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  • On Mar 4, 2010
    Kim from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be in WDW July 5-13. I have a 5 and 7 year old. Together they weigh 90 pounds. In your experience, should I bring my double stroller? Pushing 100+ pounds around on a HOT day won't be enjoyable for me but do you think they'll need it? Thanks!

    In my family, the last time we brought a stroller to WDW was when my twins were not quite six years old. There is so much walking at WDW that we did end up using strollers at Disney World for more than a year after they stopped using a stroller at home. Your kids are at that tricky age, where they are certainly old enough to walk, but will lots of walking make them too cranky to enjoy the parks?

    I rarely recommend that guests rent stroller at WDW, but yours is a situation where taking a "wait and see" approach and renting from WDW might make the most sense. Try going without the stroller and see how the kids do. If they don't know that a stroller is an option, then likely they will be fine. However, if you find that they do wilt, then you can always rent a stroller from WDW for part of your trip. You could even call a service like orlandostrollerrentals.com during your trip to have them bring one over to you.

    If you'd like to avoid using a stroller, I have some tips for you:

    - Get up early and be at the parks before they open. In the summer, you will be MUCH cooler if you do this and will experience significantly shorter lines for the attractions.

    - Try to work lots of indoor, air-conditioned attractions into your touring plan, as well as shows where the kids can sit down to rest a bit.

    - Take a break in the afternoon. Go back to your hotel and swim or nap. This will refresh everyone, including you.

    - Make your touring plan so that you minimize unnecessary walking. If you avoid criss-crossing the parks, you can cut down on miles worth of walking each day.

    - Make sure your kids know how to contact you in the very unlikely even that you become separated from them. If you know they have your cell phone number memorized, you'll have more peace of mind.

    Good luck and have a great trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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