Is a Stroller Necessary at WDW?

Is a stroller necessary? Well, in my personal opinion, YES! I will start off by saying -that our daughter has been to WDW twice – during her 2nd birthday and again 9 months later. So, at her age, it is a definite must have.

Having a stroller with you at WDW, or any theme park for that matter, is a wondrous and glorious thing! If our daughter is sleepy and tired of walking, she is welcome to hop in. If we find that we have purchased too much stuff (whoops!), and our daughter is happy to walk or skip along, look at our fancy cart! Also, for anyone who carries a backpack while in the parks, it’s a great resting spot to give your back a break, especially on a hot day!

Not everyone may feel the same way, but if you do, there are some things you need to consider. How are you traveling from your home to WDW? Do you want to have your own stroller? Do you want to rent? Or, maybe purchase a cheap umbrella stroller upon arrival? Well, let’s look at all the options.

Bringing your own Stroller

For those driving, or maybe even traveling via train, I would suggest bringing your own stroller. Not only do you have the ease and comfort of a familiar friend, but so does your little one. And, there is a high probability that they will get it messy, have an accident, or even put a Mickey sticker on the tray. That being said, it’s not a HUGE deal as it might be with one you don’t own, such as a rental.

If traveling via train, remember that you will need to have your stroller packed as well. You can purchase a stroller cover at any large baby retail store. Also, you can go the cheap route and double bag your stroller in large black yard trash bags. Train baggage handlers are typically a gentle group and there really shouldn’t be a concern of damage if choosing the latter option. Additionally, when traveling via train, your train fare covers two pieces of  checked luggage per person, up to 50 pounds each, plus two carry on pieces, so no need to worry about any additional cost there!

Renting a Stroller

However, if you are traveling via airplane, especially from overseas, I would definitely suggest the added cost of renting a stroller. I say this because most of us that have traveled by plane have witnessed the torment our luggage endures when traveling. The baggage handlers aren’t typically so kind, throwing our luggage and precious items as though they are a stack of newspapers or fluffy pillows that won’t break.

If planning to rent a stroller, it can be a little overwhelming looking at options and comparing prices from the MANY companies offering services to WDW. I have helped to alleviate (hopefully) some of that stress and provided some of the most popular and highly rated options below, and those recommended by WDW:

Prices vary from $13-$15 daily for a single stroller, and from $27-$31 for a double stroller.

WDW strollers cannot be taken from park to park, and must be picked up at each park. Also, you do not have stroller options. WDW provides the low bottomed plastic strollers.

Note: If you and your family have park hopper passes, it might be best to avoid a single day stroller rental from WDW. Once you have used your daily rental in one park, it cannot be used that same day in an alternate park.

Orlando Strollers is one of three recommendations from WDW.

This company offers a variety of stroller options based on your family needs. They rent single and double strollers, as well as a Pushchair for older children over the age of 8.

Rental prices vary based on rental period and stroller type desired:

Single Strollers start at $40-$45 for 1-3 nights.

Double Strollers start at $50-$65 for 1-3 nights.

Pushchair rental starts at $100 for 1-3 nights.

Stroller brands available: Baby Jogger City, Baby Jogger Mini GT, Baby Jogger Summit, Baby Jogger Liberty Pushchair

Included Extras: rain cover

Delivery Provided?: Yes

Magic Strollers is one of three recommendations from WDW.

This company offers both single and double stroller options with prices starting at $33/night. Options available include:

Single Strollers start at $33-$45 for the first night, and less than $7-$8 each additional night.

Double Strollers start at $45-$60 for the first night, and less than $8-$9 each additional night.

For example, a rental for 4 nights of the single stroller starting at $33 will only cost about $50 after taxes.

Stroller brands available: Baby Jogger City, Baby Jogger Mini GT, Baby Jogger Summit

Included Extras: rain cover

Delivery Provided?: Yes

Kingdom Strollers is one of three recommendations from WDW.

This company is pretty comparable to Orlando Strollers based on pricing and options, but always nice to have additional options when renting along with thousands of others!

Rental options available include:

Single Strollers start at $40-$45 for 1-3 nights.

Double Strollers start at $50-$65 for 1-3 nights.

Pushchair rental starts at $90 for 1-3 nights.

Stroller brands available: Baby Jogger City, Baby Jogger Mini GT, Baby Jogger Summit, Baby Jogger Liberty Pushchair

Included Extras: rain cover

Delivery Provided?: Yes

Purchasing a Stroller

Personally, I would say this is unnecessary with the rental options available. Yes, many of the resort shops sell umbrella strollers, but they really do not hold up given the hours and miles traveled daily in a single park. Also, an umbrella stroller can’t house your shopping goodies. 😉

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Just off the bus at Epcot! March 2015

Whether you decide to bring your own, rent, or purchase upon arrival, if you have a younger child, strollers are a must! Our Britax has logged a lot of miles at WDW, and we are looking forward to adding more next spring! Oh, and as a friendly reminder to any other families who own the red/black Britax stroller – good luck! It is VERY popular, so it might be a good idea to have something easily identifiable on the stroller itself!

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Fell asleep while waiting for Donald! December 2015

 

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