If you’re heading to Walt Disney World or Disneyland with little ones, a stroller is going to be a must-have. You’ll easily walk 10+ miles in a day and while that can be difficult on adults, you know it’s even worse for children. Below is a guide to strollers at Walt Disney World and Disneyland and everything you need to know to have a successful trip.
Who Needs a Stroller
If you are traveling with a child 6-8 or younger, it’s wise to have a stroller in the parks. While they may not use one at home, the long days of walking may be too much on children. Of course, as with most things with children, you know your child best. Some parents may want to have a stroller for their 8 year old while others know their child won’t use it. It’s really up to you, but I highly recommend it for children 6-8 and younger.
Disney Stroller Guidelines
First things first, you CAN bring your own stroller to Walt Disney World and Disneyland. However, there are some guidelines you’ll have to follow.
- Strollers larger than 31” (79 cm) in width and 52” (132cm) in length are not permitted. Stroller wagons are also not permitted.
- Strollers are not allowed on escalators. Use of strollers is permitted on elevators and ramps, available at certain locations.
- A child must be removed from his or her stroller while riding on a parking lot tram.
- Do not leave personal belongings in an unattended stroller.
- Strollers may be moved by a Cast Member due to operational needs.
Strollers are not allowed in attraction queues or attraction vehicles other than strollers that are designated as a wheelchair for guests who have children with special needs. To get a stroller designated as a wheelchair, guests need to visit Guest Relations and will be given a red tag to hang on the stroller. The stroller will have to be within the allowable size of wheelchairs which can not exceed 36″ (92cm) in width and 52″ (132cm) in length.
Renting Strollers from Disney
While you can bring your own stroller, you might find that it’s easier to rent one each day. Strollers may be rented at each of the parks, Disney Springs (Walt Disney World), and Downtown Disney (Disneyland). A Single Stroller (recommended for children 50 lbs or less) is available for $15 per day or $13 for a multi-day rental (length of stay). Double strollers (recommended for children 100 lbs or less) are available for $31 per day or $27 for a multi-day rental. A $100 credit card deposit is required when renting strollers at Disney Springs or Downtown Disney.
Multi-Day or length of stay rentals are available and help reduce the cost slightly. At the beginning of your trip, you can pre-pay the number of days that you’ll require a stroller. You’ll receive a receipt which you’ll present each day to get your stroller.
This is a convenient option if you don’t want to travel with a stroller and don’t mind not having the stroller when you’re at your resort. The downside to this option is you now have a stroller that looks exactly like thousands of other strollers (queue the picking up the wrong checked luggage anxiety).
I recommend taking a look at the picture of the strollers below and ensuring that your child will be comfortable in it before deciding to go with this option.
Renting from a Third Party Vendor
Rather than renting through Disney, I recommend renting a stroller for your length of stay through a company such as Kingdom Strollers. Kingdom Strollers offers more durable and comfortable strollers and complimentary drop-off and pick-up of your stroller at your Resort (both on and off Walt Disney World property). There are a number of models available including single and double strollers and the Liberty Special Needs Stroller.
If you’re visiting Disneyland, I would recommend renting through ScooterBug, as they offer similar options.