Quantcast Stroller help for 7 year old. Maclaren Volo?
 
INTERCOT: Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Guide Walt Disney World Disney Cruise Line Mousehut Mail WebDisney News INTERCOT: Walt Disney World Vacation Guide
News Discussion Theme Parks Resorts Info Central Shop Interactive Podcast INTERCOT Navigtion
 

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 22
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    49
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Stroller help for 7 year old. Maclaren Volo?

    I want to get a stroller for my daughter because I do not think she will make it all day in the parks until 10:00pm. I want to buy one instead of renting. This way others can borrow it when they go to Disney I did not waste my money on just a rental. I was looking at the Maclaren Volo. My daughter is 48" and about 48 pounds.I was hoping that someone could tell me how they work for a child that size. Are they easy to push?

  2.     Please Support INTERCOT's Sponsors:
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Howell Michigan
    Posts
    509
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Is that stroller able to handle a child over 40 lbs? Most strollers that you can purchase only hold a child up to 40 lbs. If it can't, I'd say rent one of the ones from the parks.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    49
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    bump

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    49
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    bump

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    ON, Canada
    Posts
    7,640
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Are you sure that your DD will want to ride in a stroller at 7 YO? My DS at 6 loved the fact that his brother had one at WDW. He loved the free rides. But when he turned 7, he wanted nothing to do with the stroller.

    Ask your DD and see.
    Brian (aka CanadianWDWFan)
    INTERCOT Staff:Theme Parks, The Water Cooler & Trip Reports
    DVC-BWV
    Next Trip:
    BWV then DCL Fantasy Aug, 2019

  7. #6
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    2,343
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianWDWFan View Post
    Are you sure that your DD will want to ride in a stroller at 7 YO? My DS at 6 loved the fact that his brother had one at WDW. He loved the free rides. But when he turned 7, he wanted nothing to do with the stroller.

    Ask your DD and see.
    I was wondering the same thing. My DD 5 only spent about a third of the trip in the stroller last year, and most of that was near the end of the week. This year she will be walking.
    "Welcome, Foolish Mortals..."

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    canada
    Posts
    8,006
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Ceblanc you may also have to wait a little longer to get an answer. It's a pretty specific question you have and another owner of the stroller with a 7 year old may take a while to wonder by. As you can see by the views of your post (99 when I looked in) many are looking at your question..they may just not have your answer yet)
    Natalie
    Feb 2001 off site Jan 2002 All star movies Dec 2002 All star sports jan-04 Poly Nov 2004 pofq Nov 2005 Pors Mar 06 at PORS CBR Dec 2006 POR sept 21-30 2007 oct 2008 poly and akl, dec 2008 pop and VWL

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Leesburg, VA
    Posts
    221
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Partial answer.....

    I cannot speak about a 7 yo, cause I do not have one....yet.

    But as for the Volo, I can. We just purchased one for our DD4 to use on our trip in May. It is all it is cracked up to be. Lightweight, umbrella style, and the shoulder carry strap attached! Huge bonus for me, since I am the pack mule that will most likely be carrying it around when it is not in use.

    The handles have a foam padding, it drives steady, turns easily and has a very solid feel to it. Nothing flimsy about it.

    What I see to be the big bonus is the amount of lightweight material and mesh that is used in the stoller. The "impact parts", or the places where your child will physically touch the stoller for lack of a better term, are limited to the seat and upper back/shoulders. And it is more of a thin cloth sheathing, almost winbreaker like material, than the fully padded heavy material used in most stollers (including the Maclaren Triumph). And the lower/mid back areas are resting on breathable mesh. With the hot days coming, I think this is going to be a nice feature.

    As for weight, I belive it can hold a 50 lb child, but do not quote me on that.

    As for drawbacks, with the hood attached, the stoller does not completely "umbrella" when closed. The hood only bends so far. For a rough guess, I would say it colapses about 80-85%, but the hood can only collapse to about a 10 inch wide curve without being forced smaller. And as for opening and closing, it is foot activated. Opening I find easy, but closing, I kinda have to "work it" a litle. But that just could be the operator. Lastly, the Volo does not recline, it has only 1 seating position.

    All in all, I love this thing, and my DD loves it too since she was able to pick out the color! Just another added bonus.
    1970-1990 Disneyland - 4 Day Trips
    1980-2001 WDW - 6 Day Trips
    2007 Polynesian (First Resort Stay!)
    2008 Polynesian - planning

    GO HOKIES!

