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I had two kids with me and we rented the strollers for packages and for them to take a break every now and then. My kids are a 4'11" and 5 foot and they enjoyed the strollers. Some people may have thought it was crazy but they needed a break every now and then too. I personally think a stroller only makes the walking a little nicer having, gives you something to lean on while your walking and really makes a difference with not worrying over who is going to carry the back packs etc. - Neanie9
We brought our own stroller for the 2 yr old. Your tip on the Stroller for the BIG kids (9 & 7) was great for EPCOT. At the Pavillion area we let the two big ones into a double stroller and everyone was very happy. With all the walking through the World Showcase, the older kids were much happier using the stroller from place to place. We didn't mind pushing them as it gave us a chance to SEE the pavillions. They were excited to get the strollers and we kept them busy by handing them the camcorder for "Kids-Cam" time. The funniest movies are from the kids perspective going through Epcot via the strollers. - Chris Swanson
A suggestion from our experience "strolling" around WDW with our 10 week old daughter last December 1998. We found that if we asked very nicely we were often able to bring her into restaurants and attractions right in the stroller. Cast members seemed only too willing to accommodate a sleeping infant in a stroller -- she strolled right up to the table at Liberty Tree Tavern, Akershus and Crystal Palace and into the Flight show at AK (we stood in the back). We learned that if we were polite about including her stroller (and discreet so as not to annoy those who had left their strollers behind), she was able to sleep peacefully through some wonderful meals and times for us. We know that December is the least crowded time at WDW, so this may not be possible in July -- but it can't hurt to ask -- you might be pleasantly surprised. When we were leaving Cinderella's Royal Table, the hostess mentioned that we could have brought her stroller upstairs -- we didn't even think to ask there (and we all would have had a better time)! - Karen, Ken and Baby Elizabeth
A plastic cupholder sold as a "Stroller Holder" in most discount stores is invaluable. It can support one or two diaper or shopping bags and your drink cup, leaving your hands free for safe driving.
Remember what is at your child's eye level when they are in a stroller and watch out for branches, gates and especially burning cigarettes.
This tip is true in the All Star Resorts in regard to milk. I purchased a pint of milk in the General Store (gift shop) but in the food hall (food court) it was double the price for exactly the same bottle!!! - Hazel Brunt
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is true at all Disney Resorts
We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside. We were with a group of adults and wanted to purchase a few beers after a long hot day at the parks to sit back and relax. I am not sure how much less expensive the bottles of beer were at the general store compared to River Roost Lounge but it was worth going a few extra steps for the savings!!! - Nancy T.
SHADES OF GREEN - We stayed at the Shades of Green this past October during the National Car Rental Golf Tournament. The great perk of staying there was admission to the tournament was FREE! My husband got to see Tiger Woods in person for free. Needless to say we've made reservations for this year's tournament. - Connie Roberts
There is no milk on the beverage island at any of the food courts, but if you are a coffee drinker like me who prefers milk to cream, just ask one of the CM's. They have some put aside in the "back room" just for this. - Jack Marshall
ALL RESORTS - Even if you have express checkout (where they hang your statement on your doorknob the morning of your departure saving you a trip to the front desk and a wait in line to check out) be sure to check your statement for errors! I always do this and have found errors such as overcharges, duplications, charges for things that were supposed to be free etc. A trip to the front desk, statement in hand, usually results in a quick fix. - Beth Eloheimo
I am currently planning a trip to WDW for a large group of 15. With crazy schedules and one family living in another state, it's hard for us to get together to plan. In order to include everyone in on the planning, I am using Google Docs (http://docs.google.com/). They are easy to set up, easy to share with others (via email) and allow everyone to edit/add to the document. I just ask everyone to use a different color font when using it. We have three docs going: one to plan where we need ADRs, one to discuss special events/activities that we may or may not want to do, and one that is a to-do list (dates to purchase tickets, reservations, make ADRs...). As we get closer to the trip, I'll probably add another doc for our itinerary (with reservations written in) to allow people to comment on it and make suggestions. - Cate
We just returned from a wonderful week in WDW. We were traveling with a 2 & 5 year old and it was imperative that we stay stocked on water. The bottled water was expensive and often not very cold. We did have a small Coleman personal water bottle container. I know you can request ice water at any location that serves drinks in cups, however the wait for a single drink could be 20 minutes or more. We found that in some of the outdoor cart locations where they sell the squeeze breeze misters, the hosts were more than okay with us getting some ice and some water out of the tub. It was quick, free and easy (as very few things are in WDW in August. LOL!) - Amy Miles
During a recent visit, we were very happy to learn that we could purchase an "all-you-can-drink" mug at Typhoon Lagoon (the cost was $9-ish). Besides saving money on the day we purchased it, we can "renew" the mug for $5.50 on return days at ANY of the water parks, and we were assured that the deal is good for life!! - Kathy Buckley of Windsor, CO