Is my Child TOO OLD for a Stroller at Disney?

Headed to Disney and wondering if your child is too old for a Stroller? Worried people might stare? READ ON…

Dear Nina, thanks for all your tips and advice!! We are so excited to be working with you!! Question? Is my 6, almost 7 year old, too old for a stroller at Disney World? My husband is worried that people will stare or make comments. I am worried about pushing a larger kid all day, but he can get kinda whinny and with all the walking I was curious on what you think? Plus, we don’t even own a stroller for him anymore. HELP, LOL.

Hi Sarah (aka Client), I so get this. I felt the same when our oldest was that age. But first, thanks for the sweet comments – I love helping out my peeps. Keep following my page for more tips & tricks.

So…Pushing an older or even larger child in a stroller can be draining, this is why I personally try to find a lightweight stroller and I try not to load it up with bags and trinkets. I try to keep it to just my kid in the stroller. As far as the should you…read below for my thoughts:

First – WHO CARES:

First of all, its Disney, kids everywhere will be in strollers. I am not sure if there are people who are judging the ages of children in strollers, but if there are, who cares! You paid for this trip, its your magical vacation and if you feel that your child (no matter the age) needs a stroller, you go for it. As in our case, it was a matter of sanity. If having our kid in a stroller meant less meltdowns, less drama and less whinny – we 100% strollered.

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER:

So, if you are on the fence, consider this. If your child doesn’t use a stroller at home and they can easily walk long distances when at the zoo, mall or even family walks around the neighborhood, think about this: At Disney you could be walking 10+ miles a day? Can your child do this for days on end, in the heat? Walking around the zoo all day, is ONE day…Disney is multiple days. Do you think your child can handle that?

PURCHASING A STROLLER:

As you mentioned, you don’t own a stroller for your child anymore, either did we, lol. So when I decided to stroller my 7 year old, I had to purchase one. We could have rented, but I wanted something super lightweight, I wanted a cheap umbrella stroller as they are easier to maneuver and collapse. So I took my giant (lol) child to the Baby Store and had her sit in all the strollers. I purchased the one that gave her the most space and leg room. I went as lightweight, cheap and roomy as I could get it. We did get some looks from surrounding pregnant moms, but figured they would understand soon enough, lol.

PRO- TIP:

If you decide to stroller, here is my little tip. So you find that you don’t need the stroller the entire day or you just don’t feel like pushing it all day, we found that we could leave our stroller at any Stroller Parking Area and return for it later, as needed. We also had 2 trips where we brought the stroller as an “in case” and left it in the room. If we felt like we needed, we used it the next day. Either way, I was happy to have it just in case. As your Travel Agent we can discuss this at great detail to make sure you are making the best decision for your family. But in general, I do suggest a stroller, if for anything…peace of mind and less kid drama.

Like what you read? Found these tips helpful? Consider booking with a Trained, Experienced Travel Agent who vacations at Disney more times than they can count and knows the systems and policies inside and out. Booking with an expert CAN make your trip that much better.

Nina is a Highly Experienced Travel Agent who Specializes in Disney. She loves to share her knowledge and help her clients have the trip of a lifetime. She specializes in Making Memories, Family Destinations, Food Allergies and Special Needs. But she books Disney & Beyond, so contact her TODAY for a quote!!

How to SAVE on a Disney Vacation

Wanting to Visit Disney, but trying to save a buck? Learn how to save on a Disney Vacation very easily.

Dear Nina, I was just watching your “How to Save at Disney” Video and was wondering…can I really use Disney Gift Cards to pay off my trip? How much can I save? Do you suggest it? Is this the best way to save on my Disney Vacation?

Hi Reader, thanks for contacting me. Yes, yes you can!! And I get this question alot. I have many clients who do this and have saved several hundred dollars when using Disney Gift Cards to pay off their ENTIRE Disney Vacation. On a $4000+ trip, I had a client save about $200 or so doing this recently.

The key to making this work, to actually SAVE a decent amount on these cards, is to purchase them at a Discount. The other key is to purchase MANY. You aren’t going to save much by doing this for a few hundred, to really save you need to do this for the entire trip cost, think thousands. Below are my additional thoughts on this:

HOW TO PURCHASE:

Many of my clients have done this, most purchasing them online, from an authorized vendor that offers discounts for every card purchased (careful there are SCAMMERS out there too). Others purchase at their local grocery store, Target, etc when Gift Cards are sold at a discount. I love the idea of grabbing a few cards every-time you are shopping, toss them in the cart and save weekly/monthly…assuming you are getting a discount on the cards. Either way, make sure they are OFFICIAL Disney Gift Cards.

