Im afraid im in the camp that a child is far to old at seven , my 3 were all out of the buggys by 4 , my son was out at 3 but he was very independant , as a former nursery nurse we were never allowed to use buggies for children over 4 when we took them out for their daily walks.
One thing not mentioned is that a lot of the cheaper buggys are very low down and a heavy child makes them lower , this child is sitting in the buggy getting pushed around at knee level , seeing nothing but adults legs, dont get me wrong this is fine for a 2 or 3 year old as they will have a nap for a lot of the day anyway but a 7 year old should be alert and energetic enough to enjoy the parks.
One person mentioned that its hard enough to get through the parks when people have children young enough for buggys can you imagine what it would be like if mothers put 7 year olds in buggys too, to be frank it would be unbearable.
one thing that I have,nt seen yet is that in some parks you can rent a little car shaped trolly thing , that would be more fun for a 7 year old and you can rent it for just an hour to give him a break
i just wanted to say that the choice is yours. it doesnt matter what anyone else says. we took one for our son when he was 5 (mclaren) and it was a godsend, as others have said especially for bags etc. he will be 7 when we go in sept but we wont taking one for him. He is very energetic and will cope. we also have a baby now who will be 18 months and we have just bought her a new mclaren. we will be taking that so we wil still have somewhere to put our bags/bottles of water etc. We think we will have to make more stops during the day this time though.
We didnt take one with us but i remember hiring one for our boys at epcot-a double one. They were 4 and 7 at the time and we wanted to go around the world showcase and they were tired. It was a godsend. You know your son and if you think he will struggle and wont mind then there is nothing wrong with it. Rather that then have to drag a tired whinging child around with you. We were 2 weeks ago and walmart had buggies for $20.
We're not taking one with us this year. My eldest son will be just 8 (literally the week before we go), youngest son 6 and my daughter was 3 in Feb. We're planning on buying a cheap one over there for our daughter (although not sure she'll use it as she thinks she can do everything her brothers do anyway...). If it wasn't for her I wouldn't even consider a buggy. Children should be fit & healthy enough to manage imho! Last year if they were flagging a bit we stopped for a drink!
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My kids havnt used buggys since they were about 4 years old, I wouldnt put a 7 year old in a buggy unless they had health problems and dd is 8 and very grown up for her age and wants to walk to school with her friend but I wont allow it! I think is looks strange having a big child in a buggy but thats just my opinion, if the kids are tired we grab a drink and have a rest!
This was my post and I hope no one thinks I am judging, my dd was 5 last time we went and she had more energy than us we kept saying must sit down ans she kept saying more more more! I suppose it depends on the child.
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While I also think it depends on the child, Im thinking that only in the form of a child being disabled or having a health problem would I allow a buggy for a seven year old,
Not a healthy able bodied seven year old.
Didnt realise the op meant for shopping etc, and not the parks, and to be honest the parks is the place where I would imagine they would be most tired.
My dd will be 6 when we will be visiting and I wouldn't hesitate in using a buggy while in Orlando. The days around the theme parks are long ones and the heat is very tiring so I'd rather she was comfortable at time for half hour or so rest rather than her moaning and not enjoying it.
She hasn't used one for years but I know what she is like and I don't think that she will cope with all the standing and walking.Unfortunately we also not having a car this time so it would be too much hassle to stop, go back to the hotel and then go back to the park later on.
As others has said, you know your son better and if you believe he needs one then so be it!