I know traveling as a minimalist can be appealing but it doesn’t work well at Walt Disney World with little kids. Trust me. If the thought of using a stroller on your Disney trip crossed your mind even once, then you NEED one.
Walt Disney World is HUGE, with 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, and additional areas to explore like Build-a-Dino in Disney Springs. You will be doing a lot of walking on your trip. Seriously the Animal Kingdom is 500 acres just by itself. For me, the biggest benefit of a stroller is NOT carrying your exhausted kids out of the park at the end of the day. Carrying Elliot (much less Quinn) at the end of the night is not an option for me or my back.
A stroller provides seating for your kids anywhere you need it. Grabbing a bench can be tough on a busy day but with a stroller, your kids have a guaranteed seat. Plus a stroller put kids at a great height for watching parades.
You can bring EVERYTHING you want into the park, including the kitchen sink. 😉
I don’t really recommend overpacking but you do have leeway to bring extra things when you have a stroller. We usually keep sweatshirts, ponchos, wipes, snacks, and water stashed in the bottom of the stroller. We only need to carry a few essentials, a small bag with phones, cameras, wallets, etc, on rides. Trust me carrying less on rides is a bonus and having a few extra snacks (stashed in the stroller) will definitely save you money.
On rainy days or really hot days, the stroller’s canopy is a necessity. Little ones (and not so little ones) can get a break from the weather. We had to hide out at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during a crazy thunderstorm on our trip. It was really nice to have a place for the boys to sit, while we waited for the downpour to die down. A stroller can also be a great place for little kids to grab a mid-afternoon nap in the park.
You can rent strollers at Walt Disney World but they aren’t great. They are hard plastic strollers with limited shade. They are expensive, costing $15 a day for a single stroller and $31 a day for a double. The worst part about renting a Disney stroller is that you can’t take them out of the parks. If you’ve been to Walt Disney World before then you know that half of the wait/walk can be just getting between parks or back to your room. You MUST have a stroller you can use all the way back to your room at night.
Magic Strollers is an awesome option!
I love our Phil & Ted double stroller and we always use it at Disneyland. I know airlines aren’t super careful with luggage, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to ship our good stroller across the country. Luckily Magic Strollers, an Orlando-based stroller company provides an excellent alternative to renting strollers from Disney. They are a great solution if you don’t own a stroller or don’t have enough room in the car to pack one.
Why Magic Strollers?
1. They offer high-quality single and double stroller options. We rented a City GT Double Stroller which is much more comfortable than the Disney strollers and they have a great canopy for shade (or rain in our case).
2. Their strollers are cheaper than Disney’s. A single stroller costs $64 for 7 days, even with a multi-day discount, the hard plastic Disney stroller will cost $91 for 7 days. Plus you can’t use it outside the parks.
3. Magic Strollers is a preferred Disney vendor meaning they can leave your stroller with bell hop at your resort. You don’t have to be available to receive it and you can leave it with the bellhop when you check out. Not all stroller companies offer this service.
4. They don’t charge your card until 14 days prior to your arrival and you receive a full refund if you cancel 48 hours in advance. This works great for vacation planners, there’s no need to wait until plans are set before reserving a stroller.
5. Our stroller was in excellent condition, it didn’t feel like a loaner piece of equipment. Each stroller is cleaned and sanitized between customers and the strollers are delivered in a canvas travel bag keeping them clean during transport.
6. You can use their stroller to and from the parks, in downtown Disney, around the resorts or anywhere else you choose to visit while in Orlando.
A Few More Disney World Stroller Rental Tips
- Tip the bellmen if you do use them for stroller delivery – remember they are helping you out!
- Request a rain cover if the weather calls for it. We missed the boat on this one.
- Tie a balloon, ribbon or another unique item to make your stroller easier to find in the sea of stroller parking!
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Disclosure: Magic Strollers provided us with a stroller during our trip in exchange for sharing our honest experience with you. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I plan on renting a stroller from them on future Walt Disney World trips.
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This post was originally published July 10, 2014.