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How to Get a Stroller on the Airplane

Hello, my family is leaving for Disney next week, and I have a question for you experienced travelers out there. We want to take our stroller with us, because it will be cheaper than renting one. We have our old Graco single stroller, and I don't care if it gets beat up in the process of traveling. My question is: I've seen strollers coming in with the luggage at airports wrapped in clear plastic with the luggage tag on it. Has anyone doen this before? Do I jsut take my stroller to the counter with the rest of our luggage and ask them to wrap in the clear plastic and have it checked as luggage? Or do I have to find the plastic to do this myself? I've even seen this done with carseats. I've never done this before and just wondering if any of you have any advice or tips for me. We are flying on Ted for United. Thanks!

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You can take the stroller with you until you board the plane. At the door they take it and put it in storage last, when you get off the plane it's waiting in the vestibule right before you make it down the ramp. They do the same with wheelchairs.

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The two times we flew (both to Florida) I took my daughter in her stroller to the gate and then right before you get on the plane they check it and when you land it's there right after you get off the plane. I've never seen it actually checked like you would check luggage.

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If you want to check it like luggage and not use it in the airport, then you need to wrap it yourself and check it when you check your luggage. If you want to use it in the airport, then gate check it. Just bring it to the gate and ask for a gate check. They will give you a tag for it, you can roll the stroller right to the actual door of the plane. Then fold it up and leave it there, they will put it and have it waiting for you there when you get off the plane. I totally recommend the gate check, you may have a sleeping kid to take off the plane and they are much easier to roll through the airport than carry. Have a fun trip!

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Hi A.,

You can just check your stroller at the gate when you get on the plane. That way you are able to use it in the airport too. When you board the plane, you just leave it at the end of the walkway and they will take it below and then bring it up for you when you reach your destination (hopefully). Our stroller kept getting sent to baggage claim at the destination, but they are supposed to bring it up to you when you deplane.

Have fun!
L.

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You can take the stroller with you until you board the plane. At the door they take it and put it in storage last, when you get off the plane it's waiting in the vestibule right before you make it down the ramp. They do the same with wheelchairs.

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Hi A.,

You can bring the stroller to the ticket counter and when you check in request a stroller tag. Then when you board, you leave it just outside the airplane's door. Once you land, it will be in the same place (may have to wait a few minutes). You are going to my favorite place, we head there in June, I am a disney nut(according to hubby!), if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at ____@____.com
Have a great trip
C.

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Yeah, you definitely want to gate-check the stroller, it makes getting through the airport so much easier. You will have to empty it and fold it down to get through security, they fit easily through most conveyor x-ray machines. Once you get to your gate, ask the clerk behind the counter for a gate check claim tag, they'll either attach it immediately or just as you board. At the end of the jetway, just before getting on the plane, you'll want to again empty the stroller (I've left jackets in the basket that come back wet and freezing), fold it down and lock the wheels. They generally only get beat up if the guys loading up need to fold it themselves, since they don't know wyour particular stroller.
Also, we just had a Disney trip a couple weeks ago, and the most important advice is to work the FastPass. Go early in the morning and ride on Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean (with older kids) first thing before it gets crowded because they do not use FastPass. But the rest of the rides do. Good luck and have a great time!

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take your stroller all the way to the gate. the gate agent will give you a "gate check" ticket. You can roll your baby all the way to the door of the plane, then fold up your stroller and leave it at the end of the jetway. When you get off the plane in Orlando, the stroller will be sitting on the jetway right outside the airplane door. When we check our carseats as luggage, we use recycling blue bags or extra large garbage bags to protect them.

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We are actually in disney right now.. it is great. We brought our stroller and carseat. We flew through southwest and they were awesome. They wrapped them both in plastic and were loaded last just give it to them when you check in. Not a scratch or anything. good luck.. You are gonna love Disney!!!

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