Mom And Son Safari
  • On Jul 9, 2009
    Melissa from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! We are going for a week long trip in December and I keep reading about all the walking and the parks are HUGE. How did your older kids react to all the walking? Schould I bring an extra umbrella stroller to help us along? My DD will be six when we go.

    Melissa:

    Before I answer your question, I have to admit: I'm the mom who brings a stroller to the mall, not for the children, but for my packages!  

    Although the parks are large, our family's been multiple times while three of our four children were the age of your daughter, and they fared well.  You can cover A LOT of ground without having to maneuver, park and then find a stroller....

    However, there was one exception to our children faring well without a stroller: a summer day in July at Magic Kingdom.  Two things worked together to make our day miserable: the heat and the fact that I didn't listen to my friend's advice and leave the park for an afternoon nap!

    One thing that's in your favor is the weather in December which, in my opinion, is gorgeous.  Sweat pants weather!  Just add a light jacket at night.  This alone holds off fatigue that many young ones experience from the Florida summer sun. 

    And I'll pass along what my friend did:  before you feel fatigued, plan on taking a break from the park.  Here's the scenario: it's after lunch, everyone still feels great, so you decide to push on through the afternoon in the park.  Evening comes around and the kids are grouchy and don't want to stay for the Spectromagic parade and are crying!  If only you could go back to 1 p.m.!  If you don't bring a stroller, be prudent and take a rest.

    Bottom line: The weather and a prudent, patient park plan may allow you to forget the stroller.  However, if you've got room to bring the stroller, do it (afterall, it'll save you money buying one on property).  Epcot would be the only park I might recommend it--and if you don't use it, you can always put your souvenirs in it!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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