Taking a vacation at Disney World is a treat for the whole family. Our inner child is just as excited as our kids when they meet their favorite characters in person. With Disney being as huge of an attraction as it is, it can get tiring. One of the biggest ways to combat the struggle of little legs getting tired is to use a stroller. But like anything else, we want to know what the best stroller for Disney World is.
But what is the best option to fit your stroller needs at Disney World?
Do you need something more fitting to your budget, child size, vacation plans, or something else? Should you bring a stroller from home or rent one while you are there?
Whatever it is, I’m sure we have it covered in this very informative post about strollers at Disney World. By the time you finish reading this post, you’ll have an amazing vacation planned.
What we will cover:
- Disney World’s newest stroller policy updates (2019)
- Where strollers can/can not be used
- Other rules about stroller usage at Disney
- Why you want a stroller with you in the Disney Park
- Umbrella stroller vs a larger one, which is better and why?
- The best single stroller for Disney World
- The best double stroller for Disney World
- The best stroller for older kids
- Pro/Con of bringing a stroller
- Pro/Con of renting a stroller
- How to rent a stroller
- Stroller rental companies
- Crazy things to help you save money on strollers at Disney World
The latest updates on Disney World’s stroller policy
As of May 1st, 2019 Disney World updated their rules about strollers and what is/isn’t allowed. One of the biggest changes is that Stroller wagons are no longer permitted in the resorts or in the Disney World parks.
Another change is that they set a tighter size restriction on the strollers allowed in the parks. Strollers must now be no larger than 31 inches in width and 52 inches tall. At the gates, when you check in, you will notice marked areas for checking the size of your stroller to see if it fits within these standards.
While some cast members may have been more lenient in the past and allowed larger strollers to slip by, it seems as though Disney is really taking a crack at reducing the sizes. So make sure you double check the size of your stroller before taking it with you on your next trip. It’s a very long walk back to your car or hotel room if you can’t bring it in with you.
While we are on the topic- Let’s look at stroller usage rules for the Disney parks
- Strollers cannot be used on escalators but can be used on elevators, ramps and certain locations.
- Your child must be removed from the stroller when you’re riding on the parking lot tram.
- You’re not allowed to leave any of your personal belongings in an unattended stroller.
- Cast members are allowed to move your stroller if it interferes with any operational needs.
Why you want to bring a stroller with you into a Disney park
Disney is 25,000 acres (about 40 square miles) of park to explore. This giant playground of childhood fantasy is not for the average family to explore completely on foot in one day.
This is especially true if you plan on packing your own snacks, drinks or cameras. Not to mention anything you may need for your kids including sunscreen, extra clothes, diapers, and bottles. That doesn’t even include the souvenirs you’ll purchase while in the park either, as that also adds to your carry load.
You can pack a lot of items within a backpack or two, there is no doubt about that. But after several hours in the heat, rain, wind, or whatever mother nature is throwing at you, why would you want to? Bringing a stroller with you gives you so much more than you may think.
Some perks of having a stroller with you include:
- Having someplace to hold all of your possessions, so your body doesn’t have to (no backpack).
- There’s someplace for the little ones to sit and rest their tired feet or nap.
- After walking for so long, you may look to the stroller as a helpful walker, allowing you to conveniently lean on it for support.
- Most come equipped with drink holders, allowing you to have free hands.
Umbrella stroller vs a larger one
What is an umbrella stroller?
An umbrella stroller is a much smaller stroller for small kids and babies usually within the $15-$30 retail price range. The low cost and small space that they take up are usually great selling points for parents. A lot of people consider taking them into Disney parks with them, but is that the smarter choice? Here’s how a small umbrella stroller and larger one compare when side by side.
- Great for quick trips- not so great for an entire day at Disney
- Very portable, lightweight and takes up hardly any space. Great for traveling, using in a taxi or Uber, or packing in a large suitcase.
- Cute designs, but not every umbrella stroller offers a canopy to block sunlight from your child’s head and face.
- Can usually fit kids from 6 months to 3 years depending on size and age restrictions (check your manual to see). Unfortunately, they do not fit car seats.
- Can be equipped to a car seat for smaller babies or fit larger children without a car seat.
- Almost always has a covered top, or could be fitted with a rain cover.
- Has extra storage space and cup holders.
- Seats can be reclined for comfy naps.
- Can have a tray to hold food, so kids can eat on the go.
- Takes up more space, not as easy to travel with.
The best single strollers
Here are some top recommended single strollers based on parental reviews. Included is the name of the stroller and what parents loved most about it.
Besides having a decent amount of storage space, this stroller also allows for an older child to tandem ride behind the baby.
It features a quick one-hand fold that makes your life easier as you get on/off buses and Uber rides.
