Double stroller or sit 'n' stand
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We're planning our first family trip to the world in May from the UK and I'm finalising our plans at the moment, but am a bit stuck when it comes to strollers.
We have a little single stroller at home for our daughter (21 months) which we may or may not decide to take with us but our 3yr old son no longer needs one at home. However, I am aware that he will DEFINATELY need a stroller some of the time whilst we are there so am looking at the rental options. This is where I get stuck, do I go with a double stroller or a sit n stand? Does anyone have any suggestions? They're both below 40lbs so will comfortably fit either and we don't really want to have to tote two strollers around with us.
Does your 3 year old still take naps? My DD was 3 the first time we visited the parks and she fell asleep during the day numerous times in our stroller. It was nice to not have to leave the parks for her to get a nap in. I would go with the double stroller just so your older one would have the option to lay down and nap, since he would not be able to do that in the sit and stand.
We used a sit and stand. Bulky...but not as bad as a true double. The disney strollers are AMAZING if you are willing to splurge. We used one once when kids were 7, 5, and 2. All kids fit and 2 could sleep. Last trip we also got one once. Light as air and turn like a dream.
We have taken a double stroller, two single strollers, and have rented a double stroller.
The double stroller we brought from home was simply too bulky to deal with on the buses. So the next year we went for two strollers designed for travelling, a bit more substantial than a typical umbrella stroller, but similar style. This was just a pain. They were difficult on the buses and we did not have enough hands to deal with everything! On our last trip we rented a double stroller at the parks. While a bit pricey, they were great! The kids had more room and they were a dream to push/maneuver.
I've done Disney with my two kids, and we've done single strollers, and sit 'n stands numerous times....and I would totally suggest sit 'n stand. Less bulky than double strollers, and my oldest liked being able to easily hop on and off whenever she was on the stroller. The stroller we had (a Fisher Price, sadly not made anymore IIRC) was nice also in that she could nap on the back jump seat should she get tired and we didn't have to worry about her falling off...so if you do get one, make sure it has one of the little seats, as they will get tired. Also have a great video just after she had done Bibbidi Bobbidi Botique as my Dad was pushing the kids thru Fantasyland, and her waving and blowing kisses to everyone....just like she was on a parade float. But I digress.....
I will also agree that Disney strollers are quite nice, and I'd LOVE to do one, but I'm sorry, for the ridiculous rate they charge, I'd much rather spend that money a little more wisely on better hotel, put it towards food/experiences... that sort of thing.
Lastly, no matter what they say, even if they say they will be fine, bring the stroller anyway. Made the mistake with my daughter, we were planning a quick morning in the MK while my parents stayed at the hotel with our youngest...let's just say I got to be that Dad carrying a kicking and screaming child out of the park (very not like her) and got a nice scratch on my face....all on my birthday too!! Wouldn't have had that issue had we brought the stroller "just in case"
Thank you all for your advice
Have decided to go with the double stroller to hopefully avoid any sleepy children issues. I'm gonna rent one from Orlando Strolled rentals so we've got it for the duration.
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I just bought the combi side by side for my little guys(3 years old ans 6 months at the time of travel). I have been useing it around the house and on small trips out and iis great! The nice thing is it folds so easily and compactly for a double. I was lucky to get it at a second hand kids store for $70. They retail for about $225. Give them a look online and see if it would work, they may offer them at the rental place. Good luck!
Double stroller from Orlando stroller company. I think they city one. They are amazing! Easy to push, easy to break down, wonderful sun shade, GREAT service, MUCH MUCH cheaper than the Disney rental and you don't have to mess with getting one every morning and returning it at each park when you want to leave.
I highly recommend a double. We bought a great double side by side that folds up very small and it very easy to take on Disney transportation. My kids would both take naps during the day as we walked around the parks...it was great. Can't do that with a sit n stand. And for a sit n stand, if the seated child is reclined, the other kid cannot sit.
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