012
    I am another one who says YES! I am probably going to take one for our 5 yr olds! I am hoping it is the last year we need to take one but they still get tired walking all day. (I am only taking a single though, so they are going to have to take turns!) When my older two turned 6 they were both fine keeping up all day but at 4 all 4 of them still needed a stroller. Have a great trip!
  20. superme80

    superme80 DIS Veteran

    May 2, 2010
    YES!!! We took a double for our 2 and 4 year old. The 4 year old rode in it a lot.
  21. Casey's Mommie

    Casey's Mommie Nothing makes a Mommy happier than hearing her bab

    Jul 16, 2007
    I used a stroller for my dd through age 5. For a 4 year old I would definitely take it and it's nice to have it to hold stuff!)

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