When visiting Walt Disney World with kids you already have plenty to worry about between planning, packing and keeping track of the kids during your travels. Then you have to make sure there is enough room left for your stroller. If flying into Orlando International Airport you will have to check the stroller with other baggage. If you are driving to Florida you will need to make sure there is room in your car after loading your luggage. Also, if you bring your own stroller with you, there is the hassle of taking it on and off the buses and trams.
So the planning question is: Do you take your stroller with from home or rent one of Disney’s strollers? That can be a touch question to answer, but here are a few suggestions that might help you with your decision.
First of all, if your child is less than two years old, definitely bring your own stroller. At that age they will be more comfortable and secure in their own stroller. The strollers available at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks are not padded and little ones who cannot sit up on their own do not get the support your stroller can give them.
It is highly recommended to rent a stroller for any children over the age of two, because they will be able to sit up in one of the Disney strollers and still be comfortable. If they still nap, bring a blanket to give them some cushion for their head.
Renting a stroller from Walt Disney World also eliminates the hassle of packing and unpacking it. Opening and closing it. It is one less thing that you will have to worry about while on vacation.
You can rent a stroller at the entrance of any of the four Disney Theme Parks. They are available on a first come first serve basis, but they rarely ever run out. The cost of renting a stroller is $15 per day for a single-passenger stroller and $31 per day for a double-passenger stroller.
If you will be visiting the Disney World Theme Parks for multiple days, there is a discount if you purchase the stroller rental for your entire stay at one time. Price when purchasing multiple days is $13 for per day single-passenger strollers and $27 per day for double-passenger strollers.
Just a suggestion, if you can afford it get the double-passenger stroller do it. This will give your little one more room when it comes to napping. But if watching your Disney spending a single-passenger stroller will give them comfort room, they will just lie back instead of lying across the two seat at nap time.
Should you choose to park hop, keep your rental ticket from the first park you visited and take it to the next park. This will eliminate you having to re-pay for your stroller rental.
Strollers can be rented at the following locations:
- Magic Kingdom Park at the Stroller Shop just inside the main entrance.
- Epcot in the east side of the Entrance Plaza and at the International Gateway.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Oscar’s Super Service just inside the main entrance.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Garden Gate Gifts near the entrance to the park.
- Downtown Disney at the Wonderful World of Memories in the Marketplace and at DisneyQuest Emporium in the West Side.
No double-passenger strollers are available at Downtown Disney and there is a $100 credit card deposit required at the Downtown Disney location only.
Hopefully this helps you decide whether or not to pack a stroller for your Walt Disney World vacation.