Disney vacations require a lot of planning, but when you’re visiting with a child or children, you’ll need to do even more planning especially if your child needs a stroller.
So how do you decide what you need? If your child uses a stroller at home, he or she will definitely need one in Disney. If your child outgrew the stroller at home, you still might want to get him or her a stroller for Disney since guests can walk ten to fifteen miles, or more, in a single day. Little feet can get very tired when walking this much, and that may lead to some cranky kids. If you are traveling with an infant, I would suggest renting a stroller from a company that also rents other baby gear and get everything you need from the same vendor.
Fortunately, there are several stroller options when visiting Disney World. Let’s take a look.
BYOS – Bring Your Own Stroller
Bringing your own stroller is probably the best option if you have a young child or children who will rely on the stroller constantly or at least the better part of the vacation. This is a low-cost option because you’ll be bringing your own stroller from home, and most airlines will check it at the gate for free.
During a potentially stressful situation of trying to navigate a huge, unfamiliar theme park with excited young children, the familiarity of your own stroller might bring some comfort especially if you have a system of how to store and carry things like drinks, a diaper bag, coolers, etc. As a downside, you’ll have to fold up your stroller and carry it with you everywhere including on Disney buses, which can be quite cramped at times. Strollers can be put through a lot during a Disney vacation especially since you can’t take them inside many attractions. Therefore, if you don’t already have a rain cover, you might want to buy one and bring it with you to protect your investment from the Florida elements.
Buy a Stroller in Orlando
If you have a very expensive stroller for home, you might want to consider purchasing a less expensive stroller for your Disney vacation to avoid the wear and tear that your everyday stroller would most surely face even in just a few days. Buying a stroller is often less expensive than renting one even if you don’t plan to take it home with you, and you can have it delivered right to your hotel whether you are staying on or off property.
If you plan to order a stroller and have it delivered, you’ll need to place the order about a week in advance. Remember to check the shipping details and plan to have it delivered a couple days before your arrival date.
Address your package like this using the appropriate Disney Resort address from below:
Name on the Reservation
c/o Your Disney World Hotel’s front desk
123 Some St.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Here is a list of all of the Disney hotel addresses to which you can send your stroller:
Disney’s All Star Movies Resort, 1991 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Music Resort, 1801 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Sports Resort, 1701 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, 1850 Animation Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Pop Century Resort, 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Walt Disney World Dolphin, 1500 Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Walt Disney World Swan, 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Shades of Green, 1950 W. Magnolia Palm Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Rent a Disney Stroller
If you don’t want to bring your own stroller or buy one just for your vacation, or if you have a child who has outgrown strollers at home but may not be able to walk ten or more miles in one day, you can rent a stroller from Disney.
Disney rents both single and double strollers for $15/day or $31/day respectively. If you pre-pay for multiple days, the cost drops a bit to $13/day or $27/day respectively. What’s really great about these strollers is that they’re sturdy and can support even older children up to 100 pounds. Plus, you don’t have to carry them around when you aren’t using them.
Unfortunately, renting a Disney stroller is expensive, and they can’t be taken outside of the parks. They must stay in the park in which they are rented, and they are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. The hard plastic can be uncomfortable and even heat up on hot Florida days. They also can’t support a baby, and they have no storage unless you want to put a bag or cooler at your child’s feet, which I’ve seen people do plenty of times. Fortunately, there are other rental options available in the Orlando area.
Many of these locations are preferred providers who will deliver your rental stroller right to your hotel, but some, like Baby’s Away, will not deliver at all. Others will deliver it to the hotel, but you have to meet them in person to pick it up. Be sure to check the details of each company before you choose a vendor.
The companies listed above rent single and double strollers, and many of them rent other baby gear including cribs and car seats. Some even rent other assistance items like electric scooters. You can also get insurance, rain covers, and strollers that can support up to 100 pounds.
On the downside, some companies will charge a delivery fee, and not all rental locations have style options – you may only have one or two stroller styles from which to choose.