Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On May 10, 2009
    Kristin from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    My daughter is a big 6 yr old (the size of most 9 yr olds). My concern is that she is too big for strollers. What options are available if she is getting tired of all the walking (4 day trip)?

    Hi Kristin!

    I have really tall kids too (mine are almost 7 an almost 5).  We have no idea where they came from because my hubby and I are both vertically challenged!  I have a few ideas for your princess.  First, what some people with older kids do is rent a double stroller for each.  The double park strollers have a bench-type seat, making it much wider, and more comfortable than a single.  They also have a "high" canopy, so she should be fine riding in it without bopping her head on the awning.  Another idea is to get an umbrella stroller that holds older kids.  We use the MacClaren Volo model, and it can accommodate children up to 55 pounds.  My oldest son's head still does not reach the canopy.  The other great thing is that this stroller weighs less than 10 pounds, which makes it a snap to travel with.  Most jogging-style strollers can accommodate larger children.  I've seen several models that can hold kids pushing 65 pounds.  You might want to search eBay or some local consignment shops for one.  I've had luck with both of these.  Finally, you can get an inexpensive umbrella stroller (without a canopy) and just ensure your daughter has a good hat to protect her from the sun.  This way, you don't have to worry about her head hitting the awning.

    As you probably know from my posts about strollers, I'm a big fan of kids riding in them for as long as possible.  Obviously, your daughter no longer uses a stroller at home, but the walking at Disney can tire out a marathon runner, let alone a little girl!  In addition, the stroller will enable you to traverse the parks at an adult's pace rather than that of a tired little one.  Finally, it's a great place to hang your park bag, rather than lugging it around all day.

    Have a great trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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