    All my thoughts and prayers...
    Rest in Peace fellow Hokies
    04-16-2007

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    30
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default another site says 55lbs.

    I don't have this stroller, but another site has a weight limit of 55 lbs. posted. I don't know if that is total, or just the kids' weight. I have 3 kids, and neither my 6 1/2 yr old DS or my 4 1/2 yr old DD used a stroller on our last trip, despite 5 days at the parks going almost all day each day. My barely 2 yr old only used her's half the time. So I highly doubt you'll need one. Of course you know what will work best in your circumstances. I hope this information helps. Have a great trip.

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Too far away!
    Posts
    2,163
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I looked at this earlier, but did not want to be the first one to say, I don't know that you want to have a 7 y/o in a stroller.

    We decided that last Sept we would TAKE the stroller, however we left it in the room except for ONE night, and it was for about three hours.....DS asked if we could take it back to the park with us b/c his legs were tired. When we told him maybe we should just stay at the hotel, he said no, he just needed to ride in the stroller for a little while.....and he walked for almost the entire time, then got in and crashed, so he used to to sleep was all.

    In December last year I took him (without daddy and his strong arms ) and we did fine without it.

    That said, we are pretty much commando park goers, so I would imagine that your DD could handle it. If not, you could always rent one for a day or two, which I know is not what you want to do.

    Also, another suggestion......we go for walks as a family, so maybe try starting a walking regiment before you go and see how she does with that. I know you can't simulate an entire day at Disney, but if she can walk for about 20 minutes at a clip, she should be ok......she can "rest" on the rides or while in the shows.

    Of course, these are just my opinions. I'm hoping someone with the particular stroller comes by and fully answers your question.
    *May '92 Day trip fr. Daytona
    *Aug '94/July 01 offsite
    *July 01 Offsite
    *2005, 06, 06, 07, 08, 09, 11SOG
    *Sept 05 AKL
    *Sept/Oct 06 POFQ
    *Dec 08 AKL
    *Oct/Nov 12 Wyndham BC
    *Oct 13 CBR
    *July 14- weekend trips from Daytona
    *July 15- day trips from Daytona
    *Oct 15 CST

  12. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    1,828
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I have a Maclaren Volo that I use for our 3 year old, but I don't think it'd work well for our older daughter, who is 6 1/2. She weighs about 46 to 48 pounds. She has sat down in it before and it looks to me like the stroller is straining. She just seems too big for it (my 3 year old actually is getting big for it as well. We'll just continue to rent a double at the parks.
    Rebecca
    mom of Jenna (Cindewella) & Lucy (Sleepingbooty)


    Last visit: May 2009, Pop Century
    Next visit: September 2010, Caribbean Beach Resort

  13. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    WV
    Posts
    1,102
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    We just bought the Maclaren Triumph. We got it for DD's 4 & 6 to share. I love it. It is comfortable, easy to push and easy to use. I highly recommend it.We looked at the Volo but decided it really didn't recline enough. Go to the store and try one out. It's alot to spend. Good luck!!
    April 29-May 3- Coronado springs! Engage celeb
    Feb 21-March 1- DCL Bahamas/PORS Royal guest
    November 15th-22nd Marriott's Grande Villas
    May 2-5th Wilderness Lodge surprise engagement!
    Nov 27th-Dec 4rd 2012- Art Of Animation
    March 7-13th 2012 Fort Wilderness cabin
    100+ since 1977

  14. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    54
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    We took our boys (4 and 6.5 years at the time) to a theme park last year without the stroller. By hour number 6, they were exhausted! We did the rented stroller- and the 6.5 yo didn't bat an eye... I think it's because it didn't look like a "baby stroller" to him. It's got a sunshade, a leg extension, and quite honestly, looks like something I might like to ride in- LOL!

    For what it's worth, the strollers (both single and doubles) look awkward, but are amazingly easy to push/manuver. And, they provide the great outstretched front for their legs (so they aren't dangling). The perk? You don't have to lug it to/from the parks/bus stop, etc.

