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  • On Apr 5, 2010
    Linda from TX Asked

    We are visiting WDW with a 5 year old in May. I have read where people suggest bringing an umbrella stroller for a child his age. My mother will be going and thinks he's too big. What are the pros and cons? We are staying at hotel close by but not at WDW.

    Hi Linda,

    Welcome to the Moms Panel, how exciting that the countdown is on for your upcoming vacation!  I have no problem admitting that Walt Disney World has an amazing way of allowing us to get away with things we wouldn't typically do at home - such as wear a giant Goofy hat, giggle over seeing a furry character, or giving our not-so-little ones a break by letting them ride in a stroller.

    Personally,  I would much rather let my five year old ride in a stroller to endure a long day in the parks while remaining relatively happy - than to force him to walk because as soon as he gets tired, the day is over and we can cue the meltdown.  There is a LOT of walking involved in a Disney vacation, and it is in your entire party's best interest to save the feet and legs of the little ones.  They can make or break the mood of the day.

    The only cons I can think of is that it is somewhat hard to push an umbrella stroller for older kids.  They don't maneuver quite as nicely as the children get bigger.  You also will need to fold it up to ride any of the trams to the parking lot.  You could always rent a stroller while in the parks, the rental strollers maneuver very easily - even with bigger children.

    I hope this helps!
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Ahoy matey!  My name is Karen and if there is such a person as the all-American Disney Mom, I'm it. I am a proud card-carrying member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Karen

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