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.

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