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Disney Stroller Rental – Should I Rent or Bring My Own?

Disney World announced that strollers would no longer be available for rent; Disney Stroller Rental was born!
Disney Stroller Rental - Should I Rent or Bring My Own?

Disney World announced that strollers would no longer be available for rent; Disney Stroller Rental was born! Disney Stroller Rentals provides a convenient and affordable way to make your Disney vacation more enjoyable.

We provide both renting and bringing your option so you can decide which is best for you. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of each option and help you decide if Disney Stroller Rentals is right for you!

Bring your own.

We recommend bringing your stroller to Disney World for those visiting with young kids if you don’t mind traveling with it.

We understand the hassle of flying with a stroller, but we find that it’s worth it. Rentals can add up quickly, and the umbrella strollers available in the parks are expensive for their size and look exactly alike.

It can be a pain to travel with it, but having my stroller makes life a lot easier. It’s easier to identify, I know how it maneuvers, and it has the features I need — no more, no less.

If you bring an infant with you, I highly recommend a stroller with a removable car seat. Strollers must be parked outside the attractions, but most shows and even some slow-moving rides will allow you to bring the car seat inside.

 Know your stroller’s size.

In 2019, a new stroller policy took effect at all Disney parks, including Disney World. All strollers at Disney World must be no larger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long.

While many strollers meet these guidelines, some do not. Measure before your trip to avoid any surprises when you arrive.

Disney World will not store oversized strollers, so if you’re bringing your own, they must be able to fit in the trunk of a car or on an airplane.

Leave the wagon at home.

Traditional pull wagons are not permitted. Since May 1, 2019, stroller wagons, such as the popular Keenz wagons, are not allowed at Disney World.

We’ve seen frog families with buggies turned away at security. You’d only waste precious park time by having to take it back to your car or hotel room.

Disney World does not store these items for you, so it’s best to leave them at home or back in your hotel room.

Buy a stroller when you arrive.

I’d only recommend buying a new stroller if you have a more extended vacation period that isn’t limited to the parks and you didn’t bring your own, whether you forgot or changed your mind.

If the Disney World stroller rental costs are significantly higher than the price tag of a cheap stroller from a local Target, Wal-Mart, or even Amazon (Prime can bring it directly to your hotel!), it makes more sense to buy.

That way, if you choose to venture outside of the parks, you can take the stroller with you. You can always bring it home, or if you want to pass on some Disney magic, gift it to another family waiting in the rental line on your last day of vacation.

Rent a stroller at Disney World.

If you choose to use a rental, pre-paying for the duration of your vacation will save a few dollars. You have the option of renting from Disney World or even a featured stroller rental provider.

Disney stroller rental locations are typically near the entrance of each park. Both single and double strollers are available and have two cup holders, a seatbelt, and a sunshade, and they come with a complimentary name placard to help identify your stroller.

A single stroller rental currently costs $15 per day, and a double stroller at Disney World costs $31 per day. Buying a multi-day/length-of-stay rental saves $2 per day for a single and $4 per day for a double. A $100 deposit is required for strollers rented at Disney Springs.

Stroller rentals are only available at the four main parks and Disney Springs, not at the resorts or water parks. You cannot remove strollers from the theme parks, so if you’re park hopping, you will need to rent (and return) at each park.

Hang onto your receipt because you only need to pay once a day! While I don’t generally recommend renting, it’s helpful to know that it’s an option if you change your mind about needing one or forget your own.

Bear in mind, Disney stroller rentals are better suited for older children.

If you have an infant or a young child who cannot sit upright, the Disney rentals are likely not the right fit for you.

These unpadded strollers require a tadpole to sit up straight. The only restraint is a simple lap belt (no chest harnesses), so you also have to make sure your tadpole won’t be able to slip out of the belt.

The Disney rentals are recommended for 50 pounds or less for tadpoles in a single stroller or 100 pounds or less in a double stroller.

The double stroller at Disney World has a bench-style seat and does not have a physical divider for the space between the seats.

If your tadpoles prefer not to touch each other, skip the rental and spare yourself from the inevitable bickering.

Know your stroller.

Whether it’s your stroller or a rental, make sure you are familiar with the stroller. It will make your trip so much easier if you know how to apply the brakes, how to collapse the stroller, and how it maneuvers!

If renting, take a few minutes before loading up and heading off into the park to familiarize yourself with these features.

With hundreds of strollers traveling through the gardens at any given time, it’s invaluable to have some identifier.

Disney rental strollers come with a paper “license plate” that you can write a name on to identify yours from the dozens of other Disney strollers.

Even though it’s Disney, you don’t want to leave a bunch of stuff with your unattended stroller, especially valuables.

I’ve seen different colored ribbons attached to strollers as identifiers, similar to luggage on a bag claim belt, to help distinguish one stroller from another.

Other folks have decorated with string lights, duct tape or carabiners, and key chains.

Be prepared to collapse your stroller.

Strollers must be folded when utilizing Disney transportation, which includes parking lot trams and Disney buses.

Traveling light will make it easier to load and unload in these situations. When getting off of the parking lot tram, make sure to move past the yellow line before opening and reloading your stroller so that the tram can leave to pick up other passengers.

Gear up for the weather.

Despite being known as the Sunshine State, Florida is notorious for its sudden showers, predominantly summer afternoons.

It’s always a good idea to be prepared for these surprise showers with a water-repellent cover made for your stroller, or in a pinch, one of those handy ponchos works almost as well.

Keeping a spare towel around can come in handy, as well, whether for drying off after a rainstorm (not to mention unexpected spills).

Consider bringing or buying a customizable stroller fan for those hot summer days. It’ll cool the tadpoles down and keep complaining to a minimum. Plus, it’s a bonus if it helps make a plain Disney stroller rental stand out!

Don’t panic if you can’t find your stroller.

Often, cast members will move strollers to organize them and make them more readily available at the attraction’s exit.

If a stroller is left in a walkway or an area in which it doesn’t belong, cast members will typically move it to the designated stroller parking area.

The signs for these are sometimes hard to see, but you can usually identify them by looking for a place where strollers are neatly organized near the exit of an attraction.

So if you come off of a ride and find that your stroller is not where you left it, don’t panic or cry, thief. It’s probably just been moved to the designated area.

If you don’t see it, let a cast member know where you left it and ask if it might have been moved and to where.

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