The big question of Disney World vacations with kids, should I rent a stroller? Is my child too old for a stroller? Should I bring my own stroller from home?
Let’s start with some questions for you! Can your child walk 6-10 miles a day while going around Disney property? Will your child get tired in the middle of the day and want to crash (but you don’t want to leave the park?) These are both good cases for having a stroller! Disney strollers that you can rent limit the size of your kids a bit. The kids will likely physically outgrow the size of a Disney stroller before they reach any weight limits. The hard plastic just looks uncomfortable to me!
There are some some great third party stroller rental groups. I’ve used both Magic Strollers (MagicStrollers.com) and Kingdom Strollers (KingdomStrollers.com). *NOTE: I am not affiliated with either group nor have I received any sort of compensation for talking about them.
Magic Strollers: While the stroller itself wasn’t the newest model and looks like it had been road tested, it worked perfectly for our needs. It was clean and comfortable for our daughter.
Kingdom Strollers: This stroller was a bit newer looking – a lot less wear and tear from many little ones jumping in and out. Maybe they don’t keep their stroller sin action as long or maybe we got lucky and go a new one.
All of the third party stroller rental groups have the same strollers – City Minis: AKA the most amazing strollers I’ve ever used. They are truly perfect for Disney parks. They steer well (even one handed – this mama like to multi-task) , they fold with ease (one hard tug on a center handle and you’re good to go), they are fairly lightweight, and they don’t take up too much space on the bus. The canopy/sunshade was huge! It gave great coverage of the sun from all angles and would give pretty decent coverage from any rain showers. The only thing I felt was missing was a larger space to put all of our “stuff”.
Several of these third party rental groups are “Disney Featured Stroller Providers” which means they can drop a stroller off to your resort’s bell services desk without you being there. You can pick up and drop off your stroller with bell services at the specified time and Disney will take care of getting everything backed up and back to the company. It was extremely easy!
I considered bringing my own stroller to Disney to save a few dollars, but there were a lot of negatives for me…lugging it on the plane, it was a bit bulky, not as easy to open and close, and it takes more space than City Mini stroller. Plus, over the course of a week, it was only $65 to rent a stroller.
For those of you with 2 kids…double strollers? Even if your older child is in the age 8-10 range it’s probably worth it! While the cost is greater, it’s a nice place for them to sit and rest for a bit, a comfortable place to sit while you wait for parades, or just a place to hold to put your backpack instead of wearing it all day long. If you are traveling with a single child in the 7-10 range, I can definitely see that it would be difficult to convince him or her to sit in a stroller. Also, double check those weight limits before you make your reservation.
Back to Disney strollers. Be aware that they are expensive! Well over $30 a day for a double stroller and you can’t take them with you outside of the resort. Think about Downtown Disney or even just strolling around your resort or doing a little tour around other Disney resorts on a day off. Strollers are made of hard plastic, so likely not very comfortable, even for little bottoms. For a one or two day park stay, it still may be your best option. Don’t expect your little ones to take a nap in Disney’s rental strollers.
A few quick tips whether you bring a stroller or rent one…
- Bring some sort of brightly colored ribbon or scarf to identify your stroller at a quick glance in a sea of strollers. Disney Cast Members do shuffle strollers around to provide newcomers open space to park their strollers. Where you left your stroller may not be where you’ll find it.
- If you’re bringing your own food, make sure it’s in a secure bag. Not for people swiping it, for BIRDS! They are smart creatures in Disney. I’ve seen a bird pull a sandwich in a bag from the bottom of a stroller and a bag of chips off a table by the pool and peck them both open and take his own taste. Something solid with a zipper is most ideal.
- Don’t leave anything valuable inside your stroller. We left our refillable mugs and hats/jackets in the bottom of the stroller, but everything else came with us. If you’re concerned about losing something or getting something swiped, then bring it with you! There’s no regulations for bringing backpacks and personal belongings onto any Disney ride.
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