To pack or not to pack a stroller… that’s always the question when travelling with kids to Walt Disney World.
With limited baggage allowance for families flying to Orlando and limited trunk space for those driving there, it’s sometimes a difficult decision to make.
The Disney World area (theme parks, Downtown Disney and surrounding hotels and resorts) is huge – a little over 30,000 acres.
That’s a lot of walking if you want to see and do everything!
Combine walking with sweltering temperatures (depending on the time you visit), some kids can get fussy or cranky when tired.
Having travelled to Disney World with one child and now two children (one who doesn’t normally sit in a stroller or shopping cart at home), I say having a stroller is an absolute must.
Here are a few stroller options for your family:
1. Bring an Umbrella Stroller
Small strollers do not count towards baggage allowance on most airlines.
If you have two or more children that require strollers, then you’re looking at either packing a double stroller or a single for each child. Call your airline to double check what their policy is on strollers.
2. Buy a Stroller
If you have a car, you can buy a stroller from a big box store (Walmart, Target) for $20-50. Single umbrella Strollers are also available for purchase at many gift shops in the parks and Downtown Disney.
This is the cheapest option for parents who don’t want to travel with a stroller or strollers from home.
Be forewarned though, most of these strollers don’t have a lot of storage space if any under the seat, may not offer enough sun protection (the ones we saw in the gift shops had a very small shade cover) and will not work for older kids.
The disadvantage to buying a stroller is deciding whether to bring it home with you. Again, luggage limits or available trunk space may affect your decision.
3. Rent a Disney Stroller
Strollers are available for rent at each of the theme parks and Downtown Disney.
Disney strollers are very spacious and perfect for older kids who cannot fit into an umbrella stroller or don’t need to be sitting in one all day, every day.
While they are not the most comfortable (they are 100% plastic with no padding) and do not recline, they do provide a place to rest their tired feet.
This is not the most economical option. Double strollers cost $31 a day. Times that by 7 days and you’re out $200. A few dollars more can get you a car rental in Florida!
Another downside is that the strollers can’t be taken outside of the parks or Downtown Disney.
So after a long day of rides, shows and attractions, you may have to carry your kids onto the monorail, bus or to and from your car.
Renting a Disney stroller at the parks is a good option for parents with older kids as you probably won’t need to rent one every day depending on your touring schedule.
4. Rent a Stroller Offsite
There are several companies in the Orlando area that rent out strollers and other equipment parents might need.
Most strollers can be reserved online and the majority of rental companies will deliver it to your resort or hotel free of charge.
There are many advantages of renting a stroller offsite. Most of the strollers are similar to jogging strollers you are used to at home.
During our last trip in March we got a double stroller from Orlando Stroller Rentals. It was perfect for our two kids and had a lot of storage space under their seats.
Unlike a rental from Disney, your stroller is yours for the week or however long your vacation is. You can take it onto the bus, monorail or anywhere else you happen to visit during your stay in Orlando.
Prices are a bit lower than a Disney stroller rental and having them drop off and pick up is extremely convenient when you are travelling with over excited young ones to the most magical place on earth.
Still not sure if you really need a stroller? You can always make your decision once you get there.