When heading to Disney World with kids, a stroller is a must. You'll be walking several miles a day. Unless your kid is used to that much walking, you'll want a stroller on hand.
You have several options for strollers (and if you are looking for stroller gear you can check out my gear list here). Here I will discuss the pros and cons of bringing your own stroller, your options for buying strollers, and your options for renting strollers (including a special occasion carriage stroller!).
You'll also want to note that Disney has a few rules about strollers that you'll need to be aware of before you try to enter the parks:
Bringing your own stroller is probably your best option if you have a child under 3, and you are flying. Your child wont be able to walk through the airport without assistance, so having that stroller with you at the airport will be a lifesaver.
It is also a great option if you are driving, and you can just toss it in your trunk. This will be a huge cost savings.
Having your own stroller also offers a level of comfort for little ones who may want to nap in the stroller. They know their stroller, and might be more comfortable during your trip.
The downside is getting your stroller through security. You'll have to fold it up and get it through the x-ray while also holding your little guy.
If you want to have an umbrella stroller for your trip, but you don't want to drag it with you, buying a stroller in Orlando might be a good option for you.
This is a great option if you have a car. You can stop at a store off Disney property to pick one up. You can also have a cheap umbrella stroller delivered via amazon. Have it shipped to your resort for convenience.
This is a great CHEAP option! It will get you through your trip without breaking the bank or having to lug around a stroller as you travel. And when your trip is over if you no longer want your stroller you can gift it to another family. Spread the Disney Magic!
Disney gives you the option of renting a stroller while at the park. The upside to this is that their strollers are big and sturdy. An older kid who wouldn't normally need a stroller, but who maybe will have trouble with all of the walking required can use one of these strollers no problem.
The downside? You have to rent in the park. So that takes a chunk of time out of your park arrival. It also means your kid has to be able to walk from the bus stop or parking lot unassisted. Also, these strollers don't recline. This could make stroller naps harder for little ones.
*Amazing for a unique experience that will make your child a princess for a day*
This company specializes in strollers for little princesses. You will get an amazing stroller similar to Cinderella's carriage. This is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion with your little one. Add a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique visit for a complete Princess experience.
Renting a stroller is a great option if you have a child who can walk through the airport on their own, but walking all day at the parks will be too much. This will save you the hassle of dragging your stroller through security at the airport.
Note that as of October 1 Disney has changed their policy on third party rental companies dropping off rental strollers at your resort. Strollers can no longer be left at Bell Services, and drop off and pick up must be handled in person.
There are several companies in Orlando that will rent you a stroller for your trip. Some things to note about these companies:
These are the companies that I recommend for third party rentals:
Pros:Strollers can accommodate a child up to 70 lbs. A parent console is included in delivery.
Cons:Insurance and rain covers are not included with your rental.
Pick Up / Drop Off: You will need to arrange to meet the A Simple Stroller representative at your resort for drop off and pick up.
Pros: Most easily navigated website for reservations. Options available for children up to 75 lbs.
Cons: Fewer options of strollers available overall. Insurance is an additional fee.
Drop Off / Pick Up: Must be arranged to drop off and pick up at Magic Stroller Warehouse.
Pros: Rain cover is included with rental. You can also rent cribs, bouncer seats, beds, baby pillows, toys, high chair, and kitchen equipment (toasters, microwaves, etc…)
Cons: $100 minimum for drop off.
Drop Off / Pick Up: You will need to arrange to meet the A Baby's Best Friend Stroller representative at your resort for drop off and pick up.
Pros: Rain covers and complimentary coolers are included in your rental. Option available for children up to 75 lbs. Discounts available for military and first responder families.
Cons: Insurance is an additional fee.
Drop Off / Pick Up:You can pick up at their warehouse, meet them at your resort for pickup, or pick up at Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Pros: Rain covers and parent consoles are includes at no charge. They provide grocery delivery coupons with your rental. They have options for children up to 75 lbs.
Cons: Insurance is an additional fee.
Drop Off / Pick Up: You will need to arrange to meet the Kingdom Stroller representative at your resort for drop off and pick up.
Pros: They offer wheelchairs and EVC rentals as well as strollers.
Cons:Only one stroller option available to rent.
Drop Off / Pick Up: You will need to arrange to meet the Apple Stroller representative at your resort for drop off and pick up.
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