Monday, June 26, 2017

Stroller Tips for Disney Parks | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I've traveled to Disney several times with strollers when my children were toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age. We've brought our own, rented from Orlando Stroller Rentals, and used the ones provided in the parks. I've learned several things over the years of traveling to Disney with a child in a stroller.  Here are my top tips for families using a stroller at Disney.
1. Make your stroller stand out. There are A LOT of strollers at Disney parks. Wether you bring your own or rent a stroller, bring something to make your stroller stand out.

  • We like to tie a large obnoxious ribbon to the handle of the stroller so we can spot it in the sea of strollers when we exit an attraction. 
  • I've also seen families tie a helium balloon to the stroller to make it stand out. 
  • We also make a "name tag" for the back of our stroller that says "The Green's Stroller" with our favorite characters. Once laminated, this can easily be attached to your stroller with safety pins. Try a Google search for Disney Stroller Tags for inspiration. 
  • At night, tie glow sticks on your stroller, wrap a glow necklace around the handle, or attach battery operated Christmas lights to the stroller to make it stand out.

2. Keep your stroller safe. While stroller theft isn't common at Disney, remember it can happen. Disney doesn't like for guests to use bike locks. When strollers are locked to a fence or tree, Cast Members can cut the lock in order to move the stroller. 

  • If you insist on using a lock to deter others from stealing your stroller, lock your back wheels together so your stroller can be moved if necessary by Cast Members.
  • Do not leave any valuables in your stroller when you go on an attraction or in a restaurant.  Be smart about what you leave unattended. 
  • Do not leave opened food or crumbs in your stroller while you are away. Squirrels and birds may get in the stroller in search of food if you do this.
stroller from home
3. Keep your children comfortable.  Strollers are used for many purposes while in Disney Parks. Yes, you transport your children in it, but it can also be used for naps, holding all your stuff, eating snacks, etc. 
  • Disney Parks can be very hot during the summer months. Consider bringing a small clip on fan for your stroller to provide your child with a breeze. 
  • In the winter months, bring a blanket to cover your child at night or when they are napping. This can also double as extra padding if needed. 
  • Orlando Stroller Rentals provided a free rain cover for us when we rented their stroller. If you don't have a rain cover, consider bringing an extra poncho to cover the stroller when it rains. This will keep your child dry and if you are on an attraction, it will keep your stroller dry for when your child need to get back in it. 
  • Bring a light weight blanket or towel to clip onto the stroller shade to help block additional sunlight if your child is napping. 

stroller from the park
4. Know the "rules" for strollers at Disney. Crystal B., a Disney Parks Mom Panelist, give a great answer about strollers at Disney. While I've never seen an official list of rules, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Children need to be out of the strollers and the stroller needs to be folded when entering Disney buses and parking lot trams.
  • Most of the time, you can stroll your child onto the monorail and ferry boat without folding your stroller up.  The exception to this is during peak times such as Thanksgiving week and Christmas week.
  • Most attractions and restaurants do not allow strollers inside. There will be a designated parking lot for strollers outside each attraction that Cast Members will patrol. Part of their job is to move strollers around to make room for new ones. Remember that your stroller may not be in the same spot you left it. 
  • You will need fold your stroller on the train at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, but you can take it with you and not leave it parked.
What tips do you have for Disney guests using strollers? I'd love to hear in the comments.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Disney Crossy Road Collectables {Giveaway} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I received free products in order to review and giveaway on my blog. 
The opinions expressed here are my own.

Moose Toys, the company who makes Shopkins, has partnered with Disney to create Disney Crossy Road collectables. These new toys were available in stores on April 2. My boys and I were sent some samples last month to review here on my blog. Now, we have been offered the opportunity to share these great collectable figures with one of you!
last month's Disney Crossy Road Surprises

this month's Disney Crossy Road Surprises
You can collect and play with these 8-bit style collectibles, plush and key chains. Series 1 consists of characters from Mickey Mouse and Friends, Toy Story, Big Hero 6 and The Lion King. I honestly can't tell you which character is my favorite.
One of my lucky readers will receive a 7-pack, a 4-pack, a plush, 2 blind boxes and 2 hangers. To enter, you just need to follow the Rafflecopter entry form below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!! You have until Friday, May 19 to enter. Contest is open to residents of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter and be notified by email. Winner has 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.

I received free products in order to review and giveaway on my blog. 
The opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Unique Things to Pack for a Disney Trip | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I'm excited to be sharing a list of "Unique Things to Pack for a Disney Trip" on the Exclusive Travel Partners blog today! Check out my list and see if there is anything you'd like to add. I always like good ideas of things you find unique to pack.