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  • On May 31, 2009
    Skie from NE Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Going to WDW in August with husband and two sons, ages 5 and 6. They are "too big" for a stroller, but I'm afraid of them becoming tired and cranky with all the walking. Any suggestions on ways to transport them w/o making them feel like "babies"?

    Hi Skie,

    How exciting to be planning your family's upcoming Disney World trip. Two of my sons are 7 and 9, so I am very aware of how tired and cranky they can get after a long day in the parks. It can be a great deal of walking and waiting and it will most likely be hot in August.

    I have to admit that we still rent and use one of Disney's double strollers almost every day of our trip. My boys are to big to sit in a regular stroller from home, but Disney's strollers are made of a hard plastic material and are roomier and more durable than our personal strollers. The double stroller has a bench style seat and depending on your son's sizes, they could probably still fit into a double stroller together. As for feeling like a baby, I think you will find a large number of kids that would be "to old for a stroller at home", like having a place to sit and rest while you do all the work. We often see older children happily climbing into a Disney stroller with no worries of their age or what the other kids might think. We usually wait to see how our boys are feeling as the day goes on and if needed, we venture back up to the park entrance to rent a stroller. Strollers are available for rent all day long.

    If your boys are completely against the stroller transportation, just be sure to stop and rest. Most of the Disney shows and attractions are inside air-conditioned theaters with seats so you should have plenty of chances to take breaks throughout the day. There are benches throughout all the parks and even a return trip to the resort for an afternoon swim is a great way to rejuvenate their energy level. Most importantly, remember to enjoy the day at your family's pace. Slow down and do just what your boys have the energy for. This will help prevent any tantrums or exhaustion from setting in and make the vacation magical for all.
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

I'm Margaret, a busy wife, mom to 3 sons, & full time paralegal. I've been visiting Disney World for twenty years & still can't wait for my next visit.  I hope that I can help other families experience the magic that our family finds in every trip. Learn More About Margaret

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