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  • On Mar 26, 2011
    Louis from NY Asked

    Very excited @ our 1st family trip 5/8-5/13 w/ DD 5, DS 4, & twin DS 1.5 (are we insane?) - staying @ Contemporary - character meals everyday - planning to visit 4 theme parks - desperately need stroller advice - was planning 2 doubles, what do you thi

    Hi Louis,

    If you're insane, then so am I (my husband and I regularly travel to Disney with 5 kids). ;)

    You are going to have an amazing vacation with your family! It looks like you have a great plan in place:

    The Contemporary is a great choice with little ones. You'll be close enough to leave the Magic Kingdom if you need to go back and take an afternoon nap. It is walking distance from that park, or you can hop on the monorail.

    You are going to love the character meals, as these provide a great chance to get up close with some favorites without having to wait in line.

    You are definitely going to want strollers for all of your kids (even your 5 year old). Their little legs can get awfully tired. Here is what I recommend: I would bring one double stroller from home for the 2 littlest ones. Those are more comfortable and they'll be more apt to take a nap. In addition, you'll be able to bring that stroller out of the parks, so you can plop the kids in it when going from your room to the buses, etc. For the opposite reason, I'd rent one double in the parks. The Disney strollers are really sturdy and are great for preschoolers. They aren't overly comfy, but even my 6 year old fits with ease. You'll leave that stroller in the park at night, which will be important. I am picturing you doing what I've done many times: Trying to fold up the stroller for the bus, while juggling sleeping babies, diaper bags, souvenirs, etc, etc. You'll want to only have to deal with folding one stroller at the end of the day, while your wife holds a baby or two. One thing that you'll likely find to be great news: Strollers do not have to be collapsed on the monorail (just buses). So for the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, you can keep the littlest ones in one spot.

    Hope this helps and have a wonderful vacation,

    Kaylene
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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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