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  • On May 31, 2009
    Paul from AL Asked

    I'm planning a trip to WDW in October. The first for all three of us in the family. I've been reading alot about people renting strollers. Is there any reason why I shouldn't or couldn't bring my own?

    Hi Paul,

    Congrats on your upcoming first trip!  Be sure to pick up free "First Visit" pins for all of you at Guest Relations at whichever park you visit first!

    As for your question, not only is there no reason you shouldn't or couldn't bring your own stroller, but I highly recommend doing exactly that - bring your own.  Here are my reasons:

    - First, renting Disney's strollers is costly.  A one day rental for a single stroller is $15 per day.  A double is $31 per day.  You save a little if you get a "length of stay" rental.
    - Next, strollers are available inside the major theme parks and at Downtown Disney.  They are not available at lots of other places that I think strollers come in super handy.  First, walking from buses to the park gates and vice versa at the end of the day.  Disney has a magical ability to pucker out little ones.  Carrying a sleeping child from the park (after returning a rental) to the bus stop, your car, etc. is not much fun, especially in 90 degree heat!  Strollers are also very useful around your resort (they are huge!) and at the airport.
    - Finally, Disney's strollers don't have all the "bells and whistles" that most personal models have.  First, the seats are made of hard plastic, and don't recline.  The newer strollers at the parks have cup holders (an improvement over the previous model), but they are made of mesh, and not as good as hard plastic ones.  They also don't recline, so if you have a young child who naps, this may pose a problem. 

    Rentals work well for older kids who no longer use a stroller at home.  In fact, renting a double for an older (larger/taller) child is a good option.  However, for a smaller child, who can still fit in a standard, personal model, I highly recommend bringing your own set of wheels.

    Have a wonderful vacation!

    Tanya
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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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