Strollers at Disney- Do you really need one?
Written by: Erika Post, Made Of Magic Travel
How many miles a day do you think you put in each day at a Disney Park? On average, 7-10 miles. Quite possibly even more.
Even the highest energy kids sometimes have a hard time going the whole day. Honestly, at the end of the day, I would like a stroller for myself!
Let’s talk about advantages and disadvantages to taking a stroller especially with a child or children who don’t normally need a stroller anymore.
The biggest advantage is having a place for them to sit and rest or even sleep. It is also a great place to store your recently purchased sweatshirts, droids, and snacks. For kids who don’t always need a stroller you can also leave your stroller parked in a stroller parking area and explore a land. You just come back to it when you’re ready to find magic elsewhere. The disadvantage of having a stroller is you must fold it for transportation, park it and remember where you parked it.
What if you don’t even have one anymore? Your magic coordinator can help! We can advise you on how to rent one of the Disney strollers at each park or help you rent one from an offsite vendor.
Renting one from Disney itself is great because you can just grab it when you’re there, they have fun Disney theming, and you don’t have to worry about folding it on transportation because you will return it at the theme park.
An offsite stroller rental company can provide you with a stroller as well that you can take anywhere and everywhere. This is also a great option for those who are also visiting other area attractions. This is also a fantastic option if you normally have a single stroller and need a double stroller for the trip.
If you are taking your own stroller, which kind is best? And can I take my wagon stroller?
Disneyland and Disneyworld both do not allow wagons or stroller wagons. This would be another great time to rent a stroller; if you usually use a wagon instead, you can just rent one for the trip! All strollers must fit within 31 inches wide and 52 inches long. They will have a painted off box area to park your stroller in if there are questions on its size.
The “best” stroller for your trip will depend on you, your trip, and your family. You can either do something small and compact that you can take on an airplane with you, or you can do a full-size stroller.
I like to take my full-size stroller with me, also known in our family as “the beast”. I can load up my whole family’s things for the days in the basket. The drawback to taking the giant stroller is that it is indeed giant. It can be a little harder to navigate in tight spots in the airport or the parks and takes up more room in the hotel.
Some people prefer to take something like an umbrella stroller, or a tri-fold stroller. While this does have less storage by nature, they do also tend to fold quickly and easily, take up less space and can navigate large crowds with ease. This can sometimes be a better choice for older kids who only need a stroller for the end of the day on the long walk back to your resort or hotel.
Your magic coordinator will be able to help you figure out which is the best option for you and if you need help renting one offsite or knowing where to go to rent one for the day as well as current costs.