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!!

Should you skip Epcot at Disney World?

Headed to Disney and wondering if you should skip Epcot? Read on about the Pros/Cons of Epcot.

Dear Nina, Love your Page, been following it for a long time. My family and I are FINALLY ready to start planning a Disney trip and we keep hearing from friends & family that we should skip Epcot? What do you think? My SIL said there aren’t many rides and her kids were done before dinner. My kids are 3 & 6, should we do a different park twice and skip Epcot? Thanks. PS – Can’t wait to book with you.

Hi Reader, thanks for contacting me and thanks for following my page. So yes, you could totally skip Epcot if you wanted and do, perhaps, Magic Kingdom twice. I do get this question frequently and sadly have heard the same sentiments from previous clients. If it helps, we LOVE Epcot at my house. Epcot can be a lot of walking and less rides than other parks BUT Epcot is not like the others for a reason, it was designed to be educational, an innovative park. We think of it as a break from the go-go-go the other parks can create.

And if it helps, Epcot is in the process of changing. The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow is adapting with the times and NEW rides and experiences are coming. You might not want to miss that. So, as I feel like you have heard reasons to skip Epcot, read below for reasons to consider it:

CHARACTERS/PRINCESSES:

Epcot is a great park to meet Characters, but I am not talking just Mickey. Epcot features characters that you won’t find anywhere else. Think the Frozen Sisters and Olaf, how about Wreck it Ralph or Baymax. Not to mention lots of princesses in the World Showcase. Epcot even has a Princess Character Meal so you can dine with some classic Princesses. So if your kids are Princess fans, this park might need to be on the list.

FOOD:

Epcot is known for its food, especially in the World Showcase. So when others are eating classic Theme Park food, you could be enjoying traditional dishes from around the world. My husbands favorite places to eat are at Epcot. Not to mention Epcot often has a Food festival going on which means even more eats and treats AND drinks. So, while pushing the kids in the stroller, you could be enjoying a flavorful beverage with a creative, tasty treat. I mean, its your vacation too, right?!?!

KIDCOT FUN STOP: Passport Series:

I feel like this FREE Activity is often passed up by vacationers due to the fact, they just don’t know about it. Kids can explore EACH country in the World Showcase and get a Passport Card to add to their Suitcase Collection. They can color on the cards and learn new ways to say “hello”. My kids love talking to the Cast Members at each station and learning new words and about cultural traditions.

PRO- TIP:

So, if you are still worried about adding Epcot to your trip plans, do what we did in the beginning, plan it as a half day…with a Pool Break in the middle. Start the morning with some amazing rides, explore the World Showcase in the afternoon, then head to the pool before dinner time. Go swim, then return to Epcot for dessert and evening fireworks. 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 suggest everyone give Epcot a try, you just might LOVE it as we do!!

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!!