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Our family took our inaugural trip to Walt Disney World over Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. It was a great time with my Mom and Step Mom and our son could not take his eyes off Rapunzel when he finally got to ask her how she got back into her tower.
And it was an incredible opportunity to test our dedication to travel with no stroller.
That’s right. One quick search on Pinterest and you’ll soon discover a million ways to trick out your chariot for your kid’s ride up to Cinderella’s castle. But we don’t travel like that. I don’t like to lug strollers through airports or hold the boy while my husband pushes an empty cart. So we packed up our Ergo and headed out. Here’s how it went!
No stroller at Disney World totally worked for our family.
Later Nico took a rest on my chest while we walked back to the bus to our hotel. I covered his face with the shade flap and he snoozed for over an hour while Marco and I strolled around (pun intended).
We saw lots of tiny babies being worn on the front, facing out, but Disney is overwhelming for adults, so I can’t imagine what it would have been like for littles. HERE is an article by Ergo for help deciding when to carry facing in, and when to face out. When Nico told us (with his words or his actions) that he needed a break and a little less stimulation, we just wore him facing in and focused our attention on finding cool, quiet spaces to explore (Animal Kingdom’s Asian Animal exhibit was perfect!).
Wearing Nico not only let us extend our time because we didn’t ask him to walk 10+ miles a day, but also because we didn’t spend a single minute storing or looking for our stroller. There are oceans of strollers at Disney World. Before all the big rides and around every corner there is somewhere safe to leave your stroller and all of your stuff. But that means you have to wade through the waist deep waters to drop off and pick up your gear. We skipped all of that by just not doing it.
We wore our Ergo non stop but could have shoved it in our Day Bag if necessary.
Finally, it kept us warm. I know in July in Florida the last thing you may want to do is strap a 98* 33 lb bundle of love to your back as you shoulder your way through the Meet and Greet line for Anna and Elsa, but in February, with few lines and small crowds, keeping our son on our back kept him warm and protected. Plus it prevented us from having to pack jackets that we would only wear for 1 hour each morning.
Here are a few more details to wrap up our Disney with No Stroller Post:
We bought our Original Organic Ergo from T.J.Maxx for $70- originally $140 but you can pick one up from Amazon and have it delivered to your house in two days!
Our Ergo is a “Structured carrier” because it has plastic buckles and thick foam shoulder straps and back support.
We adjust our single Ergo for my husband and myself in less than 30 seconds each time we change wearers.
It has taken us to Europe, our local zoo, Washington D.C., Saint Louis and countless days at Forest School and daily walks.
Our Ergo has one front pocket where we sometimes stash our phones, debit cards or snack bars.
How We Travel
Carry in. Carry Out.