  15. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    49
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    There are many reasons why we want to use a stroller. One being that we know she will get tired. The next is that we have four children and it is easier to keep an eye on all of them if the youngest is in a stroller at times. The last is that with four children there is a lot of stuff to carry and a stroller helps. I would still appreciate hearing from people who could tell me if this stroller works well for a 48 pound child. Thank you

  16. #15
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    2,596
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey's Pal View Post
    For what it's worth, the strollers (both single and doubles) look awkward, but are amazingly easy to push/manuver. And, they provide the great outstretched front for their legs (so they aren't dangling). The perk? You don't have to lug it to/from the parks/bus stop, etc.
    Don't know about particular brands, but that pushing/maneuvering capability is a BIG deal; definitely try whatever you're considering out first...right Just2Mickey?
    79,0,1
    91 Co
    8 M
    00,1,2 S
    3 CB 25
    4 P,Mu,AKL
    5 S
    6 Pp,CB,G 30
    7 S/D,CB
    8 CB,G 30
    9 Mu,CBP/Or,P
    10 CBP,P
    11 Mu,Do/Ret,P
    12 Mu,CB,AA AK
    13 P 35
    14 P,CB,Mu
    15 P,FQ,C,M,S

  17. #16
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    844
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    For a child that age and weight I think you best (and maybe only) option is a rental at the parks. They are roomy, comfy, hold a much higher weight and are very easy to push and manuever.In 2005, we rented a double and I could even sit in it. I also believe that renting one through a multi day rental will be way cheaper than buying one and I think your child will be happier with the rental version because it is more big kid friendly. Our trip in Jan. my 5 year old daughter did exceptional walkin all day(and night) each day,BUT our back up plan if neede was to rent a stroller there. We rented on our trip when she was 4, and it worked fine for her and our big 7 year old son also rode a few times for fun and it was perfect for a tall 50+lb 7 year old. After using the rentals for two trips we never considered bringing our own again.
    Kim, Mom of Two Russian Angels

  18. #17
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    N. NEVADA
    Posts
    814
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I don't have the Volo but I do have a MacLaren Opus (I think, we bought it in 1999 for 1st WDW trip with DD) we brought it back with us last year when DD was 7 and about 60#'s or so. Sure, she looked a little big for it but who cares, she was comfortable.

    BTW - stroller use is personal and you should do what works best for you and your family. Who cares what anyone else thinks, it is your kid and your vacation.

    Our Maclaren was rated for up to 55-60 #'s. It was a little hard to steer on extreme turns but other than that it did fine.

    We did not use it every day, however the 2 days that DD was feeling under the weather it was a life saver and we used it without any real issues. We also used it for a couple of late nights.

    Is there a store near you where you can go test drive it? If so, that is what I would do.

    Good Luck and happy planning
    MamaCatNV
    Married 19 yrs Mom to:
    DS 17 & DD 8

    POFQ-1/1-1/9/07- No More NYE for Awhile
    ASMu-Dec 05/Jan 06 - NYE
    ASSp-Dec 99/Jan 00 - NYE/Turn of the Century
    DL lived near too many visits to count

  19. #18
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    37
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    ive been goign to WDW since i was 6 months. I'm 18 now, so i cant really help you pick a stroller but i can tell you this:

    i used a stroller til i was 7, and my parents loved it! they would put all their stuff in it, and i would just sit back and relax. i never complained of being tired and i thoroughly enjoyed not having to walk.

    i will say, renting a stroller looks like a not too bad idea. they are really strong, and if you get a double, you can put even more stuff in it. i know when i, wathcing parades, and if i find an abandoned stroller (at night) i sit in it, and its very comfy, even though im obviously way too big for it.

    enjoy your vacation!

  20. #19
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    3
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I have a 5 (almost 6) year old daughter who weighs about 43 lbs. We have the McClaren Volo for her and it is THE BEST! We bought it about 2 years ago for a trip, and it is everything it says and more.

    My daughter rides in it and also walks sometimes. We have used it twice at WDW and many times on other trips, and wouldn't be without it! We bought the bare-bones one without the hood or anything, and it works just fine for us- especially since she's in and out of it so much.

    It folds up very easily and also has a carrying strap to put it over your shoulder. Another plus are the higher handles- no bending in half to push the stroller! I think you'll be very pleased with it.

  21. #20
    just2mickey Guest

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mickeys_princess_mom View Post
    Don't know about particular brands, but that pushing/maneuvering capability is a BIG deal; definitely try whatever you're considering out first...right Just2Mickey?
    Amen to that !!!!!!

Share This Thread On Social Media:

Share This Thread On Social Media:

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

 
Company
Advertising
Guest Relations
Community
Discussion Boards
Podcast
Newsletter
Shop
Social
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
YouTube
Pinterest
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Enter your email address below to receive our newsletter:
INTERCOT Logo PRIVACY STATEMENT / DISCLAIMER | DISCUSSION BOARD RULES
Since 1997 INTERCOT - a Levelbest Communications Website. This is not an official Disney website.
> Levelbest Network Site