SAVE THOSE CARDS:

So, you decided to do this and now have many, many cards hanging around. SAVE THEM ALL, don’t toss them away. If, for any reason, you get funds back, they will go back on those exact cards. So grab a Ziploc or box and save those babies until your trip is complete and memories were made.

POTENTIAL CONCERN:

So, this sounds amazing right?!?! Save a few hundred off your vacation, instantly…but with everything…there is a slight concern. My personal concern on this is, what if you need to cancel your trip due to a financial emergency? Like you totaled your car or lost your job or find yourself needing funds quickly, so you cancel your vacation to rebook at a later date. Issue is, you aren’t getting cash back, you are getting Disney Gift Card funds back. Can’t pay off your emergency bills with a Disney Gift Card. Just food for thought. I personally prefer saving with my Disney Visa Card, earning points for every dollar spent. I have saved BIG that way.

PRO- TIP:

Assuming you decide to do this trick and get thousands of dollars worth of Disney Gift Cards, my PRO TIP – make sure to consolidate them. To pay off your trip, using Gift Cards, you have to enter them EACH in, manually…refreshing the page every-time. So grouping them into larger amounts and thus, less cards is key. And better yet, book with a Travel Agent and let her use her magic to pay your trip off with those Gift Cards 😉

Like what you read? Found these tips helpful? Consider booking with a Trained, Experienced Travel Agent who vacations at Disney more times than they can count and knows the systems and policies inside and out. Booking with an expert CAN make your trip that much better.

Nina is a Highly Experienced Travel Agent who Specializes in Disney. She loves to share her knowledge and help her clients have the trip of a lifetime. She specializes in Making Memories, Family Destinations, Food Allergies and Special Needs. But she books Disney & Beyond, so contact her TODAY for a quote!!

Snacks with Character – Vegan & Food Allergies

Headed to the parks with Food Allergies or Vegan? Visiting Disneyland or Disney World and worried about snacks? Read ON about Snacks with Character.

Hey Guys, as I finish editing ALL of my Disneyland VLOGS I am remembering a few things I discovered OR REdiscovered at BOTH Disney Theme Parks. Snacks with Character, perfect for vegans and those with Food Allergies. Anyone know what I am talking about? These treats were once available and then mysteriously disappeared. Many speculated as to why, but I am HAPPY to announce they are back – Both at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Snacks with Character:

These are pre-packaged snacks that are sold in the Parks/Resorts. They are designed for people with Food Allergies or have dietary restrictions. So when the rest of park goers are eating cute cupcakes with Mouse Ears…we get Snacks with Character. As they aren’t the same as a Cupcake, it is nice to have an option. And to have a package with characters on it, kids don’t feel so left out.

Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars
Food Labeling with the Enjoy Life Logo
Enjoy Life:

If you have Food Allergies, you know this company. You have heard of them before and most are able to enjoy. They are usually free of the Top 8 Allergens, almost always Vegan (+/- Honey) and are the main brand behind Snacks with Character. I LOVE this. Even though I can purchase Enjoy Life at home (and safe a few $$), I don’t always want to pack EVERY snack ever when on vacation. PLUS being able to give your kids a SAFE chocolate Bar or FUN snack is HUGE. And if you are on the Meal Plan at WDW, this is a great way to use those credits. Enjoy while in the parks and grab a few more for the ride home.

Options:

I am sure I missed a few varieties and I am sure some come and go…but in general you can enjoy most of Enjoy Life’s products, Disney Style. My favorite are the Chocolate bars. I have a major sweet tooth and sometimes after eating a hearty meal…I WANT chocolate. These bars fit that craving, especially the RICE Crunch, yum!! They also have cookies, morning like grain/seed bars, Trail mix and healthy protein bites (little balls of heaven). Snacks with Character also have other varieties; cookies, chips, pretzels and such. Not all are Enjoy Life brand, but all are labeled per allergies. I found a few Gluten Free options as well.

So if you are headed to the parks with an Allergy or Dietary Need, make sure to look out for Snacks with Character. They can be found in the snack section of most stores/resorts and are also located in the Candy area in Ice Cream/ Dessert restaurants.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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