Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 20, 2010
    Stacey from NE 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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    Have a 4 year old traveling to WDW in June.. Will we need a stroller? If so does anyone know if you can carry on an umbrella stroller. Also we were wondering about renting a car vs disney transport. We are staying at the Carribean resort... any adivce?

    Hi Stacey!

    I recommend bringing a stroller. My wife would laugh if she saw this because I refused to bring a stroller after my youngest turned 3. I ended up carrying him... a lot... or renting a stroller in the theme parks!  All of the theme parks in Walt Disney World are large; Epcot is huge!  An inside joke is "Epcot stands for Every Person Comes Out Tired". So even if your 4 year old doesn't use a stroller at home, I recommend bringing one. You should talk to your airline about the stroller and if there will be any fees. When we've flown with one in the past, we would wheel the stroller right to the plane and they would take it at the door to the plane; we never had to pay a fee. However, different airlines have different rules.

    You can rent a stroller at Walt Disney World, but it is relatively expensive. In fact it is so expensive that some guests stop and buy a stroller on the way to Walt Disney World and then leave it behind when they leave. You can also buy them in most resort hotels.

    I almost always rent a car. I like the freedom a car provides. I like the ability to have meals in various resort hotels and having a car really makes that easier. I also like to just hop in a car and go where I want when I want. That's really helpful at Caribbean Beach Resort because that hotel is huge. It can be a long walk to Old Port Royale, the main services building, to a bus stop, etc. Then there is the waiting for a bus to come. I've learned over the years that you can save time or money at Walt Disney World, but usually not both at the same time. However, a lot of guests absolutely love Disney transportation. It's hard to beat free and a lot of guests don't mind waiting for a bus; they like to leave the driving to Disney. In fact, I know a lot of guests who drive to Walt Disney World, park their car at their resort, and never touch it again for a week or more while they are visiting!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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