Z.C. asks from Poughquag, NY on September 28, 2008
Strollers at Disney World
We are going on our first family vacation in Oct. We are going to Disney World for 6 days and 7 nights. I'm sure we will have a great time! My only concern is strollers. I know we need them, for both kids, because they will not be able to walk for so long. My son is 5 years old, weights 50 pounds and is 4 feet tall. My daughter is 3 years old, weights 34 pounds and is 3 feet 2 inches tall. We have a great Maclaren twin stroller and it works well for shorter trips but there is NO way I can push them all through Disney. And I don't even want to have to take turns doing it with my husband. Plus, then we can't each go a different direction if need be. I was thinking of buying two single strollers but I'm not sure what is a good stoller for my 5 year old. He is pretty big and they all seem so small. Or, I know Disney rents strollers which sounds great. But I don't see any pictures of what they look like. I'm afraid we would get there and he wouldn't fit. Anybody ever rent one? Anybody have any good advice about strollers?
S.K. answers from Albany on September 29, 2008
I have been to Disney twice wih my kids and my son is a big boy as well. We rent the strollers at the parks. They are a plastic stroller and thay have single and double strollers. Your children will fit fine. If you rent them at the park and decide to park hop your stroller rental is good at all the parks so you just get one when you get to the new park. I would recommend renting the stroller instead of buying one. Have a great trip you will love it.
Momof 3 1 boy age 7 2 girls ages 5 and almost 2
J.P. answers from Syracuse on September 29, 2008
DO NOT BUY STROLLERS for DISNEY. They have great double strollers you can use there. The last time we went was back in 2003 and we were not charge for them. i have heard that they are now charging a rental fee but you get part of it back when you return the stroller. My kids loved riding in the one we rented. They both fell asleep for a little while in the stroller. They were really comfortable. My oldest son at the time was 50 pounds and 4 years old. My youngest was 20 months old and weighed 30 pounds. They are great double strollers. The best way I can describe them is they look like a double jogging stroller but the seats are lower to the ground. If you ever watch Jon and Kate Plus 8 they used 3 of these strollers for their trip to Disney. some one on youtube put a video up of still photos. There is one from their trip that shows the strollers. If you are patient enough to get through all of the other pictures. Here is the link.
the picture is 1min45sec into the video.
R.T. answers from Syracuse on September 29, 2008
We have four children, and have done Disney both with our own stroller and then with the ones they rent at Disney. By far, it's much easier to rent one of their strollers than to bring your own. They are designed to make it easy to get your kids in and out of them, and the children like riding in them. They should be large enough for your children. If you're concerned, call the Guest information line at ###-###-#### and they will put you in contact with the right people.
May I offer a word of advice? Pace yourself with the kids. Over the years we've learned that doing a few things in the morning that require a lot of energy is a good thing, but only if you can pause during mid-day and have lunch, nap and/or swim in the pool. After taking a break, then going back to the parks is much more enjoyable. There's nothing worse than anticipating having all this fun and then having kids melt down because they're overstimulated and frustrated! If you're staying on the properties, it's good to do the early morning admissions to the parks, and by the time you've done the first hour, the other people are coming in so the lines get longer. It's well worth making sure you start early and then take the mid-day break.
Have a wonderful time! October is great because there are fewer crowds there (well, Columbus Day might be the exception) and the temperatures are mild.
J.C. answers from New York on September 29, 2008
Disney rents singles and doubles, and your 5 year old will definitely fit. There is a rental charge, but renting theirs has a huge advantage: no one steals yours. You will be leaving your stroller in 'stroller parking' at most rides and attractions; why even worry whether it will be there later or not? And why lug yours from the hotel every day on the trams, busses, or boat (they tend to be very crowded)? Plus, you can decide what you want each day (double or single) depending on what areas you're planning to visit. You can go online and check the rental cost, if that would be a deciding factor.
L.M. answers from New York on September 29, 2008
We went to Disney in May without any strollers. Our girls, now 6 and 4.5 both weigh close to 40 pounds each. They were tough enough to walk around the parks, when they were tired, we carried them on our shoulders for about 15 minutes,went to see a show, sat down to eat, etc... then asked them to walk and they were fine. They just needed an energy boost. The strollers cost $15 per day single and $30 per day double. We saved $$, but in my opinion, if you really need one, bring your own umbrella (lightweight) stroller(s) so that you don't have to worry about returning/renting etc...
Most of all, enjoy your trip! Have fun!!
S.T. answers from New York on September 29, 2008
Definitely bring your own strollers from home. The ones they have at Disney are pretty expensive to rent daily. I was also kind of grossed out by how many leaky diapers could have possibly been in there! :s I think they are 20 or 30 dollars a day...so that will get really expensive if you have 2 for 7 days. We just got back from Disney a few months ago and I had to rent a stroller for one day because ours got wet....
So all in all, again I would totally recommend that you bring one (or 2 in your case!). I'm sure you can find some really inexpensive umbrella stroller at babys r us, or....maybe check on craigslist for moms getting rid of strollers?....if you wanna go that route. Good luck and have fun! Embrace the Disney experience!
C.D. answers from New York on September 29, 2008
Whichever strollers you decide to use- be sure to still keep all of your valuables on your person. A friend of mine rented a stroller at Disney this past spring, left it where she was instructed while going on a ride and the stroller was stollen. Not something you want to think about happening at the Happiest Place on Earth...
Have a good trip!
C.G. answers from New York on September 29, 2008
It is definitely a good idea to have a stroller at Disney. The kids definitely get exhausted after all the walking around. Also if need be you can move much faster pushing them somewhere then waiting for them to walk! Disney has single and double strollers and they are very roomy so I am sure your son would fit fine. They are about $8/day or you can get a deal on multiple day rentals. I think it is worth the cost and convenience, especially if you are flying and realistically your kids would probably not use the single strollers much after this trip. I am sure most times they prefer to walk.