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Old 01-24-2011, 05:09 PM
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Disney World trip - suggestions?

Well, we decided that we will take Luca (he'll be 5 in May) to the Disney parks in Florida. We'll go at the end of February, so the weather should not be too bad.

We'll be there for 6 full days, and plan to go to Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Universal for 1 day each, and 3 days to Magic Kingdom.

We will rent a condo 1.5 miles from the park, and will rent a car there (we're flying).

Any suggestions from anybody who has taken the trip with kids?

For example, I want to take my stroller, but I heard that strollers get stollen while the owners ride.

Thank you!
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:35 PM
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We'll be there for 6 full days, and plan to go to Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Universal for 1 day each, and 3 days to Magic Kingdom.
Did you mean Disney's Hollywood Studios or Universal Studios? Universal Studios isn't owned by Disney, and isn't located on their property.

As far as strollers go, my family has always taken our own, and we've never had a problem. If you will be driving to the park a stroller will be no problem, if you're riding a bus consider the fact that you'll have to lug a stroller onto and off of a bus. (Which we always did, no big deal especially since Luca is 5) You can rent strollers inside the park right inside the gates. It is definitely cheaper to bring your own! If you're worried about it getting stolen, maybe invest in a cheap one that you would be okay with losing. 6 days of renting at $15 a day is $90 which is more than you'd spend on a cheapie stroller. Also, since you're flying you could wait until arrival to purchase a stroller and you would only have to check it once on the way home. You could Mapquest Targets/Walmarts near your condo and run by to pick one up. WDW Stroller Rental info

Are you going to get Park Hopper tickets? It is more expensive, but worth it IMO to be able to visit multiple parks in one day. I suppose with a 5 year old it might not be as big of a deal as with older kids that want to do more. So maybe scratch that.

I probably sound like a nut, but I am a HUGE WDW fan. I've been at least 15 times, and I know way too much.

ANY questions that you have, just throw them at me! I love answering Disney questions.
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We just went in September! My daughter is 4 and my son was almost 2 at the time. We stayed in the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and took the buses to all the different parks. We brought our stroller everywhere and didn't have any problems - it was super busy there during that time too. We brought a cheap umbrella stroller, and made sure to take any important stuff with us before leaving the stroller unattended. It was a fantastic experience for all of us - I hope you have a great time!!

ETA - I totally agree about the Park Hopper Pass - we did end up going to different parks on the same day. There was so much we wanted to do!
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:51 PM
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we took all six girls and went to Disney World last summer. we.had.a.blast!
strollers are a must, and there are places to stow them before you go on rides, shows, etc. definitely take a super foldable one, because getting on the tram, buses, etc., is difficult enough without dealing with a stroller.

i know it won't be super hot, but be sure to get water bottles to keep you thirst-free.

enjoy the rides and the trip! it's loads of fun; make sure to stay for the electrical parade and fireworks...Luca will love it and so will you.
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:57 PM
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Did you mean Disney's Hollywood Studios or Universal Studios? Universal Studios isn't owned by Disney, and isn't located on their property.
Oh yeah, I know - I meant Disney's Hollywood Studios

THANK you all for the suggestions!

Park Hopper is not a good choice for us - I plan on taking a break at lunch time, and go back to the house, to eat and rest (Luca is a very picky eater, so eating at restaurants with him is a waste of money, normally), so we can come back in the afternoon for the parades and fireworks (which are past his regular bedtime, so we will need the mid-day rest). Because of this trip, it would be a waste of time to commute between parks as well.

I have a MacLaren stroller - we don't use strollers anymore , but I will definitely take it with me, as it's a smooth ride, has a canopy, and a storage basket underneath. I remember renting a stroller in Europe, and it sucked - plastic, and hard to push, no, I will take my own. I am not worried about checking it when flying, or taking busses and trains with it - we flew a lot with Luca (and the stroller).
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You might want to consider taking your Maclaren to the airport and checking it right as you board the plane. We did that for DD (she was quite a bit younger though) so we could move faster through the airport(s) if needed. It was really quite convenient -they had it waiting for us at the door every time we de-planed.

HAVE A TON OF FUN!!! Hubby is dying to take the girls since he lived in south FL and went there all the time as a child. I want to wait a couple years so Ruby will enjoy it a bit!
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