Mom And Son On Run
  • On Apr 19, 2013
    Mindy Asked

    I keep seeing references to strollers. My kids are 6 & 9. Do parents really use strollers at these ages to help manage all of the walking? Aren't they physically too big? We will be at WDW for 1 wk this summer. It will be their first time at WDW.

    Hi Mindy,

    We finally abandoned our stroller with each of our daughters when they were 5 or 6. By that point, the only place we used it was at Walt Disney World.

    It's a tough call. On the one hand, by that age, they were getting too tall to fit comfortably and didn't want or need it for much of a long theme park day. Boarding Disney transportation got MUCH easier without a stroller. So did negotiating crowded areas.

    On the other hand, especially when they were 6 or 7, they missed being able to rest their little feet and legs while we kept moving. And I missed having a place to store extra gear, such as snacks, drinks, rain ponchos and jackets.

    That said, if you still own a stroller, I wouldn't recommend that you bring it. It would just be extra baggage that you might or might not use.

    Instead, I'd suggest that you keep in the back of your mind that strollers are available for rent inside the theme parks if you find you need them. The rental strollers are made of hard plastic, low to the ground and can fit larger children.

    My best advice to keep your children -- and yourself -- from becoming weary is to pace yourself and allow time for short rest breaks, drinks and snacks. The best Disney days are strolls, not sprints.

    I hope that answers your question. Please let me know if I can offer any other advice. Enjoy your time with your family!

    Wilma
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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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