Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Jan 27, 2011
    Rachel from ME Asked

    i have a 6 year old who has a hard time walikg for long periods of time or for a long distance is she to old for me to rent a stroller cause my husband and i was thinking about renting one for all the walking that is required at disney.

    You should absolutely feel comfortable renting a stroller for your child if you feel it is needed.

    Our son was born three months premature and had problems with his stamina for many years. He tired easily and was prone to toe-walking which made him clumsy too. He had just turned 5 years old the last time he used a stroller at Walt Disney World. We brought our own umbrella stroller. He was getting big for the umbrella stroller, but he also needed it for really long walks from the parking lot to the room, etc.

    I'm sure we received many stares as to why we were pushing around a child that looked capable of walking. However, we knew that with his low stamina, toe-walking and asthma that the stroller still worked best for our son. By the following year, he was able to walk all of Walt Disney World on his own although he needed some "rest breaks" such as a few minutes sitting on a bench.

    I would suggest starting at home with family walks to build up stamina. Remember at Walt Disney World, you'll be doing most of your walking between attractions. Once you are on a ride, in a show or dining at a restaurant, you'll be taking a rest off of your feet. You may want to try your first day without the stroller and see how it goes.

    Our son just turned 11 and while he usually has a lot of energy, there are still times in Walt Disney World when he'll ask to rest on a nearby bench. We respectfully give him the time he needs to re-energize (usually just a few minutes) and then we are on our way again. After all, even Mom and Dad need rest breaks too!

    -Pace yourselves to slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of Walt Disney World.
    -Take mid-day breaks back at your resort.

    It's more important to savor your vacation than rush through unmemorable, tiring days.





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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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