Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Feb 27, 2012
    Chris from IN 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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    Traveling to WDW with our 2 young boys ages 3 and 21 months. Everything is ready to go, except we can't decide if we should bring our side by side double stroller or 2 single ones. Any advice on what would work best would be appreciated.

    Hi there, Chris!

    That's a great question, and one that deserves some consideration.

    I've gone to Walt Disney World with two little ones, and have used, at various times, a tandem double stroller (affectionately nicknamed "The Bus"), and a side-by-side.

    Each of these options has advantages: space, first of all, and storage. A place for packages, and drink holders for the grownups.

    But each one of these also has a significant drawback: maneuverability. When the pedestrian paths are crowded, navigating a wide stroller through crowds of people can become quite a challenge. And while doorways are completely ADA-compliant, sometimes wedging a double stroller through a door and around a stocked store can become quite an obstacle course.

    One other issue to consider is that os independence. If your three-year-old wants to stay, but the baby needs a nap, do you send the entire double stroller with the baby, leaving the three-year-old with no travel option? The two single strollers, I think, afford a measure of freedom for each parent that the double simply cannot.

    Oh - and if you ruin one small umbrella stroller with spills, it's a lot less of an investment than some of the larger, more feature-rich doubles. Some people even purchase two inexpensive doubles in advance of the trip and leave them - or donate them - before the trip home.

    While an initial instinct is to say "bring the double for ease of use," the two considerations of maneuverability and "splitting up-ability" might help you determine a different course of action.

    Have a wonderful trip!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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