It has a 360-degree swivel, making it easy for quick turns and maneuvering around crowds.
The best double stroller for Disney World
Here are some top recommended double strollers based on parental reviews. Included is the name of the stroller and what parents loved most about it.
There is a lot of storage space and just like the city mini single, the folding is one-handed.
It’s compact, lightweight and offers some SPF protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
It can fit two car seats or a car seat plus an older child. It also has multiple positioning options.
The best stroller for older kids
What parents loved most- it has a much larger size and weight restriction. Great for disabled children or older kids with mobility issues. Especially now that wagons are no longer allowed.
Fits up to 75lbs, and is compact with storage space. Plus, since it’s a jogging stroller it is designed for quick turns and easy swiveling
Can fit kids up to 75lbs and has a one-hand fold. The seat can also be adjusted with one hand too.
Pro/Con of bringing a stroller or renting a stroller
Pros for bringing strollers from home
- You can bring a stroller that you know your child likes.
- No wondering about germs, or where something “has been” because you will know.
- You save money by not needing to rent
Cons for bringing strollers from home
- You have to adjust all travel plans to accommodate the stroller
- You could end up missing out on cheaper/faster opportunities because the stroller won’t fit in your Uber or on the bus
- If it gets lost or stolen, you have to buy a new one
Pros for renting a stroller
- There’s insurance you can add to your rental agreement so you aren’t stuck paying the bill if the stroller gets stolen.
- You don’t have to pack it with you or worry about travel accommodations.
- They can be brought straight to your hotel room. Talk about convenient!
Cons for renting a stroller
- It costs money. The more days you have it for, the better the prices per day are- but it’s still about the same price as buying a stroller brand new.
- Some strollers have to be reserved months in advance, and even then it’s not a for sure thing.
- Your stroller rental could be canceled at any time without warning, leaving you to immediately make a backup plan.
How to rent a stroller
If you decide that you want to rent a stroller for your Disney World vacation, the best thing to do is figure out how many days you’ll need it for. Once you know how many days, and what days are needed, figure out which type of stroller will best fit in with your itinerary.
You can look up the Stroller rental companies and see what options they have available, and for a glance on their prices. Doing this will help you to find the best plan for your budget and vacation plans.
Stroller rental companies
- Simple Stroller $25 for the first day $5 per day after
- Kingdom Strollers about $15 per night
- Magic Strollers costs about $10 per night
Crazy things to help you save money on strollers at Disney World
Buy a used stroller from a local consignment shop or marketplace once you get down to the area. When you are done, bring it home and sell it for close to what you paid.
Rent a double stroller even if you only have one kid. Use one seat for the child and one for your stuff.
Rent your stroller for multiple days instead of one at a time. Stroller rental companies give discounts when you do more than one day at a time.
If you rent your stroller, keep the receipt. Make sure you keep it on your person and not inside the stroller. If your stroller is lost, you can have it replaced at no charge so long as you have the receipt in hand.
Now that you have an idea on what strollers you want to use and how you want to use them, let’s quickly touch base on theft.
Do strollers get stolen at Disney World?
How do you prevent stroller theft?
It sounds crazy that you should even have to worry about someone wanting to steal a stroller. But these pricey baby-pushing carts are incredibly valuable and with them being on wheels, it makes it easier for thieves to push them to a fast getaway.
There are several places in Disney World where strollers cannot enter. It’s common for them to be lined up outside the buildings as guests go inside. It’s also easy to mistake the wrong cart for your own, or vice versa.
So here are a few preventative things that you can do to keep your stroller and possessions safe.
Don’t store and cash or valuables inside your cart. If at all possible, keep your purse, wallet, and phone in a pocket, fanny pack or backpack so that they never leave your person.
If you bring your stroller from home, make sure it’s easily distinguishable from all the other look-a-like strollers. If that means bring a special poncho cover that doesn’t look like all of the others sold at Disney World, that’s a good start!
Tag your stroller with your name and contact phone number listed on it just in case it gets lost. This helps good samaritans to find you and give it back.
For about $20 you can buy this little tag from Amazon called Tile. It’s a small tracking device that links up to the Bluetooth on your phone. Sew it on to your stroller and if you misplace your stroller, you can find it by activating the tracker.
It will play a song, loud enough for you to hear. If by chance it’s out of bluetooth range, your options are slightly more limited. If someone else has the Tile device setup and was near your cart, you can see where it was last spotted based on their location. It’s not a perfect system, but it definitely helps to give you a place to start looking.
Now you know everything that you need to know about strollers at Disney World!
Of these, which do you think is the best stroller for Disney World? Are you going to pack your own or rent a stroller on your next vacation?