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  • On Jan 18, 2022
    Taylor from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How old is too old to bring our stroller for our kids? They are ages 5 and 8. I don’t think they need it (and would never ride on a normal day) but don’t want to be stuck carrying a napping child on long days, and could use the storage? I’m torn…help?

    Hi, Taylor.

    Welcome to planDisney! Your vacation to The Most Magical Place on Earth is just around the riverbend, so I bet you are counting down the days. I can't wait for your family to experience all the fun of the 50th Anniversary Celebration and the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival on your trip!

    I'm so glad you stopped by with this excellent question. You know how Moana says there's no telling how far she'll go? I think the same sentiment applies when it comes to the amount of walking you're likely to do on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. My family averages 10 to 13 miles a day on our trips, but my husband and I have walked over 22 miles in a single park day before. That distance can be taxing for adults who are not used to that much walking, much less children who have shorter legs and smaller steps.

    For that reason, it's not uncommon to see kids of all ages cruising around in strollers. I mean, my adult husband would happily ride around in a stroller if I let him! I'm willing to bet that even if your sweet kiddos would not ride in a stroller on a normal day at home, they will likely welcome the idea of giving their feet a rest on your days in the theme parks. 

    We brought my older niece with us to Walt Disney World when she was 5-years old and again when she was 6. On both occasions, we brought a stroller with us. While she did not use a stroller at home normally, you could tell she was grateful for a place to sit while getting to the next attraction or activity. We were equally as grateful to have somewhere for her to rest at the end of the night, rather than carrying around a sleeping kiddo when we were tired ourselves.

    In November, we vacationed with my large, multigenerational family again. My nieces were 8 and 11 at the time of our trip. We did not bring a stroller this time around, but I wish we had. It was my 8-year old niece's first trip, and the amount of walking was hard on her little body. I definitely think having a stroller would have been beneficial, even for a kid her age.

    While there are size limitations to the strollers allowed on property, there are no guidelines that mention a specific age limit at this time. All considering, I think whether you bring a stroller or not is truly a personal decision. Step back and determine what would work best for your children and family in general. Are your children likely to handle miles and miles of walking well? Will it put your mind at ease knowing you have it to help carry the literal and figurative load? Would having a stroller positively affect the trajectory of your theme park days? Even if you're not sure it would have a positive effect, there's no harm in bringing a stroller with you. In fact, I think it would only make your days run more smoothly. I say go for it!

    If you're still unsure, you could opt to leave your stroller at home and see how day one in the parks go. If you can tell the lack of a stroller isn't working out well for your children, you have the option of renting one at the theme parks. Keep in mind, there is a weight limit to consider if you rent a stroller directly from Walt Disney World.

    Taylor, no matter what you ultimately decide to do, I just know your children will have the time of their lives! You are one rock star momma for making their dreams come true! They will remember all the joyous fun and special moments you share together. I just know you will make magical memories to last a lifetime no matter what!

    Wishing you all the pixie dust, 
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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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