• On Aug 3, 2012
    Kim from PA 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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    I am traveling with a 5 year old for our first trip to Disney. I do not know if a stroller is needed for a 5 year old. I keep thinking by the end of the day she is going to be tired. I do not know whether to rent or fly with my stroller.

    Hi, Kim!

    When we brought 5-year-olds to Walt Disney World, we either brought a heavy-duty umbrella stroller or rented a stroller in the park. Although we'd never need a stroller for a 5-year-old at home, you are absolutely right about the little legs being tired at the end of a park day. Without a stroller, one of us would end up carrying the little one to the park exit, to the bus stop, to the room, etc. It's just a lot of walking all day, and those little legs have to work double-time just to keep up.

    If your instinct is thinking that your little princess will be too tired by the end of the day to walk, I suggest that you either bring that stroller or rent at the park. You may even decide to rent the stroller (or use your own) only on certain days, such as a long day when you have an early morning breakfast reservation and plans to watch a show at night. Larger parks, such as Epcot, will tucker out little legs more easily, too, so an Epcot day would be a perfect example of when to bring a stroller,

    For some reason, 5 seems to be that one year where the little ones would never need a stroller at home, but simply can't keep up, or keep going, when at WDW. You'll all be happier if the little one isn't simply too exhausted to stay a bit longer, too.

    Please send more questions as you think of them; we love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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