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2 parents - 3 kids.. stroller logistics help!

teenie0140

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Have you considered taking a small umbrella stroller to use with one of the 18 month old twins when your 6 yr old gets tired? When the 6 year old is active, the twins enjoy the baby jogger. When she is tired, one of the twins can be in a small stroller that is easily transported.


We were there in May with our 2 1/2 yr old and 4 week old and lugged a city select around with the second seat and a bassinet. With the two of us it was a bit awkward getting on the busses but we made it manageable. Essentially the hardest part of travelling to and through the parks is our expectations of the kids behaviour and forgetting about how the kids are experiencing the whole situation.

With that said, our experiences with the busses was excellent. The drivers are patient and the other riders were relatively easy going even at the end of the night. Our plan of attack was that one of us was responsible for the kids getting on the bus and sitting, the other took care of the gear. Stroller was folded in line as the bus pulled up and we were ready to go once it was boarding time.
Good idea about the umbrella for the little ones. However, what do we do with that while it isn't in use? Put our crap in it and wheel it around? lol.
 

teenie0140

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You're going to be in the parks for much too long each day if you're park hopping directly from one park to another. Kids and parents need rest, your family is much too young to be doing opening-until-closing. Every day should have a mid-afternoon break for pool, nap, or just general "resting in air conditioning" time. If you're park hopping, your schedule should be Park 1, then break, then Park 2, not directly from Park 1 to Park 2.

I also suspect you have too much table service dining scheduled. Kids who are absolute angels at restaurants at home get antsy when just outside the restaurant doors is maximum stimulation and MAGIC.

Drive to every park EXCEPT Magic Kingdom.
We've done Disney before. We'll be ok :) Just not with 3 kids but we've done it with our youngest and she napped in the stroller perfectly fine and the little ones seem to do the same when we are out and about. Also, we don't plan on doing open - close either. We'll be heading back early evening to the hotel on days we'll be in the park all day. Honestly, it's easier to be out then come back to the room, get settled, just to pack all of us up again. But we will see when we get there and plan on being somewhat fluid to change up plans as needed.

We do not have ourselves overbooked for dining either.
 
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teenie0140

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For the most part, that's not necessary to avoid the fee. If you just call and cancel they're almost always accommodating. They typically ask for a reason but if you just say "the kids aren't feeling up to it," that's fine.
Good to know though :)
 

teenie0140

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My daughter loves Disney. LOVES DISNEY. She'll tell you a million things that she loves doing and seeing there, but her top number one thing is always the pool. If you read the boards enough, you'll see that's a very common thing for the kids. So don't discount the value of down time at the resort.

And remember that while you're in the parks, you don't have to push the strollers around everywhere. When we go, 80% of the time our stroller is parked in stroller parking. We only really use it to get to and from the park from the buses, as those walkways are insane.
We've planned 2 resort days. 1 resort day, then 2 park days, then 1 resort day, then 2 park days and then home. We've been trying to be good about not over planning learning from our past experiences.

I didn't think about not having to bring the stroller all over the park! Really good point.
 

dryerlintfan

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We've planned 2 resort days. 1 resort day, then 2 park days, then 1 resort day, then 2 park days and then home. We've been trying to be good about not over planning learning from our past experiences.

I didn't think about not having to bring the stroller all over the park! Really good point.
It works best when you do rides in clusters. For example, we park it at the carousel and then do the carousel, princess fairy tale hall, it's a small world, and peter pan, and then we move it to a different area when we're ready to do a different cluster. That way it's always close by, but we aren't pushing it. Just remember to mark it with something unique so you don't waste a lot of time trying to find your black stroller in a sea of other people's black strollers. And bring glow sticks to mark it at night.
 

teenie0140

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It works best when you do rides in clusters. For example, we park it at the carousel and then do the carousel, princess fairy tale hall, it's a small world, and peter pan, and then we move it to a different area when we're ready to do a different cluster. That way it's always close by, but we aren't pushing it. Just remember to mark it with something unique so you don't waste a lot of time trying to find your black stroller in a sea of other people's black strollers. And bring glow sticks to mark it at night.
Thanks! We’ve gone before and have unique stroller items already!
 

