Minnie with little girls
  • On Jul 1, 2019
    Amy from IN Asked

    We are taking our 1 year old and 2 year old to Magic Kingdom and Epcot in September. Staying at Art of Animation. Trying to decide if we should bring our own stroller or rent one. What's the pros and cons to each? What would you recommend?

    Hi there, Amy!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!  I am so excited to hEAR you will be visiting Walt Disney World Resort in just a few short months!  You are going to have the best time and make some really special memories with your little Mouseketeers!  Your littles sound about the age of my boys on their first visit to “The Most Magical Place on Earth” and let me tell you, I have some of the best memories from that trip!  While they don’t remember much (if any) of it, I sure do…and that includes the inevitable meltdowns in the middle of a theme park after long days…and I will treasure all of them forever!

    When it comes to strollers at the theme parks, my recommendation is to bring your own if at all possible.  My reasoning for this is that you – and your littles – are comfortable in it, assuming you use it regularly at home.  And, if you happen to be flying into Orlando, you will find it especially helpful at the airport.  We would always gate-check our stroller to ensure we had it once we got off the airplane and could easily navigate ourselves to get to the Disney's Magical Express pick-up point.  If bringing your own is going to be cumbersome for you, then I would alternately recommend renting one from an outside company that will deliver it and pick it up at your hotel.  This way you can take a stroller to and from the hotel to the theme parks.  The strollers available to rent at the theme parks cannot be taken from theme park to theme park or back to your hotel, so having one of your own (whether rented from an outside company or your own personal) would be my way to go with the ages of your Mouseketeers.  At the end of a long day, they are going to be tired and so are you, and carrying littles is the last thing you will want to do!  Additionally, these strollers, while completely helpful and useful, are made of molded plastic and not as comfortable as other strollers tend to be!

    If you do plan to bring your own, just ensure that it meets the size requirements that have been recently updated.  Strollers cannot be larger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long.  I recommend checking the exact specifications of your stroller make and model online to be certain!

    As you continue planning for your magical vacation, please come back with any other questions you may have!

    Stephanie
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Meet the Panelist: Stephanie, Texas

Hello from Texas!  I am a stay-at-home mom to two young boys and a Disney Cruise Line addict!  In my circle of friends and family I am the one that people reach out to for information on Disney vacations.  My family loves seeing the world aboard Disney's amazing ships and I look forward to helping you plan your own magical Disney Cruise Line vacation!   Learn More About Stephanie

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