There are all kinds of strollers in this world and they’re not all created equal. I’ve owned no less than 6 different strollers in my career as a mother, I’ve even been accused, rightfully-so, of being a stroller connoisseur by my husband more than once. From infant car-seat travel system, Jeep jogging stroller, umbrella stroller, rear-facing stroller frame, and now a Baby Jogger 3 wheel stroller, I’ve put my fair share of mileage on these wheeled devices. I’ve come to expect some creature comforts when it comes to my kids stroller like a mesh storage bag under or on the back of the seat, drink holders for me and my kid, locking pedal so mini-me doesn’t roll away when I take my hand off the handle, etc… All this being said, I ended up renting a stroller at Disney World right inside the gates of Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The following chronicles my experience and will hopefully help you to choose between the options available to you when deciding how to cart your kids around the various parks.
Just inside the gates of each of Disney’s theme parks, you’ll find a well-staffed, tidy stroller rental desk. I used a stroller for 3 days during my last visit so purchased a multi-day pass which brings the overall price down from $15 a day to $13 a day for a single stroller. Double Strollers rent for $31 a day or $27 if you purchase a multi-day pass. When purchasing a multi-day pass, hold on to your receipt and rental stubs so that you may present them upon entering a park each day. Strollers must be returned to a rental location before leaving the park. Naturally, with thousands of identical Disney strollers rolling around the park, I almost lost mine more than 3 times. Make sure you’ve written your name on the card provided at the rental facility and slip it into the plastic card holder to make your wheels easier to find.
The service provided by Disney stroller rental is great but having been used to a racehorse of a stroller back home, I found the Disney strollers wanting. I use a Baby Jogger stroller back home with all the bells and whistles, and sorely missed the drink holder, snack tray and additional storage my personal stroller provided. Yes, I agree I’m a stroller snob, but you try carrying a lemonade slushy around the park while pushing a stroller and holding a bag of disney merchandise and you might come to appreciate my pain. Totally a first-world problem I know… but we are on vacation and it’s nice to have some of these creature-comforts that you’re used to at home, right? The Disney strollers utilize a moulded plastic body and have a retractable sun shade that provides moderate coverage. It also has a locking break and mesh bag for belongings. Overall, I found the Disney strollers adequate even though they lacked certain features. They were clean and handled pretty well. That being said, I’m totally going to bring my own stroller the next time I come down.
Another option available to Disney visitors are private stroller rental companies who will magically deliver a stroller, that is far superior to those you’ll rent at the parks, right to your hotel or condo. Prices vary from $30 for the first day and $6.50 for each additional day for a single stroller and $40 for a double-stroller the first day and $7.50 each additional day. Strollers are steam cleaned and sanitized between uses and have superior sun shades to the Disney strollers. Another added benefit is the ability to recline the seats… a must if your little one dozes off in the park. We’ve included a list of these companies below:
Kingdom Strollers: (407) 271-5301
Magic Strollers: (866) 866-6177
Orlando Stroller Rentals: (800) 281-0884
So, considering the age of your kid(s) and your vacation budget, hopefully the above info can assist you in figuring out which of the above options is right for you. Additionally, wheelchairs and ECVs are available to rent as well in each of the parks. Happy trails!