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How to Decide Whether to Bring or Rent a Stroller at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is a BIG place. Some estimate that on a full park day, you could walk up to 15 miles. That’s a lot for little legs! Having a stroller is essential for young kids, and generally you have three options to make it happen:

Bring Your Own – You know your own stroller’s functions, you’re familiar with the storage, your kids are comfortable with the seating. But that means you have to get it there and keep up with it.

Rent From Disney – At the parks you can rent a sturdy plastic stroller with a canopy—but without a reclining feature. For a fee (around $15 single, $30 double – length of stay discounts apply), you can enjoy the ease of not lugging a stroller on and off of buses, boats, and planes.

Rent From a Third Party – There are several companies around Orlando that will deliver a stroller right to your resort. (Three are specifically mentioned on the Disney website.) If you’re staying for three days or longer, the fee is less and the strollers will recline.

So is it better to rent a stroller or bring your own? Ask yourself the following questions to help make the best decision for your family.

How Are You Traveling? – If you’re driving to Orlando, your space restrictions consist only of the size of your vehicle versus the size of your luggage. If you’ve got the trunk space, bringing a stroller might be in your best interest if you feel you’ll need it often. If you’re flying, of course it will be an ordeal to get your stroller through security and onto the shuttle. But most airlines do not charge to check it at the gate, and it’s nice to have a stroller to help transport little ones through the airport.

How Big is Your Room? – Don’t forget that bringing a stroller also means storing a stroller. If you’ve driven or rented your own vehicle, of course you can leave it in the trunk. But if not, then be sure that you’ll have a place to keep the stroller in your resort room. Sometimes people will opt to bring small umbrella strollers for this reason…but of course that limits your features considerably.

How Old Are Your Kids? – Infants and toddlers need a substantial stroller in the parks. The stroller not only holds all the baby gear, it also becomes a nap time haven, which really rules out the non-reclining strollers inside the parks. However, young elementary age kids might just need an occasional break from walking. The sturdy, high-capacity, in-park rentals are perfect for this age.

What Else Will You Be Doing? – Will you need a stroller for other travels around Orlando? Do you see yourself talking walks around the Boardwalk with a stroller? Will you want a stroller just to get from place to place within your resort? In these cases, planning to rent solely within the parks is not going to work best for you, but bringing your own or renting from a third party will be perfect.

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We parents certainly are accustomed to the love-hate relationship we have with strollers. Thankfully, with the right information and planning, you can make a stroller choice that suits your family perfectly. Enjoy stroll(er)ing through Disney World!

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About Melissa

Melissa resides on Florida's beautiful Space Coast with her husband and four Disney-loving boys. She frequently allows skipping school for Disney World visits...because making memories is more important than math. Their family has also been seen on HGTV's hit show "My Yard Goes Disney."