TiggerDad

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just looking for positive suggestions. We know our family needs a stroller option for her and it won’t harm anyone else - just us in terms of logistics! We want to make it a positive experience. She doesn’t NEED a stroller. She could walk. We just want to provide the option so everyone (including my husbands back) is happy (to the little extent we can control).
Internet message boards can be a tough place if you're only looking for positive suggestions.

In order to help you ensure that it won't harm anyone else, make sure to always park in designated stroller locations, so you're not blocking paths for others. Don't walk next to each other with your strollers so that other people can get past you. Pay attention to where you are going so you don't run other people over. Fold up the strollers before the bus or tram arrives so everyone else doesn't have to wait for you. That last part is going to be the hardest, because at the end of the day, the kids are tired and you've got all this stuff to carry, along with the kids. That's why so many others are suggesting to drive to the parks, but you still have the parking tram if you don't walk all the way to the car. And park-hopping means doing that multiple times a day! In my opinion, no dining reservation is important enough to switch parks. I am so glad that my three are old enough now that we don't have to mess with the strollers, as that was always a nightmare.
 

johnny_most

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Not sure if the City Mini Glider board is allowed in the parks anymore, or if it ever was, or where you could even get a definitive yes/no. That could be a solution for the 6 year old.
 

teenie0140

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Man, this was my first post on this forum and it’s honestly not worth it. No one needs negativity when they’re trying to get advice on something. I’ve already said I will need a stroller for her so I am just looking for advice as I’m sure we are not the first family in this situation. Regretting even posting!
 

drizgirl

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Not to worry though, people in the park won't give you a second glance. As I said, do what works best for you and your family. Nobody here is going to be offering to carry your 6 year old to the car at the end of a long day in the park.

I hope you have a great trip and make many magical memories.
 
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WDWDad2907

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Sounds like this post has already run it's course :), but for what my two cents is worth I think you'd be a lot more comfortable driving, particularly since you expect to bounce around a bit (and therefore increasing the amount of times you'd have to ride the bus). My most relevant recent experience with the buses/children is the same stroller with 5 and 3 year-olds (and 2 adults). This was mostly fine, but could be frustrating when the buses are crowded (or if the 3 year-old was asleep). I couldn't even imagine what to do if your twins were asleep at the same time! I've only ever driven with 3 children, but I can say it was a lot less stressful and it was easier to transfer sleeping children to car seats without the disturbance of having to get them on and off a bus. So best of luck, and have a wonderful time on your vacation!

And for MK - if you don't want to park all the way at the TT you can use valet at Contemporary and monorail over. This is $10 more than regular MK parking.
 

teenie0140

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Sounds like this post has already run it's course :), but for what my two cents is worth I think you'd be a lot more comfortable driving, particularly since you expect to bounce around a bit (and therefore increasing the amount of times you'd have to ride the bus). My most relevant recent experience with the buses/children is the same stroller with 5 and 3 year-olds (and 2 adults). This was mostly fine, but could be frustrating when the buses are crowded (or if the 3 year-old was asleep). I couldn't even imagine what to do if your twins were asleep at the same time! I've only ever driven with 3 children, but I can say it was a lot less stressful and it was easier to transfer sleeping children to car seats without the disturbance of having to get them on and off a bus. So best of luck, and have a wonderful time on your vacation!

And for MK - if you don't want to park all the way at the TT you can use valet at Contemporary and monorail over. This is $10 more than regular MK parking.
Thank you for the useful input!
 
For the bargain price of $15/day.
$15 is not bad in the scheme of things especially if its less stuff to have to lug around.
Besides OP is going to either have to purchase a stroller she does not need or rent from a 3rd party so any way you look at it she is spending money.
Its just another option she should be away of.
 
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